Meet Mimi, I met her after following her on IG and we bonded one post over spending a Friday night sharing tales of feeling ourselves because we had just mopped which led to talks about Fabuloso vs other cleaners amongst her other followers. Her IG is chockful of family adventures, her cuties and projects she’s working on so I thought it would be great to have her share how she incorporates care regimens into her busy life.
Profession: Social Influencer and Shop Owner at Unlikely Market
Taking quiet time, crafting, reading, spending time with my girlfriends and gardening.
Who or what introduced you to the practice?
As an only child that grew up in a very quiet house, quiet time is at the very top of my self-care list. With 2 very busy and active children along with a husband who grew up around a lot of noise, I am the odd person out. I started taking car rides a few years ago when I couldn’t find the quiet in my house. I still do it at random times when I need peace. My husband is great because he understands. When I say I’m going for a ride, he often says, ” Don’t get on the interstate and don’t come back!”
How often do you take a little me time to love on yourself?
As often as I need it. I will take off in my car in the middle of the week after dinner has been cooked, the kitchen cleaned and kids in the bed. Sometimes it is a 15-minute ride sometimes an hour but I take it when I need it.
Did you grow up witnessing your mom or other female elders practicing self-care? Yes. My mother devoted Sundays to doing her hair, nails and giving herself a facial. She did not play about that. To this day I try my best not to plan anything on Sundays. I see that as a day to be intentional about setting the tone for my week, I get that from her.
What is your favorite space in your home to unwind? What makes it special? Is it off limits to the kids? I have a screened in porch on my home and during the warmer months I sit out there all day. I have a radio that I turn to my oldies station and I listen to music, read and relax. When it’s raining and it’s not too hot, I turn on the fans and take a nap letting the rain mist hit me. It’s special because I love being outdoors and it’s perfect because I get the breeze with no bugs. I love to garden, I recently decided to grow my herbs and lettuce out there. It looks so pretty, I’m for certain I will be out there tons in the coming months with cocktails and my girlfriends. There is a glass door out there that looks into the house. The kids will stand there and ask for permission to come out. Sometimes I say yes, sometimes I say no!!
What are some things that you would want your children, especially you daughter to pick up about self- care from you?
I want her to know that she doesn’t have to be everything to everybody all of the time. I struggled with that and once I made peace with it, I communicated that to others and they must respect that. I encourage her to take out the time to do the things she likes to do. As far as my son, he is a true creative who likes to paint and draw. I encourage that in him. I think children need to find their joy early even if it is in the little things. I think if my husband and I can instill that in them early self-care will be second nature.
A quote, verse or song or piece of inspiration that is your go to?
I can’t remember who said this but my favorite is, ” When Noah built the ark, it wasn’t raining” I love this because it speaks of faith and moving when you don’t know all of the answers or why.