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with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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How Do You Spend Your “Me” Time?

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Far too often, Moms say that they have no time for “me” time. They have jobs and a spouse, and a kid or five. There is always something to be done, so they sacrifice all of their time for those around them … and end up with an empty tank. Don’t be a martyr. Take care of yourself, and you will be more capable of taking care of those in your charge.

I have a busy life, just like everyone else. I am self-employed, and work about forty hours a week between shuttling kids around and volunteering and making dinner and helping with homework, and, and, and. It would be easy to fall into the trap of trying to get just one more thing crossed off my list instead of taking time for myself, but I learned years ago that the list is never done and if I don’t take time for me, nobody wins. I don’t win, my marriage doesn’t win, and my kids don’t win.

My “me time” revolves around exercise. I run, I work out, I ski, I hike, and I move my body. I am a high-energy person. Couple that with a high-stress life and I would explode if I didn’t find an outlet. Exercise is my outlet, and also a day-brightener. Skiing above the clouds in the sunshine brings my mood up ten notches.

I also take time to read (on slower work weeks) and to have coffee with friends once in awhile and like to watch the occasional mindlessly-entertaining movie. I can’t work all of the time.

How do you spend your “me time”?

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