While summertime would seem to be an ideal time to nail down these routines, take ‘er easy and sink into self-care, things like road trips, camping weekends, family reunions and all the other exciting routine breaking that happens this time of year can interrupt our self-care.
First of all, let’s expand the concept of “journaling”, shall we? If the idea of keeping a journal sends you into a spiral of “Dear Diary” teenage melodrama, you aren’t alone! Instead, Monica has taught me to think of journaling as more of a creative practice - using whatever tools you’ve got in your toolbox. She’s convinced me that there is no right or wrong way to go about the practice of journaling!
In case you haven’t picked up on this already, I’m a fan of the open road. I LIVE for a good road trip… the wind in my hair, the hits of the 70’s & 80’s blasting and the greasy truck stop diners all hold a certain nostalgia for me. But more than that, the road stirs my soul and shakes up my sense of everyday in a way that is SO SATISFYING. There’s magic in the excitement of what’s to come and the inevitability of the unexpected popping up along the way. It always does. It’s almost a guarantee when you hop behind the wheel and answer the call for adventure.
Just a few years ago, I found myself in the uncomfortable role of a brand-spanking new empty nester. And boy, it wasn’t pretty... (but then again, when is it ever?) I was filled with self-doubt, and was quite frankly, flailing. Up until that moment when my two kids flew the coop, I’d been a stay-at-home mom for almost 18 years. I hadn’t been out in the “real world” for what seemed like a lifetime, and I had no idea what my next move should be. I was in desperate need of “more” but had no clue what that was going to look like and how to make it happen. The feeling was paralyzing.
"Leadership is taking care of yourself and empowering others to do the same." - Abby Wambach
I read Abby Wambach's book Wolfpack last weekend - twice - I couldn’t get enough. One of her eight New Rules I can't get out of my head is this: Lead now - from wherever you are.
When I became a mom I realized that whether I liked it or not, I had just been cast in the greatest leadership role of my life. I would be leading by example and it was up to me to choose what type of example that was because my kids would be watching and modeling my behavior. Yikes! The weight of this responsibility was not lost on me. Fortunately I had support and guidance from my mom and my sister, who taught me how to lead from where I was, even in my weakest moments as a mother.