I’ve only been on this motherhood journey for a year and a half, but I am here 18 months after my first baby with many lessons learned and many thoughts that I would like to organize in a series of posts. These are thoughts that run through my head while doing dishes, while waiting in traffic, while getting a manicure and just random thoughts in general that I don’t want to forget.
This weekend I got a manicure and pedicure after a stressful week. Instead of wanting to rush the service like I do most of the time, this time I had hoped that they would take their time so I can settle and get some pampering. “Can I get an additional massage and pampering? I’ll pay extra.” The lady gave me an understanding smile and took her time doing her thing. She didn’t charge me extra. I left the salon much more relaxed and just felt great to start the week.
All week when I see my manicure, it’s a constant reminder to take time for myself, to take care of me so I can take care of everyone else. To find the time to do it, before stress levels gets high and meltdowns happen.
A simple manicure has provided a positive domino effect in my attitude. I wake up and I remind myself why I do what I do and what matters most now. When I see it throughout the day, it reminds me of my priorities and what will keep me happy, not just as a mom, but me as the whole person.