Emerge Unstoppable in 2011!

Emerge Unstoppable in 2011! That's my mission this year. Join me as I blog about life during divorce, raising a three year old, and the fight to live one's dream of being a writer, a graphic designer, a prayerfully a success at it all.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday - How Do You Relax?

Okay, here it is, the very first installment of Wisdom Wednesdays. I am so excited to be able to share these special posts with you, because, at my heart, I've learned a lot and want to impart that wisdom on everyone who will listen (in this case, read). Are you laughing? Don’t we all want an audience for our opinions, knowledge, wisdom?

The world today is wrought with time-sucks. You know what a time-suck is, right? It's anything you have to do to get where you want to go. Traffic, for instance, is a time-suck. Albeit enjoyable, catching up on Facebook updates and Tweets can be a time-suck. Wrestling with a three year old who refuses to get dressed for "school" is most certainly a time-suck. So, after a day filled with the crazy that accompanies life and takes away any chance you may have to do a teensy-weensy something for yourself, when and how do you relax?

For me, it's all about getting up early and staying up late. Doesn't sound very relaxing, does it? But, those two things are actually on my "goals" for this year along with a closing statement...Take Care of Myself!

When I get up early I use that time to enjoy my favorite coffee, watch the sun light up the houses across the street, I catch up on FB and Twitter without interruption. It's a wonderful time for me.

Staying up late often allows me to wear my stress-relieving mask (yes, the same goo-filled doohickey you've seen at the drugstore), watch grown-up television, and maybe even, God bless, paint my toenails.

Do you see a theme emerging? Taking care of myself is an important part of Emerging Unstoppable in 2011. They are little things that to anyone else may seem trivial, but to me these are major accomplishments, a part of my happiness that cannot be lived without.

When and how do you relax? Do you take good care of yourself? Share with the group the times and ways that help you stay Unstoppable and every person who comments between midnight March 2nd and midnight March 3rd will be entered into a drawing to win The Unstoppable Coffee Mug (or another available Unstoppable product of your choice).

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Until tomorrow, I remain,



  1. I find there's a contradiction between "Get Up Early/Stay Up Late" and "Take Care of Yourself," but I find myself getting up early and staying up late anyway! But I do start and end slow. I get up at 5:45 and see my 15yo off to school, then relax for an hour or so with a cup of coffee and all my online social networks. In the evening, after a spot of TV with the boy, I settle in again with my laptop, this time with a glass of wine, and read a chapter or two from something in my to-be-read pile before I finally start nodding off. Time-suck aspect aside, this morning and evening routine provides a gentle rhythm to my days, and these quiet times are a much-needed balance to the crazy days sandwiched between them. And now I have a new blog topic: IN DEFENSE OF THE TIME SUCKS!! XOXOXO

  2. Laughing. Thanks for the perspective, Pam. Glad I could be of service.

  3. Lindy, you are such a fabulous writer. I think you are going to be famous some day!

  4. Thanks Kerri. I hope you will keep coming back! My journey will be fun to follow.

  5. Funny how I was thinking this just last night at the track meet from he**, but-- when I used to run miles, and now when I bike miles (we're talking 33 on the bike, 4-5m running), it was such a time suck. I mean, you don't produce anything! Yeah, you make muscle, & I sure had some then. But the laundry, writing, networking... not possible when you're just concentrating on breathing or not falling over. Does make you fit though-- gotta add another mile to the treadmill today.
    And more lovely meets tomorrow & all day Saturday! #lovin'highschoolathletics

  6. How do I take time for myself? I have been asking this question ever since I became a mother.
    On the days that I feel like myself-a woman-with a heart and a brain- and not just a wife and a mother, I find that I am scheduled and schedule in me time. It is not as exciting as the prebaby life, but it works.
    1. I go to the gym after the little one gets up from a nap and really sweat! I fight the urge to relax knowing that finnally someone else is watching him for an hour.
    2. I make me husband etch out 40 minutes for male bonding and bath time. I take this time to pray and read the Bible. I realize that knowing God values me is invaluable.
    3. After the little one goes to bed, I once again fight the urge to relax and watch mindless TV instead I curl up in bed with a good book and a hot cup of tea.

  7. Thanks Gloria. I'm glad to know you do find time for yourself. You, of all the women I know, deserve it! Happy belated Birthday!