March break is over–now I’m back at work, and the kids are back at school. I had been looking forward to the week off, so I could have time to do some of the things I wanted to do. So, I was surprised to discover that by late in the week, I really didn’t feel rested, and I was frustrated that my wish list of activities was pretty much untouched. Then, an acquaintance suggested something that I’d heard before, but it finally made sense: writing “me time” activities on my calendar. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my husband was all for it! I decided to put two early-morning fitness classes (although I’ll admit I might choose not to go), and two music studio sessions (all by myself!) on my schedule every week. So far, so good–I spent tons of time on my music this past weekend, which was awesome. I still spent time with the family, the dishes and the laundry got done, and I still got to all the events I had committed to. I can’t believe the difference this simple change has made to my outlook. I’ve only been testing it for a short time, but it’s already working out for the better. It isn’t going to solve all my struggles about balancing work, family and fun, but it’s a great step in the right direction. The whole family benefits when Mom is happier, it seems. Here’s hoping I can stick to it!