Happy, happy weekend!
It’s been A Week over here. (And in case you need clarification, I mean the y’all gonna make me lose my mind kind of week.)
Mid-summer doldrums make for very restless natives — and my house has four of them. Restlessness breeds loud, needy, cranky kids, and my introverted nature has been kicking and screaming for some peace and solitude.
It’s time for replenishing myself and enjoying some quality self-care.
Self-care? What’s that, you say?
I know, I know — it’s so hard to come by. And there is always that little nagging voice in your mind telling you not to bother.
There are only so many hours in the day! The kids always need something; then there are all the chores. Sooo much laundry! And what about my husband? Besides, isn’t it kinda selfish to do things for myself??
If it’s been forever and a day since you actually took some time for YOU, then read on, my friend.
You may have joined me for last month’s Self-Care Challenge where we talked about reframing our vision of self-care — learning to see it as a good and allowing ourselves to practice it, guilt-free.
One of the (countless) beauties of Catholicism and the communion of Saints is that whenever I want to make an argument for something good, I can almost always find someone holy to back me up. So allow me to introduce you to this gem from Pope St. John Paul II:
I sense tiredness in [you]. You need to wait things out, some time to do nothing.”
John Paul wrote this in a letter to one of his dear friends, a young woman who was in the literal trenches of motherhood, wrangling 2-year-old twins. JP2 was already one of my all-time fave Saints, but when I discovered his gentle, gracious perspective on motherhood, I felt like I’d struck gold.
Here you have one of the greatest Saints of the Church telling a young mama that she needs some time to do nothing. In other words, he was telling her to take care of her own needs.
If you have been doubting that self-care is actually legit — or if you’ve been dragging your feet about making yourself one of your many priorities — then let this be a little divine kick in the pants. 🙂
So, take a deep breath right now, and tell yourself, Self-care isn’t selfish. Self-care is life-giving, both to me and those I care for. Today’s a great day to begin, sweet mama!
If your life is anything like mine, simple and stress-free self-care choices are going to win out every time. I’ve recently discovered a creative, beautiful, EASY way to make sure I’m getting some quality me-time at least once a month.
Allow me to introduce you to Moms Night In Boxes!
Moms Night In Boxes are part of the Night In Boxes company, a subscription service that delivers creative, monthly night-at-home enjoyment, straight to your doorstep. Night In Boxes first began with Date Night In, a themed box filled with unique, romantic at-home date night activities (including a song playlist!). Babysitting is tough to come by for us in the evenings, so my hubby and I just signed up for Date Night In and I seriously can’t wait!
So what’s in the Moms Night In box??
Moms Night In sends you a monthly box filled with fun, unique, and relaxing items, ideas, and activities, all aimed to help you take a moment every month that is just for you! Each box has a new theme and will focus on helping you renew and recharge yourself.
I’ve been loving my first box! My goodies included lovely colored pencils + adult coloring book; hand-crafted lip balm; gourmet popcorn + lollipops; and a lovely tin full of cards that offer encouragement for those hard days of motherhood.
To help you get your self-care journey started — or just to keep it going when you’re feeling stuck — I am giving away one Moms Night In box, packed full of delights for a wonderful, relaxing night!
To enter, LIKE Flourish in Hope on Facebook, SHARE this blog post on social media, and COMMENT that you did! 🙂 Winner announced Monday, July 17! Good luck, mamas!
I am a proud Moms Night In affiliate. If you purchase through my link, I will receive a small portion of your sale (at no additional cost to you!). Thank you for helping support the Flourish in Hope ministry!