This fall has been a whirlwind for me! Between the start of school for Adam, moving Ryan into college, and traveling all over the country for conferences and speaking engagements, I don’t think I would know a free moment if it sat down next to me.
To top it all off, now that Halloween is over, the Holiday season is upon us. But before I start drawing up my holiday “to-do” checklist, which is packed with the standard musts including a tip for the nanny and securing someone to watch our two dogs while we’re away (I know that the demand for pet care shoots up over the holidays and I don’t want to miss out) - I create my “Me” list. It’s a list of things I need to do for myself in the midst of all the chaos. This list is critical – if I don’t work on that list first, all the things on the holiday checklist don’t even matter.
Here’s what’s on my “Me” List right now:
1. Meditate, meditate, meditate. I need to find inner calm before trying to tackle everything else.
2. Be truly present with my family. I get used to always checking my blackberry when I’m on the road. But at home, I have to put it away!
3. Drink more water. Way too much time on planes coupled with the dry cooler air is dehydrating.
4. Get back to an exercise routine. I’m turning 40 this month and it’s just getting harder to keep up my energy and stay fit, too.
5. Last week, I went to The Women’s Conference, hosted by Maria Shriver, where I heard Suze Orman speak. I loved her advice of focusing on you and making sure to take care of yourself. I’m going to take Suze’s advice: “Stand in your truth and focus on your true needs, rather than wants.” It’s easy to get caught up in the spending spree of the Holidays. I need to ensure that I’m truly focused on managing our finances and finding ways to show our family and friends that we love them without buying expensive material things. Keep an eye out for a post soon with more advice from Suze!
I would love to hear what you’re doing for yourself this holiday season! Remember, it’s okay to ask for help this holiday season! Care.com is more than childcare; if you’re looking for pet sitters, or simply trying to get the house in order for the holiday season, check out our pet care section or our housekeeping section!