Happy Day 16: Take Time for Yourself

Today I was not doing the "happy" thing. I was doing the "bleah, I feel so blah and depressed for no reason so I'm just going to eat poptarts and browse instagram" thing. I definitely didn't make the most of the daytime. But after the babies went to bed I snuck out to a pottery painting place in town all by myself. It was amazing. And I feel so much better now. :O)

I think we all need time to ourselves once in a while in order to maintain a positive outlook. 98 times out of 100 I prefer to be around people, but there is nothing like being alone and uninterrupted for a while. Right? It's such a nice feeling. I don't multi-task well, so being a homeschooling mom of three kind of feels like torture sometimes. In the best way, haha, I wouldn't change it.

I never blogged about it, but "30 Days of Happy" actually started with me getting out for some time alone. All the little things in life had gotten really, really big and I really felt like I was on the verge of doing something really stupid. I'm not exactly sure what that thing would have been, but whatever it was, it would have been outrageous. And probably stupid. So I just got away for a day to be still for a while. (I now totally understand why women say they need to get out of town to think. It works!!) It was the best thing I've done in years. I didn't really do much, just drove and walked around a bigger city and prayed and jotted down notes and drank lots of coffee and slept all night and felt like the master of my own time for the first time in I don't know how long.

I wanted to write this post to encourage all of you to get away for a day or two if you can. Not to visit friends or family but just to visit yourself and be free and be you for a little bit. I strongly recommend staying away for a night, because the first day will probably be spent worrying about everything you left behind ;o) and it's the second day that makes the most impact. But if you can only afford a day, take what you can get! I think it will make you happy.

As a side note, I can't wait to show you what I painted tonight. I hope it comes out of the kiln all cute!

Have a really happy day!


  1. I think it's great that you were able to take a little time for yourself. I know exactly what you mean about everything building up and being in the verge of doing something stupid. I feel like that sometimes and I hate that I am a "grown up" and cannot act on it, yet I'm glad because I hat dealing with the aftermath of my "stupid mistakes." Xoxo

  2. I know exactly what you mean!! I am constantly caring for others and even though I wouldn't trade it for anything, I feel the life being sucked out of me. To get away for a day, or eat a meal alone would be a dream! I told the hubby as soon as I wean our #3, I am taking a day a whole stinkin day to myself! Haha! But I like your idea of spending the night alone too, I wonder if he would let me get away with that? I know I'd be a whole lot happier :-D

  3. Disney, we have a friend who got a job working on a project with Disney (the company) and when I told my husband, his first assumption was that our friend was, somehow, working on a project with you. You're so cool that you're replacing the company. : )


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