Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Standin' up for me!

I have always been a very strong advocate for my son and for the youth in our town. When they were scheduling second graders for little league games from 7:00 to 9:00pm on school nights, I didn't just sit in the stands and complain. I got appointed to the executive board to make sure it didn't happen again. When the school wasn't meeting my son's needs in math, I developed a plan and didn't back down. It wasn't always easy (I was insulted, lied to and made fun of) but I did what I knew was best for him.

Who I haven't always been an advocate for, however, is ME. I am the type of person who will drive miles and miles out of my way to do an errand for someone else. I am the person who will get up at 3:00 am to drive someone to the airport and I am the first people a lot of people call when their child needs a ride somewhere. Most of the time, I am fine with this but there have been occasions when I have been taken advantage of.

I have turned over a new leaf this year. I am now starting to advocate for myself. As I have mentioned, I have recently started taking karate and I am finding it to be a lot of fun as well as great exercise. I am president of our music boosters organization and I have informed the two music teachers that I am unable to make any meetings held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings because those are the nights that I take karate. I told the head of the boy scout committee the same thing. I am making myself unavailable to them because I want to do karate for ME. Now this might not seem like a big deal to you but it is a huge first step for me.

What are you doing to put yourself first this week?

Here's to taking care of yourself!


  1. GOOD FOR YOU!!! Everyone that puts so many ahead of themselves DESERVES some ME time!!!

    I taught Kung Fu for years... martial arts is so good for you - physically AND mentally... keep going girl!

  2. Hurray for you! I think that is fantastic, and it is a big deal to me too. I always like it when someone will stand up for themselves!
    As for myself, I am getting back on my weight-loss band wagon. I kind of fell off it over the weekend, but it WAS my choice, and I take responsibility for it!

  3. Are you kidding? That is a huge deal that you are putting yourself first! You go girl! I will let you know what you have inspired me to do (or not to do as the case may be)...

  4. Good for you! It's not easy saying no, kudos to you for standing up for yourself.