How’s Mama?

The surreal moment came as we were starting to taxi on the runway.
The flight attendant in some laser-eyed way, came directly to my seat as the pre-take off instructions were going on.

With oxygen mask in hand she says to me, “Put this on your face FIRST. ¬†Have you got that?”

Time seemed to stand still for a few seconds, as her words penetrated into my soul.
Yes, of course I knew that… Or did I?

I began to ponder the meaning of it all.

She went on about her duties, and I, back to reality…

Vacation!?  Well, sort of.

Traveling on an airplane with 3 small kids is more like an important job assignment.
Packing, security, getting settled with tons of carry on paraphernalia, the trip, ears hurting… Ok that’s just a portion of the first part of the journey, but you get the idea!
It’s work, people!

I had been burning the candles hard and long over the last few months.

Launching Moms In Charge was an exciting, challenging and exhausting time for me.

Staying up late to catch up on things needing to be done, since during the day, I continued to juggle all of my ” mommy and wife duties” as well as soaking up all of the fun experiences to go along with them.

However, by the time I arrived at our first Healthy Festival, I was teetering off the edge of my own personal “health”.

I had self inflicted not only more expectations on myself, but wasn’t taking care of myself and making sure I was ok.

Moms in this culture have so much pressure on them already. Then we pile on more loads and expect to somehow arrive looking healthy and vibrant to our “destinations”.

However, I have learned the hard way, that not taking the time to prioritize, regroup and recharge from the busy-ness and craziness of life, that I am basically doing everyone a disservice.

This ” time away” is illusive to many of us and we keep powering through, never scheduling the time for ourselves to be just as important as if it were a meeting, kids’ game or Dr. Appt.

However, the reality is, this time is our oxygen mask!
If we don’t put it on first, we are often too “spent”, without the needed air to our own cells to really be able to give what we are truly capable of.

I am learning and want to share with moms that taking time for yourself is not a selfish act, but rather a necessary appointment.

Thankfully, before our “vacation”, I had finally taken much over-due time away to rest and rejuvenate.

I’m certain that without it, the time with the kids would have been much more difficult.

Coming back home was wonderful, as always.
After getting everyone somewhat settled, I remembered the wise words that were etched into my mind a few days prior.

Thankfully, I was able to take my oxygen mask and put it back on, feeling re-energized as I took a run to the beach to drink in the beauty of my home sweet home.

It may be time for you to ask “How’s Mama?” and place that mask on yourself first so you can live the life you were created for.

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