Every couple of months or so, after a period of feeling like I have everything under control, things kind of start to fall apart. It’s like I’m swimming in the ocean, and all is well. Then comes a little fish. That’s not a problem, though, I can just swim around it. Then comes another, and then two, then three, and all of a sudden, I’m surrounded by fish and it’s not so easy to just swim around them. Every way I turn, I’m running into these darn fish! When I finally do get around the fish, and finish swimming to my destination, all of that maneuvering and dodging has me flat out exhausted.
Does that make sense?
So, what are the fish in my life right now? Well, there are lots of little commitments that I’ve accepted, work, church, personal and professional relationships, and as much as I hate to admit it, social media. Trying to balance all of those things with my number one priority, being a Mom, is proving to be quite a challenge lately. Of course, when my parenting starts to suffer (and my health, too, actually), it’s time to regroup and put a different plan in place.
It’s humbling to admit (yet again) that I can’t do everything. Humbling, but freeing. It frees me from being a slave to my ego, and it frees up my time to do things that are important…like having a tea party with Ayva, or snuggling up and watching movies with my family. I feel like it’s time for us to all go fishing. Not literally, of course, but figuratively. Ayva, Terrence and I need to all just take a break together.
- Scale back on social media – I work online, so I need to be on a lot, but by late afternoon/early evening, I’m signing off.
- More planning – From meal plans to blog posts to errands and other tasks, taking a little time to plan ahead will save me time in the long run.
- Watch less television – Since we moved in with Terrence, I’ve been watching TONS of T.V. It has a lot to do with his televisions being so much bigger than mine were in Philly, but that’s no excuse. It has to go.
- Stay organized – Searching around for things takes up so much time. If I keep my things organized, I can keep my sanity!
- Eat good food and get good sleep – When I’m tired and sluggish, I make bad decisions.
- Just say no – I can’t take anything else on at this time. The answer is no. Simply.
What do you do when you feel like your ocean is getting too crowded (yes, I’m reaching with this metaphor. Just humor me, y’all)? Seriously, I would love any tips that you have!