Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. And...I don't always like to share. This past couple of weeks have been intense. Between finishing up some client work, finalizing the last couple of weeks of school (finals included), getting the frog princess adjusted to a new school, getting used to the feeling of having my house back after dad went back to DR and preparing for my speaking engagement at Niche Parent next week, I've been doing more than just writing up a run on sentence.
I recently posted the Jada Pinkett Smith video where she talks about needing to take care of herself in order to take care of her family. And while in theory this sounds good, when obligations are upon us and we fail to make good use of the word "no", this could be difficult to put into practice. I have been talking the talk but not walking the walk. Telling you guys to stop and smell the roses, enjoy family, take some time to schedule delicious moments but haven't bothered to do the same.
This weekend that changes. I have two weeks with no schoolwork. This means that at least one big stress is off my shoulders. While I have serious commitments that need to be handled I know that if I don't take time for myself, I won't be able to do this much longer.
Why do we resist doing things for us?
In the last 2 months, I've received 2 gift cards and have purchased NOTHING for myself. How is that possible? I have so much crap on my wishlist. It's easy. I love to make others feel good and appreciated. I make sure my family has what it needs and most days I'm even blessed enough to cover what they want.
Meanwhile, I haven't been to a yoga class in at least 6 months. Can't tell you the last time I went underwear shopping (sad, but true) and I'm contemplating not following through on plans to hang out with my line sister because I'm incredibly exhausted. Running on empty, I tell ya. But you know what I did today? I stopped.
With the frog princess out of the house I looked in the fridge, grabbed some yummy Breyers chocolate ice cream, took the remote and sat back on the recliner. And I took a breath. That's how we start. With one breath.
Now throughÂ September 23, families nationwide are encouraged to submit their delicious moments â€“ a sundae creation, favorite flavor or even a fun family photo â€“ to theÂ Breyers Facebook page. One lucky winner will be showcased within the Winnerâ€™s Gallery each week and will receive exciting prizes, such as a tablet and a yearâ€™s supply of Breyers.
But you know what? I want to give you some incentive to take care of you. I'm going to give you a $25 Target gift card AND some of my precious coupons for free ice cream. The only caveat? You MUST spend the money on YOU. Seriously. You deserve it.
Disclosure: I am a Breyers Ambassador. Because what could be better than ice cream AND special moments? Â All thoughts, opinions and possibleÂ bellyaches from too much yumminessÂ are all my own.