I love being a mom. Truly, it is the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. It has transformed me in ways I never thought possible. I have no regrets, no desire to change the way things are.

That being said…

I think it is incredibly important that moms (and dads, too – but especially moms) remember that they are also women, and individuals.

I don’t exist only to support my children’s growth into adulthood, to be there to kiss better every boo-boo and patch up every broken heart. I am not just playing a supporting role to my husband’s career or life plan.

I am my own person, too – and more importantly, so are you!

Women so often have their lives back-burnered because of a natural tendency to want to put everyone else first. It’s what makes us amazing, but it’s also what can lead to self-sabotage.

The kids are back in school now. NOW is the time, ladies, to take a few minutes to take stock of who you are outside your role of mom and wife. What have YOU been dreaming about doing? What do YOU want to achieve in the next six months?

I know it’s not always easy – there is ALWAYS something that needs done, something that should be cleaner or more organized, someone who needs something from you. Right now, stop and listen to that often ignored person inside you who also has needs.

Even if you only give yourself five minutes every day to stop and dream and think about yourself, I hope you’ll think about taking that tiny little indulgence. Relax, take a bubble bath, read a good book. Today, give yourself permission to put YOU first.