Why You Should Make Time For Your Friends

We all have busy lives. Whether it’s a new job, new baby, ballgames or something else–it’s important to make time for our friends. Plus, it’s fun to hang with your friends. Laughing is good for your soul.

Here are 10 reasons you should make time for your friends.

  1. If you stop hanging with your friends, they will stop including you.
  2. When you really need them, they won’t be there. — Someday your kids will leave home and you will really need your girlfriends.
  3. Girlfriends are the best at listening and understand you. We all need friends to confide in and blow off steam with.
  4. It’s pretty boring reminiscing alone.
  5. Good friends know each other better than anyone.
  6. You need vacation partners! 😉
  7. You need a life outside your spouse/mama hat!
  8. You need a life outside of work.
  9. Laughter is the best medicine.
  10. Let’s face it…girls are fun!

The best project you will ever work on is…

YOU!!!  That’s right. YOU!

I know as a mom and wife I spend a lot of time worrying and taking care of my family.  Sometimes I neglect taking care of myself. As my kids have grown and don’t need their mama as much as those baby stages required, I have had more time to work on myself. What I have learned is if I take some time to myself whether that is working out, reading a book, hanging with my girlfriends, having a date night, going for a massage – I am able to give more of myself to others if I have spent some time taking care of myself first.

Working on yourself can be personal growth, fitness growth, career growth, etc. Results will happen even if the daily changes you make are small. Working on yourself doesn’t always mean setting big goals or expecting big achievements. It’s about making small positive changes and consciously improving yourself every single day. They can be as simple as waking up each day and asking yourself, “How can I be better today? What’s one small thing I can do to bring me closer to fulfilling my dreams today?”

The best project you will ever work on is you!

I know our days as a working mom & wife can be crazy.  Our jobs can be crazy. You may feel like you don’t have any time, but you need to make time. Your well-being depends on it. Whether it’s starting a new workout, eating better, reading a book, getting outside more, going for a run, taking dance lessons, going back to school, getting a massage, having more date nights, or just going to bed and getting some much needed rest — take some time for yourself.

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Today is Sunday. You have a full day ahead.  Carve out some time for yourself. You will still have plenty of time with your family, plenty of time to prepare for the week and plenty of time to catch up around the house.  At the end of the day, you won’t regret it. You will feel refueled, happy and ready to tackle the week ahead.

Do something today your future self will thank you for.

Can you believe it’s March already?

Where the heck is 2019 going?  I can’t believe it’s March already. I swear the older you get the faster the time goes.

Let me ask you this…where are you at with your 2019 goals?  Since 2 months has flown I thought now would be a good time to check in. What goals did you set for this year? What’s the thing you would really like to achieve this year, this month, this week?  Now, take some time and reflect.  Have you taken steps in the right direction to achieve your 2019 goals?  Are you making progress? Doesn’t have to be huge progress, as long as you are making progress.

I set many goals for myself this year.  Vacation plans, career goals, exercise goals, financial goals, etc.  I have met some of my goals in 2 short months and the rest are in progress.  The one goal I’m probably least satisfied with myself is my exercise goals. Now I’m being tough on myself because I am working out more than I did the last several months of 2018 so I’m making progress but I haven’t pushed myself as hard as I should.  Some days I have, some days I made excuses for why I didn’t put in the time on my workout goal.

WHEN I LOST ALL OF MY EXCUSES I FOUND MY RESULTS.

So if you are like me and made some excuses for not pushing yourself hard enough toward a goal…STOP!!!  Here’s the truth about those goal diggers around you…the one you see that works out every day, is training for a half-marathon, or advancing her career. That mama made it a priority. She’s choosing to work towards her goal. She’s not making excuses. And I get it…life gets busy as a mom, wife, working 40 hours a week. I love getting my workout in at lunch. Some days that just doesn’t happen as I need to work through my lunch to catch up but when the excuses for me then occur is that evening. I’m too tired is generally what happens and the couch looks better than a workout dvd or the treadmill.

IF YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT, DON’T STOP WORKING FOR IT.
Even though January and February flew by, there are still many months and days ahead to achieve your 2019 goals. This is a check-in.  I’m checking in to remind you, you got this. You can do it. Visualize yourself hitting your goals.  Work hard and make it happen.

Celebrate the wins

Last night I had the evening to spend with just my daughter since my hubby and son had a pitching lesson and baseball practice.

The evening wasn’t anything “big”. She helped me organize my office, we did a little shopping and had dinner together.

On the way home we talked then we were listening to some jams when out of nowhere my daughter said, “Mom, I love you.” This girl tells me she loves me every night when she goes to bed but out of the blue, anyone with a teenager knows this is big. I asked where that came from and she said I love that we do things together. She went on to say she loves how we play games together, how we talk, etc. She said some girls at school say they don’t do anything with their parents and she was just thinking she is lucky. Melt my heart!

It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive you do together. It really is the little things that mean a lot to kids.

Not everyday do I feel like I’m doing this mom gig right but last night I sure felt like a winner. It’s these special moments that make me proud. I hope my daughter keeps wanting to spend time with her momma, keeps playing games with her parents and keeps talking to me through all her teen years. In the meantime, I will keep celebrating these wins – these special moments with my kids!

“In the end, kids won’t remember the fancy things you bought for them, they will remember the time you spent with them.” — Kevin Heath