Good morning, amazing blog friends! I do hope you’re having a fabulous start to your weekend! Mine has been absolutely delicious so far…but that’s mostly because I “took the day off” yesterday. How does a stay-at-home, small-business-running, volunteer type take the day off? Simple! Grace had a teacher workday and I noticed that I had no appointments of any kind on the calendar for the day, so I just took it off. No cleaning, no cooking, no work of any kind…I spent the day knitting and watching whatever I felt like on TV. When John finished up with work, we ran out to grab an obnoxious amount of fast food (to keep up my day of no cleaning and no cooking) and returned home to eat terrible food while watching Z Nation in our jammies. Wow, did I ever need that!
I apologize for the fact that I only have store-bought snacks again, but yesterday’s “plan” didn’t allow for baking. 😉 The dinosaurs have made us some delicious coffee, so go ahead and pour yourself a cup! Feel free to snuggle into the couch and cover up with a nice throw blanket because it’s chilly out there…31 degrees feels particularly cold after the Summer-like weather we’ve been having for the past few days.
Okay, let’s get our chat on!
My day off yesterday also gave me some nice time to sit back and think…and prioritize a bit. After several weeks of nonstop running around headless-chicken-style (and looking at a calendar of more headless-chicken-style activity for the next few weeks), I finally came to the conclusion that I need to look at how I’m spending my time…and be honest with myself about if I’m spending my time in a way that lines up with my priorities.
But here’s what the “get your life together” expert people never tell you…what to do if the way you’re spending your time absolutely does line up with your priorities and you’re still doing too much. What then? Because, y’all, I seriously love all of the stuff I do. I love taking care of my family, and I love that we have lots of experiences as a family. (I wouldn’t dream of canceling our full moon hike next week…or ditching our ballet tickets!) I love supporting Grace’s school…because not only am I showing Grace that her world matters to me, I’m also supporting young people in the arts, and I can’t think of a better use of my time. I love creating educational products. I love blogging and the blogging community. I love volunteering and giving my time to those who need me.
So, what do you cut loose when your nutty amount of running around is too much, but there’s no clear choice of a thing that doesn’t fit your priorities???
Well, for this year, I’ve made a tough choice…a choice I’m not super-happy about, but I see the need for it. I’ve decided to not have a Relay for Life team this year. I’ll still go to the event. I’ll still walk. I’ll still help to raise money. But I’m going to, for this year, skip all of the work and planning and organizing involved in having a booth at the event. It hurts my heart to give this up, but I’m afraid my mental well being needs that to happen. I plan to resume Relay for Life activities next year…and I’ll start getting my mess together much, much earlier to avoid frazzled burn out. 🙂
And I’m putting a lot of thought into time management. Though I love all of the things I do, are they all worthy of the amount of time I spend on them? In some areas I should be doing less, but in other areas, I definitely need to be doing more. (*cough* *sputter* blogging *cough*)
So, yeah, lots of thoughts about priorities and time management knocking around the brain thing this week. So, what about you? Do you have any fabulous tips and tricks for getting things done when you need/want to get things done in about 50 different directions? Do you ever do the sit-back-and-take-stock-of-priorities thing? Are you good at matching how you spend your time to the things that are important to you? Tell me all of your thoughts on the matter! 🙂
In other news, those of us in my part of the world are spending our days being more than a little flummoxed by the weather. Imagine my surprise when I went to check the weather on Thursday and saw this:
Why, yes that is a day of nearly 80 degrees on Thursday and then a prediction for snow on Sunday. Isn’t that exciting? 😉 Us Southern folk are pretty well known for our flipping right out when we even hear the word snow, but you should see how we react when we’ve already started preparing the mental armor that allows us to continue to function when it’s 105 degrees with 95% humidity. There’s chaos in the streets, y’all! Okay, not really, but people are totally not ready to deal with this development. 🙂 Of course, last time it “snowed,” we were told we would get almost a foot of the fluffy stuff…and then we got about 0.0000001 inches of snow with some ice mixed in. We shall see, we shall see.
I know I didn’t share very much this week, but I want to hear all of your news! What’s going on in your lives? Anything fun or interesting? Anything just weighing on your mind? Tell me all about it! (Did you know that I actually read every single Weekend Coffee Share post in the link ups? I don’t always have time to comment, but I do read those puppies…and love doing it!)
After I hear what’s happening in your world, I’ll need to go get ready for my day of hiking and feasting with John. We’re planning to do a particularly bang up job of it today since we’ll have company next weekend and won’t get our weekly walking-talking-feasting fix. 😉 (But we will get the pleasure of hanging out with people we love, so win!)
And now it’s time for you to show me (and the rest of the Coffee Share crew) yours!
And until we chat again, I hope you have an amazing week full of love and hugs and giggles and learning and fun! ♥