BlogHer invited me to be part of their celebration of lives well lived by answering this question….
“How do you put yourself first? How does taking time for yourself help make you happier?”
Oh my…that is loaded question. First off, I am not the best at putting myself first…and I am not so sure that’s where I always want to be. Some of the days I do want to be first. I want the pair of nice jeans to be for me and not my daughter…sometimes I want the time my hubby’s extra time to be spent to be with me and not the fire department. But…some of the days I get complete and total enjoyment in giving up my day and my plans to entertain friends or participate in a community service event.
I think that we as a society have added a clique to the phrase “putting ourselves first”..and it’s not one I actually like.
We are a family. We work together. My family knows that I feel better, mentally and physically when I take time to walk the dogs. They work to help make that happen by pitching in and doing chores once I am back or even while I am gone. Sometimes it is a different family members turn to be first…like my trying to have have a good attitude when I take my daughter shopping even though I hate shopping. I would much rather look at it all as working as a healthy family unit.
Of course I feel good when I eat right, when I exercise and when I walk the dogs…but I feel best when our family can hit that perfect balance where everyone gets a chance to at the top of the list.
BlogHer would like to invite you to join in on the conversation about putting yourself first and well as enter their sweepstakes.