The Weekend I Left the To-Do List at Home (and Why You Should, Too!) by Ann Marie Patitucci

5 years ago

The Weekend I Left the To-Do List at Home (and Why You Should, Too!)

There’s so much to do. There’s always With the kids, dogs, work, laundry, students, writing, and five email accounts, I swear my to-do list never gets any shorter. This past week was especially full, as my kids returned to school. As my parent friends know, the beginning of the school year is especially hectic. And yet I am on my way out of town, the to-do list unfinished. 

My friend and colleague Renee and I are flying to Chicago to meet with the 30Seconds team; celebrate the birthdays of two special friends and colleagues, Elisa All Schmitz and Donna Lynn John; and spend some time with other remarkable women. We’ll chat over dinner, do some meditation and journaling, and take a lakeside yoga class.

This was Renee’s first week of school, too, as she just started her first year in a new teaching position. Her to-do list is plenty long as well. And yet off we go! A few years ago I may not have made this choice, but right now I feel like this is exactly what I need and I’m so glad I’m doing it.

It’s taken me a while to get here, to realize that the to-do list can wait, the kids can spend a couple nights without me, and that I deserve a chance to slow down, recharge my batteries and focus on myself. I’ve learned that self-care comes in many different forms and isn’t selfish. Moreover, when I take care of myself I am more productive and better able to care for others. 

From my vantage point, self-care looks like a weekend in Chicago with women who inspire me. What does it look like for you?

The Power of Community: How a Birthday Party Inspired the First 30Seconds Summit

Thoughts on Self-Care: Eat the Cake! Drink the Coffee! What Are You Doing for YOU Today?

Wanted: Mom, Expert Juggler (This Mom Needs a Break & Self-care!)

Self-Love Is the Best Form of Self-Care: 5 Tips for Your Self-Love Journey

I am so glad I said YES and went on an adventure with you instead of staying home to work on my to-do list!
Tiffany Zook
You go girl !! Sounds like a blast!
Elisa Schmitz
Yaaaas! Spot on, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . Self-care isn’t selfish. How can we care for others if we’re not caring for ourselves? Thank you for saying yes. I can’t imagine this past weekend without you and Renee Herren . Thank you for making the trip! ❤️
Jessica Acree
Good for you! This was a big thing to say YES to... and I bet you're sooooo very happy you did! Renee Herren too! You are so right Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead and Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds - we have to make sure we take time for ourselves so we can give our BEST selves to others - and it's not always an easy thing to prioritize. First bottle of wine is one me next time!

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Use Cotton Swabs to Clean Your Kid's Ears? You've Gotta Read This!