Become A Little Selfish
Aliyyah Baylor, a third-generation celebrity baker and co-owner of Make My Cake who recently turned 45, continues to carry on a 30-year family tradition started by her mother and grandmother. She’s launched a month-long campaign to help Citymeals-on-Wheels feed those in need. She says her ” life is best described by researchers as the new rush hour of life.”
“Seemingly it’s the time in your life that career and child-rearing peaks collide. It was six months ago I just decided that something had to change and for the first time in my life I became selfish. I learned to say ‘no’ to others and ‘yes’ to me.
“Although I spend 12 hours a day in a kitchen, I recently renovated my home kitchen and added all of things any cook would love… When I found myself spending hours figuring out should I or shouldn’t I purchase certain items for the kitchen, I implemented a new rule: if I have to stop and ask myself should I treat myself– I just treat myself.
“I have taken up yoga which is a great segue to practicing mediation. I promised myself I would make time for myself by starting with the things I’ve desired to do. As a momprenuer I used to exclude myself from the do list. Now I am first on the list I spend the morning saying my prayers and writing into my journal… Most importantly I take one day a week and I leisurely do all of the things I need to do for myself without rushing.”