Taking the Time to Slow Down

Slow Down Reminder

In light of a recent tragedy that happened in my neighborhood this week, I discarded my previously scheduled post about unnecessary baby products {first world problems} to give us all a reminder today to take the time to slow down, be present in the moment, and enjoy each second we have with our kiddos.  A good reminder for anyone, but especially for moms.

I am so guilty of rushing through life to get to the ‘next thing.’  I caught myself thinking about what Halloween items I could go ahead and take down a week before Halloween just to give me extra time to plan my Christmas decorations.  If that is not rushing through life, I don’t know what is.  And I don’t know about you, but Pinterest is really giving me a complex about being a perfect parent.

We need to give ourselves a break.  The house doesn’t have to be spotless, the meals don’t have to be Pinterest-worthy, and your outfit doesn’t have to be out of Vogue.  ‘Super mom’ doesn’t exist.

So I’m challenging everyone this weekend {and this week} to slow down.

Leave that pile of laundry, put the iPhone down, go an extra day without washing your hair {dry shampoo works wonders} and soak in some extra snuggles with our most important task…our family.  And if it makes you feel better to check something off your ever-growing to-do list, then write at the top of it “Houston Moms Blog” as a reminder of this challenge.

I’m not in any way saying to drop all obligations and checkout from life {I’d lose my job!}, but to cherish the little moments that we do get.  I bet you can find a few hidden away in your crazy day.  Yesterday’s blog post by Bre is a perfect example of making time for special moments.  I pledge to get off my iPhone while nursing my son and instead focus solely on him.  I also pledge to quit worrying about buying the perfect Christmas gifts and having the best decorations on the block.

What can you do to slow down this week?


8 Responses to Taking the Time to Slow Down

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    Michelle November 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    So well said Chelsea. I am guilty for sure.

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      Chelsea P November 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      We all are! Hope you had a great weekend!

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      Chelsea P November 12, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      We all are with our crazy lives we lead!

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    Kelly D November 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Your words have been ringing through my ears all weekend long. It is amazing how difficult of a task this truly is…and I am working on it almost daily. Thanks for the encouragement!!

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      Chelsea P November 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Not always as easy as it sounds, but a good reminder for all of us.

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    Meg O. November 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    How incredibly sad that happened in your neighborhood. I had heard about it on the news. Heartbreaking. The busy lifestyle really can really take a toll on us – we always think that the busier we are the better our lives are. But you’re right – taking time to slow down really reminds us of what’s important in life.

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      Chelsea P November 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Not always as easy as it sounds…especially working outside the home!

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    Heather M November 8, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Such a terrible way to be reminded what’s important in life. Thanks for this post, Chelsea!

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