I am a firm believer in the importance of “Me” time. Time to get away from my regular routine, to not have to be responsible for anyone but myself, and to get in touch with my own thoughts. As an introvert, I have always craved time by myself, but ever since becoming a Mumma, it is even more important for me to make it happen.
Sometimes the only “Me” time in my day is during Simon’s nap, when I take a shower and get dressed. Sometimes it takes place on my way to run an errand, when I can turn the radio up and sing along to my current favorite CD in the car. Sometimes it is in the evenings, after Jeramy leaves for work, and Simon is in bed for the night, and I will spend some time browsing Pinterest and reading blogs.
I try to make an effort to have get-out-of-the-house “Me” time too, where I am as far away from any chores that might need doing as possible. (Obviously, within reason. I mean, I would love to pop over to have a cup of coffee at a cafe in Paris, but that just isn’t happening right now.) Recently, I have discovered a new passion: thrift shopping. For the past few months, once a month, I will spend an hour or two in my local thrift shop, and completely and totally zone out. For me, it is blissfully meditative.
I pore over the racks, flipping through item after item, popping in and out of the fitting room, listening to the people around me. I overhear the funniest conversations while I search for hidden treasures. Some days I find nothing. The last two times, I walked away with several great finds. (I wrote about my last experience a bit over in my style blog: here.)
I like clothes, and even thought about fashion design as a career for a while, before I chickened out of applying to any out-of-state art schools. (That’s a whole other story.) I also like companies that I can feel good buying from, and my favorite local thrift store is just that. Shopping there supports my local community, and is much greener that purchasing from a big chain store. Finally, I love not spending a lot of money, but feeling like I did. Tonight I got a pair of jeans, a cute t-shirt, a sweater, and a skirt, plus a picture book for Simon, for only $16.
I am already looking forward to my next thrift shop date with myself.