I remember my thoughts, very clearly, as I as sat drinking coffee at 5:30 one morning. It was the week before I went back to work from maternity leave for my second child Zach. I was now a family of four and remembered all of the words of friends and family who said, “two kids changes it up.” Life is different when you go from one child to two.
- Full time job
- New business
- Volunteer work at church
- New schedule with Hannah (my daughter) starting Kindergarten
- New baby
Adding to all of that was my desire to have daily quality time with God, my husband, children and exercise. They were all important to me, but were overwhelming and seemed impossible. It was at that time, I realized there were things I would have to take off my plate and let go of, if I truly wanted to focus on things that were important to me. As I thought about where my time went each day, I realized it was not all toward my priorities or really necessary. I knew I would have to make a few changes.
- Saying “yes” to things before thinking it through
- Having my house perfectly cleaned and organized at the end of each day
- Working hard to make sure everything goes according to MY plan (that can really take up a lot of time)
- Giving up a favorite TV show
The challenge for most women is finding time to take care of their fitness, physically, mentally and spiritually. If you feel that way, an evaluation of how and where you spend your time must first be done before you ever get started.
Because if you continue to add more and more to your plate without taking something off, trying to take time for your physical, mental and spiritual fitness will always be a battle. There has to a deliberate and conscious effort to make time for yourself.
The Bible tells us in Psalms 34:14: Seek peace and pursue it.
Improving our fitness and having daily quiet time will not just happen. We have to be intentional with our time and sometimes that means giving up other things that may not be that important in the big scheme of things.