Now unfortunately I’m not talking about a pay raise!
But instead talking about giving YOURSELF a raise.
Everyday you are putting in so much hard work just being you let alone in everything else you do. Now majority of my readers are my fellow pbloggers who are not just taking care of themselves but little ones sometimes lots of little ones and that is something that definitely deserves a raise. You are looking after a little person in my case a 7month old which uses a lot of energy and pushes me to all kinds of limits throughout the day/week/month.
This post is being done because myself and Raise.com want to know how you reward yourself for doing these things.
What is your indulgence to treat yourself?
Is it purchasing something really expensive or is it just spending more than 5 minutes in the shower. Whatever it is I really want to know!
For a while I didn’t have much time on my hands to reward myself; as for the first few months my daughter Amelia wouldn’t be going to bed until I did. Fortunately she now goes to sleep between 7-8pm giving me those all important evening hours. Now in between sterilising bottles and tidying away toys I do definitely give myself some time. One thing that makes me feel really happy is painting my nails; as silly as it sounds for months I didn’t have time to do my nails something I used to do weekly. Now I can have the time one evening a week to do this. There is something quite rewarding about having nice nails(I can see the coral Maybelline nail polish looking fresh right now as I type) and I’ll tell you its a better feeling than looking down at unpainted nails.
Ok so that might be a little be trivial but it works for me! Other things include a bath; usually it is just a quick shower in the morning whilst Amelia is still asleep so a bath is a nice way to relax and reflect on all the things I have done that day.
A night out!! Being a single mum although having an amazing support system around me consisting of family and friends means I am doing this parenting thing alone! For me that works out great as I’m a slight control freak but having the occasional night out really rewarding. I appreciate a night out more and enjoy myself more than I probably used to when I could do it whenever. A couple weeks ago it was my birthday so I went out for dinner with a couple of my friends and it was so nice to be baby free for the evening, knowing that she was safe with my parents and not relying on me for the evening. I love getting dressed up doing my hair and makeup. makes a change from jeans and whatever top is in the front of my wardrobe for most days!
Baking is another thing for me. I love baking. Cakes, tarts, puddings and treats I just love to experiment and make new things. For me its more about the making and the decorating rather than the eating which is probably a good thing ; not that I don’t enjoy indulging in the treats I’ve made. But I find nothing better than listening to the mixer going, radio on and decorating a cake.
Now to do the soppy mum bit; another thing that really makes my day and gives me that raise to get up the next day and do it all again is Amelia. She is absolutely gorgeous and just the best little character that I’ve brought up so far. From dressing her in the morning (in what I must say are extremely stylish outfits) to making her meals and getting her off to sleep at night that is all me and seeing her laugh/smile/do something new is just such a fantastic feeling!
I think it is super important to make sure you have some time somewhere in your day even if its just to eat a bar of galaxy and take a deep breath to remember that your fantastic and doing so well at whatever your day has consisted of, I mean you got out of bed right?!
Thanks so much for reading and if you haven’t given yourself a raise today; you are doing a great job…keep it up!xxx
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