Have you ever flown on a plane? Before the flight takes off the steward/stewardess explains the emergency procedures to you. They tell you where the exits are and what you should do in case of a crash, if the cabin loses oxygen then a mask will fall in front of you to put it on, and you should put your’s on first before helping a child or elderly person.
So, what does this have to do with Family and Work?
We become parents and life gets hard….throw in all the things at home that you deal with…..then you get up and go to work. Did you remember to put on your Oxygen mask first? In other words, did you remember to provide self-care for yourself first?
If you can’t breathe then how can you help your family breathe? In other words, self-care is very important to the life of your family.
For over 32 years I worked in the Corporate world, sat in a cubicle and did my job. It was important to me because it provided income for my family. This income was needed. After work, I would rush off to whatever meeting I had to go to, and sometimes those were required meetings for work, most of the time, they were for the kids and their activities. I remember being so tired that I could barely stay awake during them. If I had time to eat before it would be fast food, or I would have to wait until I got home. As the kids got involved in more activities, dinners were always on the run.
I had to be very organized and kept a color-coordinated calendar with all activities, planned out the meals for the following week on Sunday night and never got enough sleep, exercise, downtime, etc.
Can you relate to any of this?
There is more to my story for later, but right now I want to introduce you to the other part of my life: my work. Not only am I a blogger for Parenting Peacefully, helping parents learn self-care and a sense of peace, but until recently I also provided Virtual Assistant Services, at EHC Business Services.
I worked from home for five years and provided mentoring to people who would like to start a Home-Based Business. I had my self-care scheduled on my calendar.
It was until this last year with more health problems, that my family and I decided it was time for me to just do the one thing I love, helping people learn to take care of themselves.
To read more about my journey to better health and self-care, click here. Please understand that this journey is never-ending.