Hey Dads and Moms!
It's been a while since I've written a blog and I apologize for that. I've been working on the Podcast and some YouTube content with a friend of mine. You can actually check out that content on the different tabs of the page. #shamelessplug I'd like to take this time to thank everyone that has taken time to support the podcast and YouTube content!
I took a week off of recording to work on some self-care. Being a parent you get so caught up in the daily routine and you lose yourself in it. Someone once asked me what is the key to a happy marriage, I gave them my Dad's "Ice Cream" answer. If you want happiness get Ice Cream (Chocolate Pistachio was his favorite), marriage is going to take work and part of that work is self-care. Even though we are a family unit each of us need to take individual time for self-care. The wife has been going out more with her friends and doing more errands alone, away from the kids. That might not seem like a lot but those little things are a start. I've been following my dream of being a content creator by recording the podcast and I've even started playing video games again. We've both found the importance of individual self-care and we're working toward couples-care. We're trying to plan more date nights and couples nights with friends. I don't want to divulge too much personal information but it's sad that it took us this long to finally realize the importance of it.
Marriage and taking care of a family takes work and you'll get caught up in it but don't forget about self-care and couples-care. The hard work you put into yourself will reflect in how you interact with others. It's not selfishness, it's self-care.
Self-Care Challenge: Music as a Time Machine
While I was driving to work I had put my music on shuffle and realized all the different types of music I listen/listened to. It's crazy how music can send you back in time. To a place that was either happy or sad, maybe remind you of a friend or loved one. I forgot how much I love music and realized I need more of it in my life. As part of my self-care I wrote down 6 songs that came randomly in my playlist and who or what they reminded me of. I compared where I was when they came out and where I am now. I challenge you to do the same, sometimes it takes looking at where you've been to see how far you've come. Be grateful for where you are, you might not be where you want but remember that your story is not over! Take care of yourself so you can keep writing chapters.
Tune into The Dad's Life Podcast Episode 15 to hear my song picks, who they reminded me of or where they took me. Here is a quick list of other songs that came up as well.