Give Yourself A Raise

We all work hard and have so many roles. We wanted you to pause for a moment and ask yourself this question:  

Do you give yourself a raise as a mom? 

Entrepreneur and author Aliza Sherman learning to play the ukulele on Popexpert.com

Being a parent is a full time job, and taking a break is important. As busy mom entrepreneurs, sometimes it’s hard for us to remember to take stock in all we accomplish each day and give ourselves some credit. We asked Aliza Sherman (co-author of Mom, Incorporated with Danielle Smith) how moms can give themselves a raise. She recommends taking a proactive and longer-term approach to personal raises.

“You deserve more than a fleeting treat,” she says, adding she believes in taking meaningful rewards on an ongoing basis. “After a hard day of juggling work and home life, don’t go for the quick and ultimately unsatisfying hit of an indulgent dessert or buying another pair of shoes you love but probably don’t need.”

Aliza advises that personal rewards and raises should encompass things that you enjoy. You might be struggling to track your steps or get to the gym as part of a daily fitness routine, but a dance class might be even better for relieve some of your stress and might be much more fun than a typical workout.

Taking up yoga is another example of a treat that is physically and emotionally beneficial. Yoga can clear your mind and recharge your batteries for the coming day’s work. Or have you tried meditating? Just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

Another raise that’s not only good for the soul, but good for the body is to eat more healthfully. You’ll have more energy to tackle each day’s challenges and your body will thank you for it.

If you are the crafty Mom, don’t forget to make time to entertain your creative side. Take a crafting class, give yourself a creative outlet – jewelry making, pottery, painting, cross stitching, painting, or playing the ukulele!

If you still feel like you don’t have the time to rush around to participate in any of these activities, try some of them at home. You can access yoga or a meditation videos on YouTube for free. Hire a fitness coach or take dance classes by Skype. Register for an online crafting course through a site like Creativebug.com.

Carving out that “me” time has never been easier than a click of a few buttons. Give yourself a raise, make a “date” with yourself, and actually put it into your daily calendar as a “must attend” event.

What do you do? Leave us a note in the comments and share with us!

This post was inspired by raise.com – the online marketplace where you can buy and sell gift cards. Because every mom deserves a Raise!

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