Well, I have been noticeably absent from my little blog for several months. Mostly the crazy end of the school year and then summer got in my way of finding time to write posts. But also, I think that I needed some time to minimize my thoughts and life. I found that after leaving my previous job, where I was extremely burnt out, I needed time ( as I eluded to in my previous post) and some of that time was just learning how to survive in this new normal. I also had to learn and accept that not being crazy busy every second of the day was ok. That learning a little mindfulness and quietness was a good thing and that if I sat in silence for a few moments, it did not need to be in contemplation about what our weekly menu plan needed to be or if I needed to do another work task, I can just sit. And that folks, was a revelation.
And so this summer, I chose to spend time with my kids on my days off. We took lots of weekend trips. We slept in, we talked and fixed big late breakfasts. And on my days at work, we hired a wonderful Nanny and the kids swam, went to the library, played, rode bikes, and it goes on and on. And no where in there did I let my stress about how messy the house was or how much I needed to do this or that interfere with our enjoying the summer. This was not easy, as I have been programmed for years to get it all done at the expense of my health, but I just fought those self imposed expectations. And guess what? Knock on wood, my IBS is the best it has been in YEARS!!! I have had a great summer, I love my new job, I have enjoyed the heck out of my kids and I managed to do a little bit of work towards my 2016 goals.
Now that the kids go back to school tomorrow, life will get a little more scheduled, and I will jump back on the band wagon of getting things done. But sometimes…sometimes, it’s ok to slow down and catch your breath. So I am sending that message out there to everyone who is completely and totally overwhelmed, take a few months, say “no” to all those , and find moments to pause and just be. No expectations, no running lists, no agendas. And I am hoping this brings you better health and balance to. Good luck everyone!