If you've been keeping up with our goings on at all, you may remember that I declared this year my "taking care of mama" year. Yes...I had things I needed to do...lose weight, carve out some mama time, and persue some of those "to do's" that have been on my guilt ridden back burner for years and years.
This past weekend was a hands on lesson in self care. I took a Friday night off work, and got up bright and early Saturday and headed 2 hours to Ottawa...BY MYSELF!!!!!
oh...did I mention I was BY MYSELF!!!!!!!
Can you see why I'm scared of city driving? These are the things I contend with on my daily drive...wild turkeys and fields full of deer!!! I took this picture on my way to Ottawa!
Now...here's my confession...I haven't driven in the city in 5 years...I actually hate city driving, and I've developed a bit of a "phobia" when it comes to driving on those big, multi laned highways. I purposely left early so I could avoid the city traffic, (and ease my way back into city driving)...well...I did it!!! I actually let out a hoot, "WAHOOOOOOO!!!!!". At first I felt a bit crazy for yelling out loud in the car, then I thought...what the heck...I'm alone in the car...driving on the 417..."WAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
I also had some time to meet a fellow blogging mama...we had a lovely "blind blog date" over coffee.
You know you can just tell that someone is a kindred creative soul, and seeing this lovely gal sitting there sewing little wool lambs...I knew I was in the spirit of a creative kindred! She gifted me with a lovely little bunny from her new etsy shop LittleWool. If you're in the market for a lovely gift for your Easter basket you should check her out, her creations are inspired and beautiful, (and besides...we should all do our part to support handmade)!!
My reason for sharing all of this is that all of the things I did on this day scared the hell out of me...from driving on the highway, to meeting someone new, to taking a class by myself in an unfamiliar city. At the end of the day I felt such a sense of accomplishment...a holy sh** I actually did this feeling!! This year has been full of little things...I've started running, (and signed up for a 5k run in May), I've lost 24 pounds to date, I've been taking time to learn new things, and make the time to enjoy the things I LOVE...none of these things make me less of a mama...instead they make me take notice of myself as an important, (and dare I say), integral part of this family...this mama is PROUD to exist and happiest when everyone is cared for...including myself!
Here's to doing the things that scare the hell out of us!!!!
Let's start a revolution mamas!!