A few days ago, I was sitting at the kitchen table enjoying a cup of tea when my 10-year daughter came up to me with a piece of paper in one hand and her tablet in the other. By the look on her face I could tell there was a question coming. It turns out she was working on an inspiration wall for her bedroom and wanted to run some potential quotes by me to hear my opinion. After reading her choices aloud, she asked if I knew of any inspirational quotes.
The first quote that popped into my mind was, “Nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” Now I must admit that is definitely not the kind of quote that belongs on an inspiration wall. So, I took a deep breath and then shared with her the following quote, “You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first.” She looked at me for a moment inquisitively and then said, “Mama, I get it about taking care of yourself but what does an empty cup have to do with anything?” To which I replied, “Honey, it means that if you don’t take care of yourself first then it’s difficult to help others.” At that she nodded, and said, “I think I get it.” I said, “Good, why don’t you go finish in your room so Mommy can fill up her cup.”
After that semi-deep conversation, I started thinking more about the quote that I provided to her. It really is very important to take care of yourself. As parents, we need to find time throughout the day just for ourselves. Sometimes this can be quite challenging.
One of my favorite “Me” activities is to sneak (#MomSneak) in a bit of Netflix every day. Watching 15 or 20 minutes of comedian “Dave Chappelle” or catching an episode of one my favs like “Orange is the New Black” (#OITNB) or “Glow” is all it takes to recharge my batteries. If I’m facing a particularly challenging day I can always watch an episode of “Shameless” or “Weeds” to help bring me back down to earth. Watching those shows make me realize that there are people out there facing much bigger problems than mine.
So, if you are feeling rushed, stressed, or just overwhelmed make sure you #MomSneak some Netflix time. That way you are not walking around with an empty cup.
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Disclosure: I shared this post as a member of Netflix #StreamTeam. All opinions are mine.