I truly love my children and my husband dearly, and I would give my life for them all at any given moment. God and HIS beloved son Jesus have blessed this journey of motherhood abundantly, with the enduring faith to build a family, and to treasure the gift of marriage. However, sometimes I just need a break! I believe that a “break,” is actually an understatement at this point in the game. What I really need is a mental respite, spiritual and emotional retreat to encourage wellness and personal growth.
I may find myself feeling mentally exhausted, spiritually overwhelmed, and just plain old tired. I am running around making things happen for my family each and every day.I find myself always planning family vacations, play dates, summer activities, and really trying my best to maintain my household. But rarely in the midst of planning for the family, have I ever thought about taking a mom-stay-cation solo.
I think that in the past I felt super guilty about spending time away from my children. In the back of my mind I have a million and one questions going in my head: What are the kids eating? Are they getting to bed on time? Will they remember to brush their teeth at night? Do they miss me not being at home? Am I still a good mother?
I mean once all of these questions circle through my brain, I can totally talk myself out of going anywhere or doing anything centered around me, which is not beneficial to myself or my growing family. But, I am taking action on this one forbidden goal to really take a mom-staycation. My desire is to devote a weekend to me, for me, by me! By doing the things that fill my cup full of joy.
First, I plan on reading a great book without any interruptions from someone calling my most popular name that seems to be trending all the time Mom. Next, write in my journal with the sounds of lovely jazz or old school R&B playing in the background.
Thirdly, watch an epic movie one time, without going back to On Demand to watch the movie because I missed so many parts the first time. This is my favorite, take a soothing bubble bath with my favorite arsenal of bath and body products by my side.
Fourth, grab my favorite adult coloring book, and colored pencils, gel pens, stickers, and planner and go to town just coloring for a few hours!Last but certainly not least, listen to my own lovely thoughts in peace and quiet.
How do you have a solo mom staycation without the mom guilt?