On the BBN Facebook page I shared briefly what I believed to be a hallelujah moment of healing from this creepy lower back pain that was persisting for four weeks.
Long, hypochondriac story short – it’s wasn’t organ failure like I was fearing. According to an amazing new acupuncturist I found it was mostly due to blocked energy flow (and a way too chilly office space but the former sounds way more mystical).
But the long needle point of the story is - I walked into her office in pain. Walked out pain free.
While I was lying down I told her my life story – because that’s what you get after you get two triple shot lattes and 50 needles in me. The punchline to the of my story life that day was “I love this time of year”.
And the doctor said, “You know why that is, right?”
And I said, “Yeah because it’s kinda like a new year. A new beginning. ”
But then she counter pointed that it was actually the end.
She’s right! Despite the whole you say tomay-toe, I say tomah-toe dance it is time to celebrate the end of summer.
The end of summer work at home mama bliss that is!
If you work from home or are figuring out how to do such things, treat yourself now to something special to bid farewell to all that summer loving you’ve bestowed on yourself and family and celebrate the growth of that baby of a business-related dream in your belly that will, after much nourishing and baby steps, birth just in time for another season of rejuvenating summer days.
1. Write out a Bliss List.
Get out of your brains and on to some paper some ways to celebrate this ‘back to you time’ in big and small ways. Begin with a smaller celebration that sings to your soul and aim to dive into it while the kids are away sometime during their first week of school.
Such small ways might include a quick coffee date with another mom after drop off, flowers for your desk, fancy handmade cheese, a new album for your workplace turntable (I found me some Edith Piaf). Think something that can be whipped up today or sometime this week.
But also be sure to
pencil in something slightly more indulge-y as well. Scratch that (done), permanent marker it in for sometime in September. You deserve it and your family deserves a mama who knows how to live it up once in a while.
Such larger celebrations in my world include a naturoapath visit for a healthy, hormonally sound mama tune-up, soft tickle massage, a weekend Mama-only getaway at a guest house or a weekend hike with my ladies.
2. State your office hours.
Marking out your hours of operation is a direct declaration to the Universe that you’re intentions to make this work at home mama thing work is strong and for real. Mark the times that you will devote to work and/or your four pillars to Mama Bliss while the kids are either away from school, daycare, napping or busy with homeschool-related activities.
Be mindful of your natural energy rhythms. For example, this summer I discovered that 6:30 am Hot Yoga class simply doesn’t jive with any part of my mind or body so I’ll have none of that until after dinner. Who says you can’t hot yoga with a belly full of chocolate porter beer and tacos?
If visuals help you, doodle up some sort of sign to place at your workspace or on the inside of your daytimer. Then do what the locals do here and slap a sticky note on your door saying you’ll be back in five minutes but really you’ll be MIA for more like an hour as you take an impromptu mega long dog walk (back story: I have a mega-long dachshund). You’re the boss mama!
3. Take a pause to review the big picture.
This is the perfect time of year to review what do you want your days to look like. Click here for a guided meditation to help you paint that picture or remind yourself of why you decided to or are curious about working from home. Mostly because staying at home rocks (speaking as a major homebody) it’s sometimes easy to forget the point of it all and the feelings you want encompass your reality.
What are the simple pleasures you were hoping to enjoy and are you still creating the space in your days to invite them in? Is your business model conducive to time off or the type of work you love? Or are you finding yourself muddled with too much busy work or distracted with social media lures?
Write out your ideal day after listening to the meditation. It’s a good practice to get into once a year at least.
Kind of like shaving one’s legs in this neck of the woods.
4. Honor your inner back to school nerd.
Why should kids get all the self-improvement fun? I like to do this in threes: 1) a class that involves movement 2) one for creative play and 3) something business-related that will gear me up for the next step toward my big picture dream.
For instance, to keep creepy lower back pain at bay this year I’m exploring pilates to get to the core of my apple-shaped situation -and strengthen it. For creativity I’m already all signed up for Mama-Only nights paining session at a local art studio (my request! The kids came home with these fabulous paintings during a summer art camp this year. Look what Edie made up there!!!) that begins in October.
And finally, for business muscle strengthening, I’m diving deeper into my journey of making my big picture dreams come true with one:one coaching with a mentor who has traveled a similar path to the one I’m currently skipping down and can offer me the guidance and wisdom to navigate them jutting roots that sometimes trip me up.
I had a season when taking ecourses sufficed for helping me gather the marketing and technical savy-ness (not to mention how I like to experience being on the receiving end of an ecourse to see what works for this busy mama!). I had the era where I was getting certified and trained to best serve my ideal mamas out there. But I’m at place now where what I need more now is the support to laser focus them in in a focused and crystal clear manner.
Thank God for Rescue Remedy and an endless abundance of experts, coaches, classes, books and masterminds to choose from to help us all end our summer on a celebratory and sweet treat, back to business note.
So get cozy, get giddy with glee with celebration and treat yourself to getting all signed up to help you enjoy the sweet hibernation toward your work at home mama dreams come true!
If you want to go back to school along with the kids there is still some space open in Mama Bliss Coaching School. If coaching your readers or local community of mamas to bliss might be for you, applications can be filled out here and accepted until September 10. Class begins September 15!