What Would You Do with Two Hours to Be Completely Self-Indulgent?

January 22, 2013

in Blending a Family

two hours to be selfishWork, after school activities, dinner prep, house cleaning, homework assistance, errand running, bill paying, and peacekeeping are some of the activities responsible adults with children attend to on a regular basis. It’s hard to make time for the other things we love: reading, exercising, taking up a new hobby, or catching up on a favorite show. As someone who is making a transition to living with my fiancé, and having somewhere between two to four children living under the same roof on a given day as we blend our family, it’s even more hectic. It’s the I-am-so-happy-for-my-new-life kind of hectic, but still means life is a bit crazier than normal. It will calm down, everyone will settle in, and it will become easier. Until then, I think about a question the writer at Mamma Made it Look Easy blog posed on Facebook recently:

“If you had two hours a week to be completely selfish, what would you do?”

I continue to ask myself what I would do. Maybe the answer is readily apparent for some, but for an indecisive, overly-analytical person, I cycle through the possibilities.

The items at the top of the list~

  • Read. For two hours straight–not three pages at a time.
  • Pick up my camera and get lost shooting.
  • Work on a new website project. It’s technically work, creating a new online business endeavor, but I am eager to start.

For now, Sean and I will continue to work through getting settled in the house and our routines. I know the above-mentioned activities are in my future, but life right now as we blend our families needs to consist of sorting, decluttering, and establishing our new life together. The well-earned self-indulgance will follow.

Tell me, what would you do with your two hours a week of self-indulgence?

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Vinny C January 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

It’s a little hard for me to answer that question since I’m stuck spending the major part of the day with nothing but free time. You’d think I’d be doing all my favorite things during all this free time, but truth is, I’ve found myself actually avoiding them, for the most part. I don’t know. It’s like, I believe if I refuse to enjoy myself too much, I won’t get comfortable in my current situation.
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

That’s a good way to look at it, but you also deserve to enjoy life–maybe not reading ten hours a day or whatever activity you would choose, but a nice balance is healthy. Get out and enjoy life, Vinny!

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Laney January 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I would totally sleep. No question, I don’t even have to think about it. I haven’t been this sleep deprived my entire life, including my first year of college when I rarely made it home before the sun came up. These days, I rarely sleep until the sun comes up, and I’m so busy during the day it’s like it never ends.
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

Sleep is good!

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Carrie January 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Mine is ever changing but would almost always include reading, writing and napping.

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Naked Girl in a Dress January 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

Those are three great answers!

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Charlotte January 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I would love to read, too, with that extra time. I suppose if I had an extra two hours a week to be selfish, I would also like to stay more in touch with all my favorite blogger friends. Maybe veg out a bit more than I usually am able and find the time to squeeze in a phone call or two (remember actual phone time?!)

Glad to see all is coming along nicely blending your two families together. Obviously there will be some adjustments, but it seems things are slowly falling into place. YAY!!! XOXO
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Naked Girl in a Dress January 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

I am trying to add reading more right now, but am in the throes of a few big house projects in addition to kids, work, etc. At least I am making the effort, knowing my free time will open soon enough.

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