Put Your Oxygen Mask on First, Mama
Sunday, January 15, 2017 by {darlene}

Happy New Year, dear friends in the Blog World!

I pray that all is well with you! 2016 was a crazy year for me, one where my head was just barely above water. We went from “one thing to the next,” all year long AND did a major first floor renovation (read: THIRD full time job) in the midst of it all. Renovations went from April until Thanksgiving, and BOY am I glad we are done! (—> Pics are coming. Won’t say when, because … under promise and over deliver!!)

I shared a bit about my New Year’s Resolution on Instagram recently, and I wanted to share it here with you as well, friend.

Because maybe, just maybe you are in the same boat. My sweet baby is three, and I am not fully out of the toddler and baby fog, but almost. When we have little littles, we are on call 24/7 as a food giver/maker and also an irrational toddler negotiator. Tough work, folks. A fleeting blessing, but tough. And even harder when you are a foxy mama of 41, homeschooling 2 emerging tween boys and running a kick butt leadership business. Phew…

Oxygen mask on first

2017, for this giving mama, is all about “Darlene” emerging again. Slowly. Surely. With the hope to UnderPromise and OverDeliver. I am starting to care for myself more intentionally.

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[A selfie I snapped before heading to an accountability “weigh in,” with my hot lemon water and my Fitness essential oil in hand! Look, even my nails are painted! No small feat for this mom!!]

Here is what I posted:

New Years Resolution Happy New Year @FieldstoneHill

My New Year’s resolution? “Put my oxygen mask on first.” Those of you who fly a lot with kids know what I’m talking about: if there is a loss of pressure in the cabin, mama’s are supposed to put their oxygen mask on before they assist their children to put their masks on. That way, everyone has a better chance for survival.

Last year, everyone else came first. This year, I’m not trying to elevate myself above others, but I am looking at self-care as a matter of survival. Because the truth is, if I don’t put my oxygen mask on first, I am no help.

What does this look like for me? Well, in the last week I have said this a lot: “Sorry, honey. Mommy is eating her breakfast right now, I will help you when I am finished.” …or this one: “In 20 minutes, sweetie. When I am all finished with my workout.” In all honesty, I was not saying these basic things to my kiddos. When you have a newborn and a toddler, you sort of forget how to take care of yourself. I am re-emerging this year, and putting my own oxygen mask on first!

So, mama. You truly must carve out some time, or something for yourself!

Share with me!

What areas of YOUR life do you need

to be putting your Oxygen Mask on First??












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  • This season of my life is very full, too!

    My oxygen mask is working out at our Y. When Tabitha turned two, I was exhausted and couldn’t run more than ten minutes at a time without getting winded. I thought I was healthy because I was thin, but I didn’t have any muscle tone or aerobic endurance. I joined the Y for the gym, but also the community of families in our small town.

    Now I run 5k six days a week and lift weights three days. I can deadlift my body weight and a few days a week I go to Zumba classes with two of my teenage daughters. I have so much more energy and a lot more fun with my kids, especially three-year-old Tabitha!

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