A Weekly Meeting With Yourself: A Sustainable Solution for Busy Moms

About a week ago, my sister suggested a radical idea that changed my life instantly.  It’s obvious, cheap, easy, and effective, but it had never once occurred to me.

While she was in the whirlwind of raising small children (and she has five of them!), she took time each week to escape to a cafe with her journal.  For one hour she considered the following questions:

  • What’s working?
  • What’s not working?
  • What can I change?
  • How will I make the changes?
  • When will I make the changes?

That’s it.  At first I thought it was rather silly to spend a precious hour of my busy life journaling about practical matters, but it was an instant success.  I considered what my goals were as a parent, as an environmentalist, and as a wife and considered small tweaks that could make a difference.  And I did all of this while sipping hot chocolate in a lovely cafe away from screams and laundry.

The thing I had forgotten before I took that time, is that sustainability is about more than the environment.  It’s about being sure to take the time to renew, refresh, and step back from the incessant demands of daily life.  We have to be sure that we are able to sustain ourselves in order to meet the needs of our children while we strive toward eco-friendly parenting.

What were the results of my meeting?  I attacked the items on my list with intensity and found that those small changes made a tremendous difference.  Our kids now shower instead of taking a bath.  It saves gallons of water each night and gives us an extra twenty minutes to help them get into bed on time.  I cleaned out my closet and organized the tupperware.  The result, bliss.  Truly.  It’s amazing what a little tweaking can do!



  1. wow. such a simple yet great idea.

    i have been feeling stuck for the past couple of weeks, unable to motivate myself to do much with the down time i have (when the kids are napping). i think looking at the broader picture of what i actually want to work toward, how this is working, what’s not working, etc would be really helpful.

    thanks for the tip!

  2. Hey, how come this is the first time I’m hearing about this? A little time for quiet meditation daily or even weekly can work wonders for anyone, but especially a mom of young ones.

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