Towards the end of April life really started to get busy. I had the kidney stone issue (which we didn’t know was as “simple” as kidney stones at the time), we started looking for a new home, school ended, etcetera, etcetera.
//Moving makes a mess… and cranky babies.
With the kids home for the summer, doctors appointments out the whazoo, four more people living in our house, and my last six months of school everything started to pile up. I was struggling to meet deadlines on time, I was constantly stressed, and I was short with David and the kids.
That is no way to live.
I’m generally a happy person. I look on the bright side, have faith things will work out, and am quite content spending a night at home watching a movie with the family. However, with my to-do list growing and growing my usual outlook became sullied. It was time to clear that overflowing plate of mine, and take back my life.
One of the first things I did was stop designing. I have one design I am hoping to finish up by the end of August, and then I’m done. It’s possible I will pick that back up after school is completed, because it does generate a tiny bit of extra income for us, but as of right now that hat has been hung up.
Next I took a good hard look at the articles I had been submitting to the FWMB. They were not top notch, they were almost always completed last minute, and I rarely was able to attend the get togethers they had. So I decided to resign as a contributor. They weren’t getting my best, and that wasn’t fair to them.
The next steps in this journey are to have more time with David – alone. We’re really bad at going out on regular dates and just being David and Lacey for a bit, and while it hasn’t hurt our relationship yet, it could. So we’re changing that. More time for dates, and even a weekend getaway after I graduate.
I also want to be more present with the kids. Do more fun activities with them… whether it be running in circles around the yard, painting pictures, or just making up silly stories together. I think once they have more of my attention that meltdowns and anti-nap antics will lessen some.
Another thing on my list is more time for ME. This means exercise, paying attention to what I’m eating, buying some clothes, and maybe even wearing my hair in some way other than a ponytail. It means feeling good about myself on the inside and outside, so that I project that good feeling out onto the world.
Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dance in the rain.
Do you have any advice for balancing everything you want/have to do?