Amber, Kitty and Celeste - photo by Amber @nonairbrushedme
My dear friend Danielle posted recently about self care on her insta feed. She asked, what use are we to others if we don't first take care of ourselves? But it's hard as mums. We're constantly giving - to our babies, our partners, our jobs... then there's the birthday gifts we have to buy, the grocery shopping, the meals to cook, the family events to participate in, the ferrying around, the appointments...the list goes on.
But this week, quite unexpectedly, all three of us at Natural Supply Co gave ourselves a little bit of time out. How?
I've been juggling three work days a week spread over four and managing childcare pick up (thankfully my husband does drop off!) in between client needs and family responsibilities. Last week, for a multitude of timetable f*ck ups, I had an afternoon off work but was still paying for childcare. So rather than disturb Remy and his routine, I decided to not tell a soul and sneak off to the movies all by myself.
Well, let me tell you, it was deeelicious. I went to that fancy theatre in Lygon Street. Picked up a large bag of bean vegan chips and a glass of vino and waltzed on in to a movie called Get Out. In my frantic haze of "omg I can't believe I'm going to the cinemas" I hadn't really researched the movie. I thought it was a rom com about a couple going to meet the parents, but instead it turned out to be an extremely scary psychological thriller! Yes the joke was on me but I still enjoyed every minute of my alone time and I managed to collect Remy early at 3:30 so it was win win all round. Highly recommend stuffing up your timetable and seeing a movie solo if you can.
Mum looks after Charlie on Fridays so I can get work done; but thankfully this week, I had booked in for a treat instead and took a half-day off work so I could go to the lovely spa at Werribee Mansion for some much-needed pampering with girlfriends.
Amber (from Nonairbrushedme) had found a special offer via Groupon and so we each indulged in a 30 minute massage and facial, which was absolute heaven. Afterwards, we went to lunch at the cafe and caught up on all the latest news, and chatted about Amber's wedding plans. Just the respite I needed after a few tough weeks with a teething baby!
Last week my house became a building site as the builders started repairing storm damage from a couple of weeks ago. Being told that you have to get out of your house and find temporary accom is stressful for anyone, especially when you have a young family and work from home. So I was just about at the edge of my tether, when an oasis of loveliness occurred in the form of a ticket to the Melbourne premiere of the Julie Andrews-directed musical, My Fair Lady. Yes you read that right, Julie F%$&ng Andrews! The wonderful Emma from Who Loves That had invited me as her plus one and it couldn't have come at a more appreciated time.
We got dressed up in our gowns and furs (faux) for the Black Tie dress code, she picked me up in an Uber and we spent the hour drive from Geelong to Melbourne, chatting about motherhood and managing small business, sharing the goods and bads from our week and enjoying each other's company. Emma is the consumate host so she had even thought to bring a bottle of bubbles and two cups so we could have some 'travellers' on the way. I tell you, it was the best therapy session. A glass of bubbles with a girlfriend who genuinely listens to you and doesn't judge. I was feeling better already. And then we got out of the car to the bustle of Regent Theatre with everyone dressed in their finery and had an amazing night at the theatre. It was icing on the red velvet cake.
One funny thing happened as we were walking along the red carpet that gave me a much-needed giggle...Emma pulled me in to have a photo with her and after some polite snapping one of the press guys says to me 'Umm, could we just have Emma by herself please.'!!!
How do you look after yourself?
We hope this post has inspired you to think about how you can give yourself a little self care. Tell us, what little (or big) treats do you indulge in to keep yourself sane?