I think it's really important for a mom to have some time for herself. It's crucial to cultivate hobbies, whether they have to do with your family or not. Even though I work out of the home, I don't count that as me time since I don't get to do what I want to do. When I heard that our local mall was having an even for Fashion's Night Out, I knew I had to go even if it was by myself. See, I love shopping. Even if it's not for me, I love it. The thrill of looking for that one item, scouring through racks, and then finally finding exactly what you were looking for. I can totally see why people get addicted to shopping and rack up insane credit card debt. Some of my friends hate it, and that's fine. That's why they ask me to go with them ;-) I usually have coupons too. Paying full price is something I don't want to do too often.
Starting next week, I'm going to be having weekly me time. I'm starting up belly dancing lessons again! I had been dancing for 2 years before E was born. In fact, I was attending right up until two weeks before his birth. I only stopped because classes would go on hiatus from Thanksgiving until after the New Year. I even performed with my troupe six and a half months pregnant. I fully believe that belly dance (along with 22 weeks of prenatal yoga) helped me deliver E quickly and naturally. I will be dancing with a new instructor and troupe, so I'm a little nervous. It's good nervous energy!
Hmm... if only there was some way to add some of this stuff to my resume. It would read natural birther, nursing mom, flash mobber, belly dancer, shopper extraordinaire. What do you do for your me time? What are some of your hobbies?
Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:
These are the riding boots I got tonight. I can't wait for the weather to cool off so I can wear them.
One of my favorite belly dance videos - Ansuya of Belly Dance Superstars dancing to Gamal Goma's Sahra Saidi.