Finding Me Time
Life as a mom can make it almost impossible to find time for yourself. I know I tell myself to find my “me time” but I’m always finding ways to sabotage my own well-intentioned plans. Skipped nail appointments, long over-due hair appointments (because a properly positioned headband can buy you at least two weeks, right?) “Me time” always seems to get put on the back burner, somewhere after child time, story time, husband time, dog time, gas-up-the-car time. So I don’t know what it was about this particular morning, after I dropped The Little Made Man off at camp, to do something I wouldn’t normally do. I made a conscious decision to pull right into the Denny’s parking lot.
“I need some coffee. I need a real breakfast.” I told myself.
Coffee and breakfast. It’s not really that much to ask for, is it? But I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a real, sit-down, let-someone-serve-me kinda breakfast. My breakfasts usually consist of the cold leftover eggs from a plastic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle plate. And yes, although I do have my coffee everyday, it’s usually poured into a travel mug to
pound drink while I’m praying the clock would just tick slower so I can make it to the drop-off line in time.
So I walked into Denny’s and said, “Table for one, please. Near a window, maybe?”
And the server put me down in a little comfy booth with a sun-lit window to my left.
“Coffee?” He asked.
“Yes. Yes, please.”
He hands me a menu, and I just take a minute to smell my coffee and watch the little swashes of steam rise up from the cup. And I realize that I’m smiling to myself. Ahhh. This is what me time is supposed to be.
I find a Veggie Skillet calling me from the Fit Fare menu items list and I know my trainer can’t punish me for this: Seasoned red-skinned potatoes, fire-roasted bell peppers and onions, mushrooms and broccoli- topped with two egg whites scrambled with spinach and grape tomatoes.
I sat in the company of the music playing in the restaurant and left my phone in my purse. I didn’t check Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. I didn’t check my text messages. I sat and I enjoyed breakfast with myself. I enjoyed every bite. I enjoyed the thought that there would be no dirty dishes sitting in the sink after I was done. I asked for another cup of coffee. I mentally made a note of everything I had to do the rest of the day. It was amazing.
When was the last time you found your “me” time? Would “Breakfast For One” be your chosen Me time break?
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Kaleena C. says
I am still working on the finding time for me. I have four kiddos, a 5 yr old, twin 2 yr olds, and a 6 month old. It’s hard, isn’t it? Good for you for taking some time for yourself!!
Mommy Mafia says
Oh My goodness Kaleena, you seriously have your hands full! I hope you find your “me” time- I know it’s so much easier to say than to actually DO. xo
Theda Sinozich says
I have 3 boys and so glad my husband understands my need for me time!
Deborah D says
I know what I’m having when I go to Denny’s next.
Amber Ludwig says
I never try!! I am totally one of those people that is not a fan of being alone!! Ive been around my son 24/7 for way too long I think lol!! We’ll that and I come from a house that was never empty!! I do find me time when I read tho!! So that is just fabulous!!