I Need a Little Me Time

June 27th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

Sometimes as mothers we get so overwhelmed with all the things we have to do and all the things that we are responsible for that we forget to take time for ourselves.  I know that I am most certainly guilty of this.

I started my twenties with a new baby, so it was never just me – I always had someone that I needed to take care – there was a child that was completely dependent on me.  I gave up the time that I would have normally spent learning what I liked, what things I enjoyed doing, and the things that I enjoyed doing to make sure that I could provide for him.  I have always described myself as a mother first and foremost.  My stance is that your kids are only little once and that you should enjoy all the time that you can get with them and while I still firmly believe that I have also realized that I am going to get burnt out really fast if I don’t start incorporating some “me” time into my life.

Although I cherish all the time that I spend with my boys – I have begun to realize the importance of having some time to myself.  I think most divorced or single moms can relate – we spend all day trying to please our co-workers or bosses and then we come home and it’s time to take care of the kids – there is no one else there to wash dishes while we cook, or do laundry while we give baths.  I’m not complaining – I love my life but I have just realized that I am going to get burnt out fast if I don’t make sure I’m taking care of myself.  Eventually my kids will grow up and have their own lives and I know that they won’t need me around 24/7 anymore.

So I want your suggestions on some new activities to try or things to do for myself .  Right now I spend most of my “me” time at the gym as I’m trying to get off the rest of this divorce/baby weight – but that’s not really that fun, I want to do stuff like the following that are currently on my list:

-Learn to speak Spanish

-Learn to play guitar

-Try out a new restaurant at least once a month

-Spend at least 2 evenings a month out with friends

 

So for your chance to win this week – give me a suggestion of a fun hobby that you have – something outside of the home please – I’m there enough as it is! =)


If you win….I will give you a giftcertificate to have a little pampering of your own – a pedicure!  Pedicures always perk me up and remind me that it’s important to take time for myself.

**Nail salon will be chosen after it is determined which city the winner lives in**

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Contest ends 6/28/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

59 Responses to “I Need a Little Me Time”

  1. June 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm, Christy said:

    I follow on Twitter @christynelson1

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  2. June 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm, Christy said:

    I also like Behaven Kids on Facebook.

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  3. June 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm, Christy said:

    Things I like to do for myself: I take cooking classes, walk the park with my friends, go to the library (WITHOUT the kids is such a treat– I can actually browse!) and get pedicures!

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  4. June 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm, Donna Ouimette said:

    I shared on facebook!

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  5. June 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm, Erica C. said:

    My biggest hobby is to go hiking and biking.

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  6. June 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm, Mary Costello said:

    Since I got my iPad, I read all the time…when I’m not surfing the web and playing apps. I also meet a friend once a week for a long lunch.

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  7. June 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm, candace swoveland said:

    we go feed the ducks with kids alot

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  8. June 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm, candace swoveland said:

    liked shelly bradbury swoveland

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  9. June 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm, Mary Costello said:

    Shred on my timeline…Mary Franzen Costello

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  10. June 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm, candace swoveland said:

    followed @candaceswovelan

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  11. June 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm, shannon jones said:

    I do yoga at the y. A little exercise, free child care and some meditation. Perfect!

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  12. June 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm, Keri Power said:

    I try to get together with friends and scrapbook. I also love to read, so I try to go to the library ALONE, grab a book off the shelf and curl up in a comfy chair for a couple hours. I enjoy the quiet time!

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  13. June 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm, Robert said:

    most towns offer some sort of classes at night in one of there schools, everything from sewing to dancing or self help classes, good way to learn a new hobby and meet people.

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  14. June 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm, Shannon Baas said:

    going to the car races.

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  15. June 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm, Ashley said:

    I don’t know what alone time is, but if I had it… I would make things.

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  16. June 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Stephanie V. said:

    Go to dinner and the theatre which I’m doing with a girlfriend this weekend!

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  17. June 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Stephanie V. said:

    like you on facebook

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  18. June 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm, Katie R said:

    My favorite outdoor hobby is gardening. It’s relaxing to work in the garden and rewarding when plants are fully grown and start producing produce you can use in your own home.

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  19. June 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm, Joni chadwell said:

    Going shopping for the day does it for me!

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  20. June 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm, Katie R said:

    Shared via facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/BehavenKids#!/katie.roch.9/posts/355514987853257

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  21. June 27, 2012 at 8:43 pm, Katie R said:

    I follow on pinterest as Katie Roch
    http://pinterest.com/katier6678/

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  22. June 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm, michelle rosborough said:

    Walking

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  23. June 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm, SANDY said:

    outside the home I garden, and garden at community center

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  24. June 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm, Debbie C said:

    Check out flea markets, second hand stores and antique shops. It’s addicting and can lead to some great bargains for your home. It’s a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon alone or with a friend who enjoys the hunt as well.

