When did it become mid November??
Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? First day of school? Summer vacation??
Is it as you get older, time flies by you? Is it when you have kids and literally run from morning to night to get everything done? So often I write about sitting back and enjoying my kids more, my days more…my life more.
But sometimes I can’t help myself. I have to remind myself to LITERALLY take a breath. The other night in bed I made myself breathe in and out with large sighs to wind myself down. It worked. I’m trying to do that more.
I know my husband wants me to slow down. I know because he told me so last week. LOL. I rush my body and my mind from one thing to another – get kids ready for school, get out of the door, get to work, do a million things at work while at the same time thinking about dinner, homework, volunteering, our hockey schedule, a birthday, my blog, my challenge, the laundry…then I rush home, rush the kids out of my mom’s house, start dinner knowing most nights kids are rushing out to hockey, cleaning up, arguing with kids to take a shower, get PJs on, get to bed…by then I am exhausted that I go to bed, too. Just to do it all over again.
Part of it is my personality – high anxiety, trying to please everyone (even though this in the end, pleases no one), but it is also because I add too many things to my already busy schedule. But I know I am not alone, I know many of you women who are reading this are doing the same thing.
Let’s all take a collective breath. In and out….in and out..
Some changes have already happened to take some stress off me…housekeeper hired for every other week – YES! Crockpot is coming out more – YES! We are stopping one kids’ activity, which will open up so much more time – YES! I have books to read and I am reading them – YES! I am not ironing my kids’ uniforms anymore (yes I did that) – YES!
I attended a great event yesterday called The Well. It was created by women for women and you could almost hear the huge, collective sigh of relief from the 200+ women in the room as guest speakers talked about how much stress we put on ourselves as women…as partners…as moms…and that we are NOT alone in this. But they also talked to us about believing in ourselves, reminding us that we are worth feeling great about ourselves and that we are worth our dreams and goals and that we need to take the time to find pleasure. Its important.
So much more to do to create a less rushed, less stressed life…but I am not planning any more because that will just stress me out lol. I’m going to take my husband’s advice and slow down. I hate when he’s right!!
Now, who’s with me??? I’d love to hear from all of you on how you have simplified your life so that you can breathe more, enjoy more… email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or respond to my Facebook page!
See you at the Squat Rack ~