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Time to Go Back to Self!

It’s fall, and there is that crisp, fresh, anything is possible feeling in the air.  Fall feels like a commitment to me – a threshold – a time when I feel an immense freedom and sense of choice.

At the same time I’ve just emerged from a busy summer full of health challenges.  The back to school transition has been smooth, but still a big adjustment as we learn all over again how to do the routine.  We still have a mountain of zucchini to preserve and haven’t even touched the apples yet.  My work to-do list is daunting at best. Even with the new hours of freedom while the boys are at school, I find myself wondering how on earth to make time for it all.

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)

There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)

And a time for every purpose….

-The Byrds…

Hold on – a time for every purpose?  I will admit that with everything going on this fall my normal tendency would be to put self-care on the back burner.

Something is different this year.  My sense of fall overwhelm is overshadowed by the awareness that I cannot move forward in a healthy way with all of my commitments without first making a commitment to myself.

Thus… the 30 day Back to Self Challenge!

I challenge you do something every single day to nurture your own return to self.

Keep it simple & manageable – 15 minutes of reading a good novel, 5 minutes of morning yoga, or drinking enough water in a day.

You can keep us up to date on your Back to Self challenge here on the Mothering blog, as well as on our facebook page with musings on my experience and the nature of commitment to self.   Please join me!

What will you do for yourself today?



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About Sarah Juliusson

Sarah Juliusson, founder of Mama Renew, is a gifted facilitator and writer on the journey of birth & motherhood. She brings two decades of experience supporting families through pregnancy, birth and motherhood to her work. Sarah is mother to two growing boys, a playful crafter with cloth & wool, student of traditional food preservation, and a diva at heart. Join the conversation on http://www.mamarenew.ca & on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mamarenew

Comments (11)

I like the idea of drinking enough water -- something I always forget about until the end of the day, when I'm gulping down two glasses at the sink after I've brushed my teeth. Maybe I should buy one of those pretty aluminum bottles to carry around and remind me to drink! .-= Heather´s last blog ..Return of the Midwife =-.
What a great challenge! .-= Jessica´s last blog ..- spelling - =-.
The bottles make all the difference, Heather. I always have one in the car, one in my office, and one by my bed.
I'm in (actually I've been trying to do this since a retreat in August)! My goal is to "use my words." I struggle in asking for what I want/need from my husband and I have a hard time saying no to him :) "You can't have an authentic yes, without a no." Now, I've been thinking before I speak but then following through with telling him how I'm feeling instead of bottling it up. Sometimes, after thinking I can just say yup I over-reacted and I'm done now. Sometimes though I do need to say what I'm feeling inside. This is part of my self-care because it's admitting that I'm an important part of this family with a say in how things are done. My husband is really super awesome and even though it's hard for him to listen to me sometiems, he still does and our relationship just gets better every day. I'm also trying to remember to drink more water :)
What WILL I do? Read blogs that inspire me--walk more--eat less sugar--so many things I should be doing for myself...
Perfect timing for this. I'm starting back to work this week after being on maternity leave for the past 3-months. I need this! Great idea!!
I LOVE this idea! I plan on drinking more tea, reading some good books (instead of watching tv and being on the internet), jogging, and blogging more. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)
This is so great that more woman are realizing how important it is to take care of themselves. That is not being selfish to take time out and rejuvinate even if it is only 5 minutes here or there. If you are completely drained and stressed how could you possibly be the best mom you can be? This is something I have been working on and it has made a huge difference in my relationship with my kids :)
Great idea! I try and make time to ride one of my horses every day I can. When I go too long without riding I am neither a good mother or partner. But on days I cannot ride I am going to try to do yoga...and drink water!
Great insights Emily - you are right about the power of asking for what you need & saying no. “You can’t have an authentic yes, without a no.” You may find it helpful to reflect on the ways you have tended to say no in the past - is your no clear? tinged with guilt? is it followed by a qualifier such as: "but if you can't find anyone else to do it, I'll do it." We each have our own "speciality" kind of no - and most of them get us into some trouble and we end up much closer to the "yes" than we'd intended! deep breath first. Ask yourself what your belly and heart want you to say. Another deep breath. And speak from that place of knowing - no excuses, no apologies. I'll do a post on "saying no" one day soon - a theme so many of us struggle with. blessings, Sarah
Ah Jessica, such a big difference between "will do" and "should do" isn't there? Day by day, moment by moment. Each little thing does add up.
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