You Better Check Yourself Before… 9 comments


With the hustle and bustle of life, I tend to forget and/or neglect myself. Mother, wife, blogger, freelance writer, and superwoman wannabe. I want to slow down, but I don’t think I’ve been going fast enough.

(I will still get a tap on the shoulder despite this sign)

What can I do to make time for myself and still get things done? A few things come to mind…

Wake up early, go to bed late…BOTH! 

That’s how my brain operates. With the million things I THINK I have to do, I still feel like I’m not doing enough. As I sit writing this post, my face is covered in Noxzema so I can give myself a facial.I call that multi-tasking. Hubby says I suck at that. That only makes me want to throw a third thing in the mix.

Ladies, mothers, bloggers, all of the above–and my SAHD and WAHD readers…we must take time for grooming, pampering, and rejuvenating. Why? Because hotness is fleeting. My post on Monday gave a shout out to Hot Mommas that are 40 and over–me included. As I approach 41 next month, I am reminded that my inner being and outer being must be maintained in order to sustain what life throws at me. 

For most of my life, I have been told that I don’t look my age. I still get “carded” sometimes at places in the French Quarter, when buying boxed wine at the grocery store (“making groceries”), and if I purchase a lottery ticket. But it doesn’t happen as often as it once did. And I’m growing increasingly aware that it will disappear completely one day. THEREFORE, the facials, the exercise, the healthy eating, the “me” time, and the deep down belly laughs are critical. 

Strive to be Happier, Healthier, and Wiser!  

What do you do to “check” yourself?
What is your “me” time activity?
I grew up with the phrase “making groceries”. Have you heard of it? Do you say it?

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This post is for BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo August 2013 writing prompt: Is someone hot forever once they’re labeled hot? Or is hotness fleeting?

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9 thoughts on “You Better Check Yourself Before…

  • Retro63

    Always trying to get to bed early but doesn’t happen too often; my brain is all too busy and wanting to prattle on and on…!
    I haven’t heard the phrase “making groceries”? Love to know where that came from? Thanks and really good read.

    • Being A Wordsmith Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it. “Making groceries” is a very old term that comes from the English translation of the French phrase for “making” or “doing”.

  • Mandi Noel

    Growing up in Louisiana, I've definitely heard of “making groceries.” It's not a phrase that was commonly used in my family, but I've heard it plenty of times. It's a somewhat funny phrase, so it always makes me smile. That and “save the dishes” or whatever happened to need putting away. I didn't hear that one as much in Morgan City, but a lot of people in Lafayette say it, so it caught me off guard the first few times. “Save them from what?” I thought. Haha
    My recent post 5 Shameful Things I Do When My Husband is Away

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I've never heard “save the dishes”. Hmm, interesting. “Making groceries” is mostly a New Orleans phrase I learned. Has to do with the French word, faire, which means “to do” or “to make”. I didn't know it was a unique phrase until I moved out of Louisiana. Thanks, Mandi!

      My recent post 'Cause This Is Summertime (In My Fresh Prince Voice)

  • Kate

    I try so hard to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier but it is near impossible. I don't know how people accomplish things before work in the morning.

  • rxfitnesslady

    Tell me about up and early and still up now. I am logging off! Before I do, I'll answer your question:) My me time is TV, reading, blogging 🙂 I haven't heard of making groceries.

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I am amazed at how you keep the work hours that you do. I can stay up late when I wake up early too.
      My recent post Getting Things Done (Part 4 of 4): The Endgame