Dear Working Mom,
You are trying to juggle all of it. Keeping up with work-life balance while trying to take care of yourself. You try to stay fit and keep your roots from turning into an unintentional ombre. I know you try to give your kids home-cooked meals but sometimes it’s frozen pizza and fishy crackers. I know you love your Husband and your children. But often times, we feel like we are failing. I want you to know that you are good enough just the way you are.
What are your days like? Are you talking to clients all day? Working retail? Performing surgery? Or maybe selling homes? Each day it seems the work is never done. At the end of the day, the best part is kissing your screaming toddler and crawling in bed with your spouse. I feel ya.
I’m writing this to you because I’ve been there. That’s me. I think I spent nearly 2/3 of last year as a weary working mom. I gained weight. I traveled monthly, taking red-eyes so I didn’t sacrifice an evening with my family. It took a toll on me. I gave up taking care of myself for my family, my career and obligations. And at the end of the day I still didn’t have the toys picked up, the laundry done or clean bathroom floors. I felt guilty.
I encourage you not to feel guilty for taking time for yourself. Don’t lose yourself in obligations. Ask for what you need. And ask for what you want. Get a babysitter regularly. I lost myself over the last year and I’m just starting to feel like myself again. I’m starting to remember things I loved to do before kids and things I loved to do with my Husband when we were first together.
Don’t feel guilty. You are good enough just the way you are. Now go take a nap.
Do you feel me?