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Are You Last on the List?

When was the last time taking care of yourself or doing something just for fun made it to the top of your to do list? If your answer is a “long time ago” or “can’t remember” or even “never,” you’re not alone. From the time we were children, many of us were taught “don’t be selfish” and “think of others.” We may have learned these lessons a little too well. Most of us spend all the hours of our day taking care of others, completing the to-do list, fulfilling obligations, and doing what we “should” do. Taking care of ourselves is last on the list – if it’s on the list at all. The truth is this doesn’t work! If you ignore your own needs long enough you’re likely to become drained, dissatisfied, exhausted, and maybe even resentful. When you’re not refilling your own personal tank, it becomes increasingly difficult…

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Weekly Busy Moms Interview with Chanel Wood

Hey all you busy moms! Welcome to the next installment of my weekly series on busy moms! I think we learn best from others so I wanted to start sharing weekly interviews with moms just like you, BUSY MOMS! I am so excited to introduce to you to Chanel! Welcome, Chanel W, Owner of Just Plan It Events LLC. So tell everyone where you are from and how many kids do you have? I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and I have One child- a son. Tell me a little about yourself Chanel.I’m a very outgoing individual, full of life and lots of laughter. I’m the mother to one little boy who is the sunshine of my life. Event design and coordination is my passion, that came from a hobby of mine. What is your biggest struggle as a busy mom?The biggest struggle I have as a busy mom is trying to find…

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Mommy Guilt

Mommy guilt I think is the bane of our society these days. You feel guilty if you stay at home not you're not contributing to the family and if you work you're not spending enough time with your kids. As a mom raising children today, you can honestly feel like you are doing it all wrong, no matter what you are doing! How is that helpful? Seriously? When are we going to stop beating each other up and just do what is best for our own families (within the limits of the law of course)? There are so many different and good ways to raise your child these days. And let me tell you, we are all a little screwed up in the head and I doubt it's because of how our parents raised us :) I recently bumped into some strange guilt the other day that prompted me to…

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5 Simple Self-Care Practices You Can Implement Now

Between work, home, and social responsibilities, do you often feel that all your time is spent taking care of others? Neglecting self-care is easy in a busy world, but the consequences can be serious. Adding self-care practices to your daily routine can greatly strengthen your health and well-being. Plus, experts share that the happiest and most successful people regularly focus on self-care! Try these simple self-care strategies today: Block out time for self-care in your schedule. It’s not enough to occasionally stop your busy lifestyle and take a walk or indulge in a hot bath. Self-care is an ongoing process. Just as you reserve time in your schedule for other appointments, set aside time to take care of yourself, too.It’s important to adopt self-care habits that you can enjoy on a regular basis. They’ll help you avoid burnout, increase your productivity, and allow you to enjoy life. Enjoy your favorite hobby. Whether you…

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The Secret Ingredient to Fit in Self Care with a Busy Crazy Life

The biggest excuse for not taking care of yourself that I hear is that "I don't have time". I get that, believe me I do. But I also know that I am busier now than I have ever been before and I make time for the self care that I need. I'm not perfect, of course, but I am improving. The way that I have fit in self care in addition to my busy schedule is taking advantage of the pockets in my life. Listen to your favorite music or podcast on your commute. This is a game changer for me. Waiting for the noodles to boil or when food is in the oven.  You get the point ♥ While your kids are at soccer practice. I don't advocate multitasking during their games and performances but your kids practice a million times. I use this time to work on my…

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Weekly Busy Moms Interview with Randi Norton

Hey all you busy moms! Welcome to the next installment of my weekly series on busy moms! I think we learn best from others so I wanted to start sharing weekly interviews with moms just like you, BUSY MOMS! I am so excited to introduce to you to Randi! Welcome, Randi Norton, Keto Coach and mom. So tell everyone where you are from and how many kids do you have? I’m from Hudson Falls, NY and I have 2 kids -1 boy and 1 girl. Tell me a little about yourself Randi. I have always known I wanted to be a mom and have my own business.  Just never knew what kind of business.  Network Marketing was an easy business to slide into without a huge commitment and I am able to be the mom I always wanted to be. What is your biggest struggle as a busy mom? Balancing everything.…

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Why Modeling Self Care is So Important

There are so many reasons why self care is important, but one that I touch on a lot, is how it is important to model self care for our children. If we do not show our children how we take care of ourselves, how will they learn. Our kids are learning from us how to be busy, stressed and overwhelmed. Parents want to teach their children how to self soothe, so why shouldn’t teaching them how to take care of themselves mind, body and soul be as important? I know that my daughter is watching my every move (that can be a good thing and a VERY bad thing lol). She talks like me and acts like me on many different occassions. I can already tell how she picks up on my mindset issues and my beliefs. This weekend was a great reminder of how my words and actions are…

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What Does Balance Look Like to You?

(Note from Jess: This blog post is from last year (2018) from my old website. My life is much more balanced now, especially as I have continued to focus on self care. I have made a lot of changes in my life and you can too!) What does balance look like to you? Does balance look like you staying at home with your kids full-time? Or is it you working part-time? Maybe it’s working from home part of the time and at the office part of the time. Maybe it’s having a side hustle. Or maybe it’s something all together different. Only you and your family can define what balance looks like to you. And it’s going to look different in each season of life. My life has looked very different over the years of being a mother.  I was fortunate enough to stay at home with my daughter for…

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50 Self-Care Ideas for the Busy Mom

So one question I always get it what can I do to take care of myself?  And, I can’t think of any self-care ideas. The ideas are limitless if you are creative.  More important than what you do during your “me time” is how it makes you feel.  If you are not a bath girl, then taking a bath is NOT going to make you feel relaxed.  Don’t do things that you don’t enjoy just for the sake of self-care.  Unless, it is things like going to the doctor and dentist, drinking enough water, moving your body in some way and eating a balanced diet.  Those things are very important but are going to vary from person to person.  The whole point is to schedule activities in your life that make you feel refreshed and recharged.  I could scroll through Facebook for every spare minute that I have and I…

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Self Care for Coparenting Moms -Because You Deserve It

Coparenting your children is hard.  I’ve done it for about 6 years now and it has definitely had its ups and downs.  Most people don’t go into parenting thinking that they will have to split time with their kids, but it happens.  I’ve come to a point in my life that I accept it for what it is and try to make the best of it.  My daughter loves her dad and I want them to spend time together.  It is very important to me that he plays a big role in her life.  I would never keep her away from him and encourage regular time together.  We have the very traditional every other weekend set up and it works for us.  We live about an hour apart so during the school year it would be hard for us to do more than that.  But during breaks from school and the…

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