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Self Love

by Sarah on January 17th, 2014

Hi Natural Mamas. It’s been a really long while. I hope that you all had a beautiful festive season with your families, and that each of you managed to find a little bit of time for yourselves.

The task of finding alone time as a mother is most definitely not an easy one. I was given the advice of doing something special for myself, something where I can just “be”, at least three times a week. The reality of it is that I battle to do this just once a month.

I now officially have crossed over into the world of being a working mom. From when Matt was about three months old, I started a new business with five other women which is in essence my dream job. It’s all about helping others, but through craft and design. Within three weeks we’d opened up a shop, and are now in the process of applying for funding, and setting up a production centre.

I keep thinking of that quote I saw a while back: “And she created the life of her dreams, while her child watched her every move”. That’s what this is about for me. It’s about living my my dream.

The difficulty comes in in finding the balance.  Being the best Natural Mama I could be was a challenge in itself, and now, trying to get a job done well and trying to a be committed, loving Natural Mama and wife at the same time is even more of a challenge. With a young baby thrown into the mix,  is definitely turned up! Matt’s sleep took a dive in November, about the time that the shop opened, and well, let’s just say that I was taking a bit of strain.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to go on about how challenging life can be, it’s about how to overcome those challenges. It’s about loving yourself. You see, what I’ve now learned is that in giving that little bit of alone time, relaxing time, to yourself, the more fulfilled you feel. And if you feel more fulfilled within yourself, you’re able to give more to your children, your family, your friends. And if you’re looking after your relationship with yourself, and with your family and your friends, then you’re able to give even more of yourself to your work.

And that Mamas, is the order it should be in. Self. Family & friends. Work. At the end of last year, I had it all mixed up. And I kept making excuses as to why I didn’t have the time to give to myself. But in the end, they were just excuses. They always are.

So, whether it’s reading your favourite book, lying in a bath, going for a walk on the beach, meditating in your garden, or flipping through your favourite magazine, the time that you give to yourself is the most important thing. It means you’re saying to yourself, “I love you enough to give this time to you”, and when we’re loving ourselves, we’re able to love our children and husbands, our friends and our work that much more. 


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