This blog post is sponsored by American Express.
Working for myself is sometimes all consuming. As much as I love the freedom, it can feel like the work never shuts off and I have a hard time giving 100% to both my business and my role as a mom. If I feel stretched too thin and don’t do anything about it, it can be a downward spiral which leads to lack of motivation, a short temper and just general unpleasantness. No one wants to be around me when that happens. Thankfully, I’ve learned the importance of taking a break. Not only for my own sanity but to make me a better mom, a better business woman and a much happier person. One of my favorite ways to take a break is with Charlie. Watching him enjoy life is so refreshing! I swear every little thing gets him so excited. Seeing a school bus for him is like someone saying they will do my laundry for free for the rest of my life. He gets sooooo excited! And don’t even get me started on donuts. This kid lives for donuts. When he wakes up in the morning, most days we can hear him on the monitor saying “mama I want a donut!” So taking Charlie on a date for donuts is the perfect escape from my to-do list…
Last week, when I was feeling particularly stressed – Dave was on a golf trip, Charlie and Jack were both coming down with colds, no one was sleeping and I was in need of some fresh air – I asked my mom to watch Jack and I took Charlie to get some donuts. We went to the cutest little shop in Western Springs called BB’s Baby Donuts! They have a ton of different flavor options and homemade lemonade. It is the perfect spot to bring kiddos and I knew Charlie would be in donut heaven. They even have chalkboard tables and it is such a fun activity to do with your littles. I left our 25-minute date feeling re-focused, re-energized and just genuinely more content with the chaos, my to-do list and lack of sleep. A good realization that life is all about balance and sometimes just 25 minutes and maybe a few donuts is all you need to reset.
I’m excited to partner with American Express to encourage you all to Live Life Moments. I love this concept. Live life moments, rather than rushing through them, watching them through your iPhone or failing to see the actual moment at all. We all have busy lives and I know that I sometimes look back and think to myself, “why didn’t I take advantage of that moment when I had the chance.” This campaign is really inspiring to me, especially when it comes to taking a moment to focus on the things that are really important in your life. It’s the best way to get re-inspired or recharge.