After taking some much needed me time this past week, where I was not on duty and not responsible for making decisions for my son, it made me think about why Moms should take at least one "Momcation" monthly! Yes, Momcation, as in a brief time away from your children.
When I eagerly packed my bags and whisked off for a few days, I freed my mind of any Mommy duty. Gone were the thoughts of waking up to cook breakfast when I just wanted to sleep in. Gone were the thoughts of clothing battles when my kiddo just wants to wear boxers all day. Most of all, gone were the "Mommy...Mommy...Mommy" "MOOOOOOM!" wails that echo my house every day. What I welcomed was me.... Monique.
As mothers, we get very busy taking care of our children and our husbands. From picking up dinosaurs and race cars that are sprawled over the playroom, to cooking and cleaning, working and maintaining a career. We are quite busy making sure that everyone is doing okay that we sometimes neglect ourselves. There are days that we get little sleep and spring back into the next day ready to do it all over again. After so many restless days, however, Moms can become a....well.... a hot mess!
Momcations provide us that opportunity to restore our health, our focus, and our balance. It helps to renew our dedication to mothering and parenting, and even in our roles as a partner. Which is also great for Dad, too! Don't act like you don't control every move and task that Dad has to get done. Certainly, this past week "Dad" took on the daily duties of cooking, cleaning, packing lunch, and helping with homework...activities that he doesn't always get to take part because of our separate homes. And you know what? I refrained from running to the rescue when there was a small life fire.
AND IT FELT SOOOOO GOOD!
Why? Because my son will be okay without me... even if it he isn't 100% okay without me. I mean, let's face it....I'm Super Mom and pretty damn awesome! And I know my kiddo does miss me when I am gone...and I miss him too. Which makes coming back from Momcation even better! I can then handle being told to "Look" at something a 100 times, or watching Land Before Time for the 3rd weekend in a row!
Most importantly, everyone APPRECIATES you that much more! I can't tell you the number of times my son's Dad thanked me via text and phone call for ALL that I do every day. My son....JUMPED into my arms when I welcomed him off the bus, and said how much he missed my cooking. I think he was "take out" out'd!
Of course extended Momcations... you know out to an island, a cruise, the mountains...VEGAS... may be grand! But it is not necessary. You can take a mini break for a weekend or a night. Grab a friend and just take a little road trip or just hang out around town. Share a hotel suite, a few cosmos, and go out for a day of shopping and fun! And if you can't get your girlfriends to get down with you.... you know what... make it a day for yourself! Go to the Spa. Get a mani-pedi and a massage. Eat your favorite foods. And stock up on a bottle of wine and buy a new wine glass. It doesn't require much planning....you just have to DO IT!
And if you need some help getting there.... Let me get you started. Join me for the Girlfriends Weekend Retreat June 2-4, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Norfolk Airport in Norfolk, VA. I already have your hotel room booked! Tickets for the Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise are in your welcome bags along with a ton of goodies and more! And... there is WINE... networking with other women... WINE... our favorite vendors... WINE... and plenty of activities to help us recharge and rejuvenate our minds on our goals and desires!
Pack your bags. RELAX. And take a Momcation!