Project Me Guest Post: Marlene from “In The Heart of Happy”

by Maddy on February 2, 2011

in Project Me

I’m so excited to present to you the very first Project Me guest post in the series! Our special guest today is Marlene – the Home Girl with the heart of gold! Read why she’s decided to commit to “Project Me” this year…and always!

When Maddy  mentioned she wanted to start a Blog Hop about the subject of me time, I quickly raised my hand to join in. I was so excited to write about this subject, a trend that is sweeping the world where people are starting recognize a serious need in their lives.  A need for “Me”.   Let me start by giving you a little bit of my own story.

I began parenting at the beginning of the “over scheduled and too many  activities era”. It was a time crammed full of busy social calendars, soccer games, cheer leading practices, PTA, church activities, scouting, and such. There was a constant barrage of things on my “to do” list, but one  thing that never appeared on that list was me. It’s solitary exclusion led to a high priced loss. I lost who “me” was.

My world came to a crashing halt in 1999 after a horrible experience ripped my family apart. The effects from this can be felt today with the same stinging intensity I was left with that day.  I have thought through this many times, replayed it over and over to try and see where it  all went so wrong, and the one thing that remains constant is… I had no clue who I was at that time. Surely, if I had of known, things would have gone so differently.

My properly scheduled children woke up one morning without their mother. I did not know how to put one foot in front of  the other. How did I get like that? What had happened to the independent woman who never took no for an answer? The one who knew the right road from the wrong and had a great navigational frame of mind? I had become an empty well.

Each of us are like a well. We each have varying amounts of water in our wells and different numbers of water takers that visit on a daily basis. Some take small amounts of our water reserve and others…well, they take buckets and buckets. At the end of the day, there are times when that well is dry!!  If we love the people in our lives who take from our well, doesn’t it make senses that we should replenish it often so there is something substantial for them to receive???

“Me Time” provides new reserves to replenish our well.  Force yourself into the habit of me time and becoming a Project Me. It honestly saved me and changed who I am today. When I fed my well with good water, I became a person of worth. I became full. I became a better me.

This is Home Girl and I wish you full wells!

*Photos were taken during “me time” this past weekend, while staying at the shore on The Chesapeake Bay, Virginia.