I’m generally a very driven person, but I suspect my discovery this week could very well be something causing many of us to stagnate…..
Are you ALWAYS busy? Do you ALWAYS feel run down? Are you ALWAYS pining away for your next holiday or your next sleep in? This was me. ALWAYS thinking and speaking in absolutes. What I’ve determined is that this way of believing is truly no good for my formula for living my best life! So today I've blogged about a whirlwind week where I paid less attention to the chaos and more attention to the downtime and fun time each day.
Truly embracing the idea of being a work in progress is simply such a relief for me! It forces me to admit that there have been times since I started yourformulaforlife.com, a website dedicated to lifestyle advice for women, where I’ve essentially felt like a fraud. Why a fraud you ask? Because even though I’ve thought through what my best formula for life looks like and I’m regularly sharing elements of it with all of you, sometimes……
Sometimes it’s obvious when you are feeling stress. You know, when you swerve to miss a racoon on the road and you barely pull the car back under control, all the while your husband’s voice is screaming in your head……”Don’t swerve! Never swerve!” Heart beating, blood rushing, and a feeling of relief flooding over you that you managed to survive that incident (and don’t have to tell your husband you crashed the car because you swerved to miss a racoon).
How do you balance it all?............. I just don’t know how you get it all done……………….. Do you ever sleep? Most women hear comments like this regularly. And that’s because this is a typical day for most of us: get up, do a million things (and of course we do them well!), crash into bed, repeat. Anything less, is lazy by today’s societal standards.
My reactions aren’t always parental role-model material… ”Did you push him back?” “Why does your principal have to be such a tool?” “Do you think that snarly woman even has children of her own?” Yes, I admit, sometimes these less-than-stellar comments do sneak from my mouth with the children present. While it does generally allow them to muster a snicker and crack a small smile… once I’ve suppressed the mother tiger in me, I’m better able to assess the situation like a mature, responsible adult... and share with them some words of wisdom to help guide them through whatever uncomfortableness they are feeling.
I just wanted to share that as I was out walking Titan early this morning, I was admiring the moon. I think it was a full moon and if it wasn’t……it had to be close! Anyway, it was gorgeous. And despite it being bitterly cold as we walked this morning, I found myself wondering how many times I’ve been able to enjoy the sight of the moon on our walks (and sometimes an early morning sun rise when we’re walking in June and the days are much longer!) It’s possible that I’m a tad nostalgic today though, because it’s Titan’s birthday. The old guy is 13 (or 91 in dog years!) Yep – we officially have a teenager in the house!