I was having one of those days where I had quite a few things to get done and a short time to do them. I was already running behind, had been stuck at the longest train I had seen in awhile and was feeling a little bit stressed on my drive to Cultus Lake.
On my way up to help my Mom with CRA stuff online, I took a few extra minutes to drive by the lake. I parked for a minute, snapped a few gorgeous pictures and took some nice, deep breaths.
The clouds were hugging the mountains and drifting a short distance from the surface of the water, making for a breathtaking view.
This view never gets old. I love the mountains and how the lake reflects them on the water.
I did not stop for very long, but the clouds started lifting and the view started changing.
Look at that reflection!!! It was a beautiful day to kayak the lake, that is for sure. I was a little bit jealous of the kayaker, I will admit.
After 5 minutes of enjoying the peaceful view and taking several deep breaths, I drove away, feeling much less stressed.
Driving along First Avenue catching glimpses of the lake in between the old cabins I remember, mixed with the new or rebuilt houses with fancy modern architecture always brings up mixed emotions for me.
Was I late getting to my Mom’s house? Yes. Did the five minutes I took for myself make me late? No! I was already late and because of that, needed that five minutes for myself more than ever!
Sometimes, especially as a Mom, we get this feeling of guilt for doing things for ourselves or taking time to do things alone. The reality is, we need to do these things! We care for our families 7 days a week and you cannot pour from an empty cup.
So take the time. Go for a drive. Lock the bathroom door and have a relaxing bath. Get into bed and read a book by yourself. Drink the coffee (or the wine). Do the things. You deserve it.
I hope you enjoyed this post, although a little different from my usual content. After reflecting on my busy week I thought this would be a good one to share.
It also helped me remember how important these times are and I wanted to remind my readers – you are worth it. You deserve it. It is okay to take a break and step back.
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