I know I'm not the only one who goes through seasons of "we are doing absolutely nothing right now," and other times of "our calendars are too full, we are doing too much!" Finding that balance is tricky for me, as I like to stay busy, but I hate packing too much in and feeling overwhelmed. This photo to me is a summation of both--empty beach, yet one busy boy to chase.
Right now, life is all about living day by day (really, this is a good lesson to be learned for anyone). Each day's work for me bears much of the same mundane activities (making breakfast, cleaning up, reading books to the kids, enjoying my fresh, hot coffee and cream only to turn around and clean out the coffee pot to get it ready for the *next* morning) and trying to maintain a certain level of household cleanliness and order (cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, inputting the receipts in Excel, keeping up with the calendar, making a groceries list and trying to stay on budget, doing errands).
It's important to schedule in time for activities I love like reading, blogging, crafting, catching up with friends on the phone, etc. I came across this post last year from one of my favorite blogs, Simple Mom, and found it very helpful when it comes to "self-care" and I've been trying to follow it ever since.
Most days I feel I'm just going through the motions and not able to do a great deal of things for myself. One such thing is blogging about topics I want explore further or that have been on my mind for a long time:
*children learn best by playing
*my ongoing struggle with loneliness
*where is "home?" I've lived in so many places and yearn to settle down
*how I can be more involved in helping end human trafficking as a stay-at-home-mom; I mused on this in an earlier post
*is social media worth the time suck at this season of my life (probably not)
*teaching my kids how to save their money
*teaching my kids how to care about the people in the world around them
Maybe one day...