I’m Rebecca Miller, a stay at home mom to a beautiful 2 year old who keeps me on my toes each and every day. I am married to the love of my life, who works tirelessly for his family, and supports me in everything I want to accomplish. These two are my driving force, and make me want to be a better mom.
We live in a small town in Central Michigan, which is near where I grew up. We enjoy the quirks and limitations living in a small town can offer. As a family, we love to spend time outside, going on walks around our town, camping, and spending time on the water during summer.
After becoming a mom, I, like many moms, found myself wearing myself down to nothing, feeling inadequate, and really struggling to keep up with the demands of motherhood. I felt like I left myself behind when I walked into the hospital the day my daughter was born, and that woman was long gone.
The thing is though, I longed to have a piece of her back. I wanted to connect with the person I was before baby. Maybe not the more selfish aspects, but I longed to feel like myself again. My needs needed to be met still, and I was craving just a few moments for myself.
During a walk with a great friend and fellow mom, we discussed the need to just take a short mommy break each day. How something so simple would connect us with our true self, and renew our hearts to continue being great moms to our kids.
Beginning Mommy Takes 5
I started Mommy Takes 5 to help moms like me, who just need 5 minutes out of the day to do something completely for myself without guilt. Some days that 5 minutes is as easy as putting some makeup on, or taking a shower; other days it might mean a bubble bath, quick workout, a home spa night, or even a few minutes locked in the bedroom to relax.
I realized that in those few minutes of time, just for myself, I began to feel like myself again. It helps me to not get into a stay at home mom funk, and just going through the motions. I know that I’m a better mom when I put myself towards the top of my list, and make sure that I’m emotionally taken care of.
I want this to be a supportive place that allows moms to feel less guilty about taking a few minutes from their day to do something for themselves. As moms, we can carry so much guilt for putting ourselves on the list, for doing something that makes us feel more like ourselves. It is my hope and wish that this becomes a place of inspiration to other women.
I will work hard to answer all of your comments and emails, and I would love to hear from you.