I am very excited to share my most recent family photos with you today! Gabriel turned a year old last month, which means I survived an entire year of being a mother! I wrote a post about what I learned after 6 months of motherhood here and another one after my first year here. It’s still so crazy to me that I am a mom to a little boy who constantly keeps me on my toes. Sometimes I wonder how I’m able to balance it all, but let me fill you in on a little secret: I don’t, and I’m OK with that.
When you become a mother, there’s never a moment when you have absolutely nothing to do. Chores are never ending and your kids will need you and interrupt what you’re doing at any given moment. However, all the chaos and craziness that I experience everyday is what motivates me to create some type of balance. If everything was always rainbows and butterflies then life would be too easy, right? 😉 Today, I am here to share with you how I try to balance it all. I think some of these tips can also be applicable to those who aren’t mothers as well. 🙂
To me, exercise just isn’t about losing weight or looking good but also feeling good. Honestly, I fell out of my workout routine before I had Gabriel. I was one of those people who was wasting my gym membership away month after month. I just became too comfortable with my life and made up every excuse under the sun to avoid exercising. It is so mentally refreshing when I get to work out and escape my normal routine. I do barre a few times a week and also go on a lot of walks. I haven’t been this dedicated to any type of fitness routine for so long and this is actually the best I’ve felt in years. If you don’t like the gym, then find something else that works for you. There are so many fitness options these days, including a wide variety of free fitness videos on youtube!
2. Discover a new hobby.
This can be fitness related, a form of art, joining a social group, and everything in between! My blog is my main hobby since I dedicate so much time into it. It is a lot of work but I love how creative I get to be and I get to challenge myself everyday. I also decided to start a book club a few months ago and have met some amazing ladies. As a matter of fact, everyone in my book club is actually from other countries from around the world. I love hearing their perspective of things and I always look forward to meeting with them. There are so many new things to try and lots of people to meet. The hard part is getting started!
3. Practice breathing and meditating.
When I worked in healthcare administration, I talked to a doctor that I worked with about stress and balance. This was a few years ago, before I had become a mother. I didn’t understand how she could work 12 hour shifts 7 days a week and still make time to exercise and still come to work everyday with a smile. She taught me the importance of slowing down and practicing heavy breathing. So I sat there with my eyes closed, body relaxed as I practiced deeply inhaling and exhaling. As I fully exhaled, it made me feel like I was letting everything go and was allowing myself to be free of all the weight that was pulling me down. I try to practice breathing every night before going to bed. After Gabriel goes to bed, I stay up working on my blog. By the time I’m ready to call it a night, I am exhausted. I definitely recommend practicing breathing and meditating to help clear your mind.
I know some of my ideas may be easier said than done. Let’s face it, when you’re a mother it’s hard to carve out time for ourselves. I applaud all moms that are juggling multiple roles and responsibilities. It’s definitely a tough job! Don’t forget to ask for help if you can and allow some time for yourself. It makes a world of a difference!
Photography: Michelle Douglas Photography