How to Seize the MOMent
By Guest Blogger, Kristen Schiele of Mama Finds www.mamafinds.org
"The best things in life are not things...they are MOMENTS"
In the fast-paced world that we live in, it's just too easy to get busy… being busy. Today there is a "glorification of busyness" that many women fall into, and moms are the most susceptible to this trap. How do I know this? Because I've been there.
When people would ask me, "How are things? How are you?" my response would be "Oh things are crazy!" or "I'm SO busy!" Where I should have said "Things are awesome!", I instead wore my busyness like a badge of honor. And I know I'm not alone... I hear people say this pretty much everyday. Although I've gotten much better about this, I still have to pause for a moment when people ask me this question and stop myself from saying "I'm so crazy busy."
Exploring Downtown Disney. This cute “Seize Every Moment” tee is by BEcoming Threads: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BEcomingThreads
A year ago when I first began making a conscious effort to avoid busyness for the sake of busyness, I also began "Friday Fundays" with my toddler son, Carson. I realized that my weekdays were so scheduled with work obligations and our weekends were filled with social events and catching up on housework...I felt like I wasn't getting enough time to just focus on my son! I was scared his childhood would fly by and I would look back and regret not spending more quality time with him.
So I blocked off all the Fridays in my calendar and wrote "Friday Funday": a day dedicated to just being with my son. One of the perks of being a college professor is that I have somewhat of a flexible schedule; so taking Fridays off just made sense. If I was going to make more MOMents with my son, I needed to make sure I block this time off time in my schedule like I would my other meetings and appointments.
Celebration at the Discovery Cube http://www.discoverycube.org
Some of our favorite things to do on Friday Funday:
- Beach/Pool/Water fight (My son is definitely a water baby!)
- Park to play and have a picnic
- Hiking (we love to go to the Nature Center by our house)
- Make a craft (usually a present to give Dada when he comes home!)
Having a water fight! This cute Wild & Free tee is from The Krafting Kru: https://www.instagram.com/thekraftingkru
So have you ever fallen into the "Busy Trap"? Comment and let me know what you do to "Seize the MOMent"?
Xo, Mama Finds
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About the author:
"Hi my name is Kristen Schiele...I'm a mama, wife, and founder of Mama Finds. I originally started this site as a way to share my product finds with Mamas and other busy people. Although I still love to share my finds, my main objective has changed and I've found a mission I truly believe in: To promote and support the small businesses that I love!"