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The New Holiday All Moms Need to Celebrate

Why did it take us so long to come up with this? Moms rejoice! It's the very first ME Day, and it might just blow your mind.

Chances are that, like me, you're in desperate need of some "me time." What if there was a day set aside for us to put ourselves first? To make sure our own needs are met? Ladies, today is our lucky day.

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When was the last time you had a solid chunk of time for yourself? I don't mean five minutes here and there throughout the day, I mean some serious ME time. We all know, in theory, that we're better moms when we are rested and at peace. Many of us have supportive family and friends who would pitch in to make sure the kids are taken care of when we need a break. But so often, we don't ask. Would the world survive without you for a day? Very likely. Would your kids and loved ones in fact benefit from your example if you chose to add "Take Care of ME" to your to-do list? Without a doubt. We all know these things, but we do not act on them. Well, today we're trying something new.

As women and as moms, we do and achieve and create amazing things. It's important that we kick back and enjoy our accomplishments sometimes.

Domain.me, which provides websites with the ".me" domain extension, is designating today, March 16, 2015, the very first ME Day in the United States. Me day. Not "Oh-Crap-I-Forgot-to-Buy-a-Present Day." Not "I-Hope-I-Made-Enough-Cupcakes Day." It's a day when you and I can and should take some time to be selfish. A day for us to ask, "What makes ME happy?" And do it.

According to a recent survey, the vast majority of Americans, 70% in fact, feel that we don't take regular "me time." I would guess that if only moms were polled, that percentage would jump considerably. We don't make time for self-care, and we are stressed, hurried, overworked versions of ourselves. We might feel under-appreciated by others, but maybe the bigger issue is that we are not appreciating ourselves.

As women and as moms, we do and achieve and create amazing things. It's important that we kick back and enjoy our accomplishments sometimes.

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It's ME Day. You can read this, think it's a nice idea, and go on with the next 24 hours being pulled in two hundred different directions. In fact, I can predict that that is absolutely what will happen if you do not make yourself top priority today. Like, attending kindergarten graduation or your baby's first ultrasound kind of priority. Realistically, you probably can't set aside the whole day for yourself. However you can absolutely carve out an hour. And I do mean carve. Cut something else out to make time for you. Be ruthless if you have to.

Imagine what you can do with a whole hour. Will you go get a pedicure (or give yourself one)? Will you meet a friend for coffee? Will you snuggle up with a good book? Will you be the envy of your friends and indulge in a nap? Do something to treasure yourself today. Teach your kids the valuable lesson that you must keep yourself filled up in order to pour out to others.

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