Are You Up For A Challenge?

PoppyWell, another new year is upon us.  Time to get out of holiday mode and back to reality.  School, schedules, and daily routines are back in full swing.  New year, same chaos 😉

I wish nothing but great things for all of my fellow Thinkers and their wee ones this year.  Happiness, Health & Healing.

Tomorrow is my birthday.  I will be 41 years old.

Forty.  Freaking.  One.  {{insert heavy sigh here}}  Where does the time go?

Typically, I don’t start my new year until January 7th.  Technically it is the start of MY new year.  That’s when I start the resolutions that I no sooner toss out the window.  Stop smoking.  Start eating better.  Get to the gym.  Get a yoga routine going.  Blah blah blah….

The truth is, none of us are getting any younger.  And if you are like me, Autism is kicking my ass.  Stress, long hours, lack of sleep, hectic routines.  All of these things take a toll on us.  We are the last ones we take care of.  Kids first.  Cooking to do.  Got to fold that wash.  I need to research this new treatment protocol.  I can’t forget to search some new recipes.  Need to review those lab results.  Did I pay that bill??  Did I eat today??

Autism has a way of sucking you in…stealing time…

Bottom line. We are useless to our kids and our family if we are dead.  We MUST start to take better care of ourselves….we have to live forever, remember??

So starting tomorrow, I am challenging myself.  Not to hit the gym and get ripped.  Not to go on a Caveman Diet of nothing but meat and grass.  Not to train for a marathon.

For the next 21 days, I will challenge myself to take some time each day and do something good for myself.  Each day I will do something for ME.  Nothing monumental.  Just some  time in the day truly for me.  Maybe go for a walk on the beach.  Take a half hour and read something NON – AUTISM related.  Catch up with an old friend on the phone.  Soak in a hot bath with a glass of wine.  Hit Marshall’s sale rack and spend a few dollars outside the budget.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Well, if it was that easy, then why am I not doing it every day??  I am sure many of you don’t either, so I invite you to take this challenge with me.  Do something nice for yourself every day for three weeks.  I think you deserve it, don’t you?

Each morning, I will post what I’ve done for myself the previous day on the TMR Facebook page.  If you are up for the challenge, please check in and share your daily “me time” moments.

Just a way to pamper yourself a bit.  To enjoy a moment.  Take care of yourself. Appreciate the little things we so often don’t allow ourselves.

So, are you up for the challenge?? I double dog dare you xo

Poppy <3

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23 Responses to Are You Up For A Challenge?

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  2. Niki says:

    My words and thoughts spoken by YOU! I just turned 40 and had a conversation with my self.. And I said SELF, listen up! So basically I’m in! I’ve been on this “healing everyone around me except myself journey” for 2 years now this month. And I have been running out of steam..( though so worth it!!! ) So I will check in daily, this is great

  3. Julie L. says:

    I have been but will continue to be “in.” I may start seeing a homeopath and also do some small bodyweight bearing exercises while I wander throughout my day. Also, feed myself more and more variety as well. No sitter, so can’t escape, lol!

  4. Deborah Z. O'Leary (@REALMOMMA2155) says:

    Oh, Poppy, my friend, Happy Birthday! 41 is an awesome age. Wait until you are two steps from 60 like me! Taking a “me moment” will be a challenge some days. I am more likely go to bed early! I guess you could call that my “me moment.”

  5. Courtney says:

    Happy Happy BirthdayPoppy! I’m so in…I have recently had my health decline quite rapidly and while I finally recently have answers to why (all roads lead to the stress of my son’s descent into autism and the emotional toll as triggering an auto-immune disorder which has begun to go crazy over the last two years inside my body…as I just thought each symptom was the new normal of what it felt like to go through what we all go through with our daily fights) …however at this time I have to admit the need to take care of myself has never been more evident. I’ve tried but I have not done enough in the last few months to keep me strong so I can take care of and focus on little man. As I am still pretty sick of late..don’t be surprised if I write things such as slept for four hours during the day or hired help for school pick-up in the afternoon for when I can’t drive. These are the things I am finding I have to do for myself of late to keep day to day going but they drive home even more the need to take care of Mommy so you don’t get to this point where you have to fight for healthy again. It’s been a hard lesson to learn but when I take care of me…I AM taking care of him.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Awesome!! I’m in!

  7. Ana Maria Abba says:

    Woot! Love it. I already kinda try to do that so I will go with trying to eat like I feed my children. They eat so well and my husband and I, not so much.

    Thanks for the great post! Happy Birthday!

  8. Liz P says:

    …So I guess, enjoying an organic dark chocolate bar and lovely herbal teasan while researching the latest on Autism, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Epilepsy, Hippocampal Sclerosis, Myelin Antibodies, Visual Dysfunction, and Digestive Dysfunction doesn’t count? I’m in trouble…Would a shower count?

  9. Melissa Vega says:

    Happy birthday Poppy! I’m up for your challenge! I spent several months in the hospital last year and learned this lesson the hard way. I cannot die… my boys need me. I spent a lot more time focusing on me and I am a better wife/mother when I have some me time. Blessing of health and happiness and healing to all the TMRs out there!

  10. Libby says:

    Happy Birthday Tomorrow! Wishing everybody success in finding their daily pocket of peace, and looking forward to finding mine. 🙂

  11. joy says:

    Yep. My official new year also starts the first Monday of school going back. So this year, i’m going gluten free (which i should have years ago, i’m borderline celiac). and refined sugar free. And committing to do 1 active thing per day. Just 1. Doesnt’ have to be a 3 hr hike, could simply be weeding my garden. But something active.

  12. Nikki says:

    Sounds good. But we should also do our best to eat well and exercise for ourselves and to be good examples to our families. It doesn’t have to be going to the gym or dieting but we do have to be mindful of our own health if we are to continue to assist our injured children.IMHO Nikki : )

  13. Allie says:

    BRILLIANT! I’m in! 😉

  14. Lucy says:

    You had me at “challenge”! I’m in 🙂

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