In between packing lunches, driving to baseball games and keeping up with my crazy busy life (when actually, it's not my life that's busy; it's my kids and husband that are busy...I'm just the glue that holds it all together, which means I'm busy, too) I have a certain hour every day that I take for "me" time. This hour is what keeps me going and I look forward to it every afternoon.
You want to know what I do?
I do the dishes.
First let me say that I HATE doing dishes. That was my main chore as a kid -- just ask my little brother...I used to pay him a dollar to help me. Only we didn't have a dishwasher for a portion of my childhood and, once we did, it was one of those pull-it-around-and-plug-it-into-the-sink ones. Yeah, cause we were old school like that. Anyway, I hated the dishes then, and I still hate them now.
However, I have found a way that makes them fun...and so, I've created my "me" time.
My secret? I plug my ipod into my Bose speakers, turn up my Pandora station (my favorite right now is the Vast station) and...(this is the best part)....dance and sing loudly around my kitchen. I'm sure the neighbors would get quite a show if they tuned into my kitchen window every afternoon at 4pm.
Sometimes I will have a cocktail. Sometimes I will have peppermint tea. But always, I have my favorite music, dancing (which always makes me happy and burns calories, too!) and the dishes. If I'm lucky, my kids will come and join in on the dancing. And somehow, before I know it, the dishes are done, the kitchen is clean, and my day is better.
Need your own inspiration? Just to give you an even better visual, here are some of the songs I've been loving on lately.
This first one is such an uplifting, fun song. I sent it to The Hubs and he said "catchy but it doesn't have enough rage in it for me...." So funny -- he listens to old man music but he still pretends he's in a mosh pit teehee.
Good Life by One Republic
I just discovered this next song and I LOVE it. Love. Love. Love. It's gritty, sassy and it makes me want to put on my cowgirl boots and dirty dance...meow!
Ain't No Rest For the Wicked by Cage the Elephant
Here's an oldie but goodie. You know how you forget about a song, and then hear it a few years later and love it all over again? Yep, this is that song for me.
Walk Into the Sun by Dirty Vegas
Somewhere a Clock is Ticking by Snow Patrol
Get Activated by Gerling
Howlin' For You by The Black Keys
Price Tag by Jessie J