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  25. June 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm, Debbie C said:

    I like you on Facebook. Debbie Christie

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. June 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm, Debbie C said:

    @chrisdeglen Tweeted -

    twitter.com/chrisdeglen/status/218193876404547584

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  27. June 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm, Debbie C said:

    I follow you on Pinterest. chrisdeglen

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. June 28, 2012 at 12:52 am, Teri Howard said:

    take a walk by yourself and sing a happy song, go into a church and just have some peace, prayer, and quiet, go into a store and find some good deals on stuff you don’t really need….just makes you feel good to find a “deal”, create something, that always makes my day….and just remember to smile and keep believing everything will be all right.

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  29. June 28, 2012 at 3:31 am, jen gersch said:

    i love taking hikes in the woods and looking at all of the plants

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  30. June 28, 2012 at 3:32 am, jen gersch said:

    follow twitter @jtwark

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  31. June 28, 2012 at 3:33 am, jen gersch said:

    tweet https://twitter.com/jtwark/status/218260648528846848

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  32. June 28, 2012 at 3:33 am, jen gersch said:

    follow pintrest http://pinterest.com/jtwark1/

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  33. June 28, 2012 at 3:34 am, jen gersch said:

    repinned http://pinterest.com/pin/221661612880205405/

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  34. June 28, 2012 at 6:56 am, Jennifer Williams said:

    For some “me” time, I like to go to Bingo! And a big plus is that I can win some extra cash….although I rarely win.

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  35. June 28, 2012 at 6:57 am, Jennifer Williams said:

    I follow you on twitter.
    @jennireesa

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  36. June 28, 2012 at 7:11 am, Courtney R said:

    My favorite “me” time includes taking a long bath, watching a movie, reading a book, going for a jog, grabbing dinner with a friend and/or getting a monthly pedicure!

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  37. June 28, 2012 at 11:11 am, Kirsten said:

    I’ve been getting out more. A couple of weeks ago we saw the play American Idiot in Seattle and last night we saw Les Miserables. Going to plays is fun and if you look around locally schools and other productions are out there to see. It’s summer and there are outdoor movies..I have that on my list to do, too.

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  38. June 28, 2012 at 11:12 am, Kirsten said:

    Fan on FB

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  39. June 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm, christal willdebbie said:

    I like to go to the animal shelter and help out there. That is my hobby. I use it to destress.

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  40. June 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm, christal willdebbie said:

    like you on Fb
    christal f couturier

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  41. June 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm, christal willdebbie said:

    follow on twitter
    @cctailor94

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  42. June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm, christal willdebbie said:

    follow on pinterest
    christal couturier(willdebbie)

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  43. June 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm, malissa elgan said:

    Being a new parent I totally understand where you are coming from. I find it very hard to be away from my son even though I know it is so important. Currently the only thinkngs I do for me time is the gym,tan and get my nails done. I want to start to take a scrapbooking class. Other things you could do is have a pool day with your friends lay out and relax. Or maybe have a movie night.

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  44. June 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm, Meredith Drinkall said:

    I like Behaven Kids of FB, and I follow Behaven Kids on Pinterest.

    I don’t have many hobbies outside of the house, but I do enjoy seeing movies by myself. That is a nice treat :) I do most of my hobbies at home during the baby’s nap time, mostly crafting :)

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  45. June 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm, Jenna Schaben said:

    It’s so hard to make “me time” when you are chasing after toddlers and kids’ activities…especially if you are working 8-10 hours on top of it outside the home! So, when I get some alone time, I like to pamper myself with a massage and facial! It relaxes every inch of my body so that when I get home, I feel like a new woman! Which, in turn, makes me a more patient, (tolerable) Mommy to my little guy!! 

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  46. June 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm, Leann Lindeman said:

    Something I really enjoy is taking a day and scouting Goodwills and antique shops for goodies!

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  47. June 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm, Leann Lindeman said:

    Like you on facebook. (leann lindeman)

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  48. June 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm, Leann Lindeman said:

    Following you on Pinterest. leann lindeman

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  49. June 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm, Leann Lindeman said:

    I pinned the post. http://pinterest.com/pin/97460779406604511/

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  50. June 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm, Karen Gonyea said:

    We love to go to open houses to get ideas for our home :)

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  51. June 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm, Jenna Schaben said:

    I fortnight mention that I shared the link on Facebook, I follow you on pinterest and am a friend of yours on Facebook…just wanted to cover all my bases ;)

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  52. June 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm, Sand said:

    I love to bake!

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  53. June 28, 2012 at 11:51 pm, Sarah L said:

    My hobby is volunteering. I enjoy helping at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  54. June 28, 2012 at 11:52 pm, Sarah L said:

    FB like you: Slehan

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  55. June 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm, Sarah L said:

    FB share:
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  56. June 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm, Sarah L said:

    Twitter follow you: slehan

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  57. June 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm, Sarah L said:

    https://twitter.com/slehan/status/218568450476482561

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  58. June 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm, Sarah L said:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/283515739012419740

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  59. June 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm, Sarah L said:

    Pinterest follow you: slehan

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