When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

We have just been exploring Asia as a family for the last 11 weeks. My favourite thing to do is just wander the streets and photograph what I discover. I like being creative, meeting new people and chatting with locals. When I get back to the family I am way more refreshed and settled and I can share with them what I have discovered and captured. It does not come naturally to me at all, so I really need reminders and lucky Andrew is always supportive and encouraging me to have some time that is just about me.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I actually need a really good lesson in this! I am starting to create some time for myself but it is really hard when normal life gets in the way a bit! I have to be really focused and make the time otherwise I end up distracted and doing something for others.

We have started walking each night as a family and take it in turns for one of us to be the trainer. Last night Cooper was in charge so we walked to the park and did an obstacle course of the equipment. It was really fun to also have a kick of the footy with my youngest son.

I am also finding time to listen to podcasts which I really enjoy and of course they are about travel!

We have also really changed things at bedtime in my house as for the last 12 years its been all over the place. We have a routine in place and touch wood it continues as everyone is sleeping well, in their own beds and in much better moods when they wake up!

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

Now that we are back home it’s easier as we are back into a routine where the kids are in school. My younger two go 5 days a week while my eldest goes 3 days. 

Essentially I have 3 days that I can organise time for myself, which at the moment means catching up on lots of writing about our travels. I am setting aside 2 hours in the morning to focus on my blog and writing and then after that I can do all my other jobs! I find that actually writing down a plan of the day really helps and trying to stick to it. I am also a big fan of leaving school holidays to be just about the family and nothing about appointments, therapy or hospitals!

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