March 16, 2011

Peace and Quiet; Pouring My Heart Out Link-Up

My current favorite mug (a gift from my mama)
"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, 
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. " 

Burnout. Not on something in particular- possibly responsibility, adulthood, even (gasp!) motherhood. Burnout ran up beside me and tackled me to the ground. After I spent a few days sick, taking care of Millie, and having Sky gone at drill, I had just reached that pivotal moment.

The moment that says "Mama needs to go shopping".

I needed an afternoon away- from everything. I needed a breath of fresh air. I needed peace and quiet. A friend came over the other night and remarked more than once on how quiet I am (shockingly quiet, apparently!). I realized that that external quietness needed to be internalized a bit. It's how I recharge, personally. I needed serenity.

I cannot remember the last time I went out alone and did something that I wanted to do. Yet, as I got away from everything and everyone, I ended up stressing about what I had planned on buying- things for Millie and Sky.

So I have decided something. From now on, after I put Millie down for her morning nap, it's my time for a little while. I had been using that time to get things accomplished, or occasionally go back to bed while I have the chance, but I have come to realize I need a break, too. Her nap time now is officially my tea time, and I'll spend some of it sipping Twinings and catching up on my daily blog reads.

That's my serenity. And making me serene helps make this whole house serene!

{I'm linking up with Shell today for "Pour Your Heart Out". Consider it poured!}


5 kind comments from you:

VandyJ said...

Everyone need that time to recharge--away from the demands of family and kids and life sometimes. It took me some time to find it--I get a girl's night out once a week--time away. It makes all the difference in my patience levels and energy.

Mrs.B said...

Everyone needs that time especially moms.
Life can get a bit overwhelming from time to time so good for you taking sometime out for yourself.

Shell said...

Those moments without kids, without responsibility- are SO NEEDED!

Laura said...

Everyone needs a little me time. Every time I manage to get out by myself though...I end up having no idea what to do and go shopping for E because lets face it...I'm just not that much fun to shop for anymore.

Beka said...

great post--sooo true.
quiet time is a wonderful time. especially when they're even just napping; i found that out when i nannied next door for two days in a row, two kids, 8 hours straight. fun stuff!!

tea time...mmm:) lovely.

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