When’s the last time you had an ah-hah moments? I had one this past Saturday.
It was raining for the thousandth day in a row. I was still feeling crummy from being sick for the whole week. I hadn’t seen my friends in what seemed like forever. I hadn’t spent quality time with my kids for longer than I cared to admit. I hadn’t gone on a run for a week (during the #100MileMom challenge). For shame. I was cooking less than usual, drinking more than usual. I wasn’t lovin’ my life. Then… ah-hah.
I realized I could wallow or turn that ship around. I think you know which option I chose. Yeah, both. I wallowed for the rest of Saturday, then on Sunday I plotted and planned. On Monday I enacted “Operation: Live With Purpose.” Hah. Ok. Maybe calling it an “Operation” is geeking this up just a tad.
Let’s just say I decided to focus on what would make me happy. What would make me an awesome mom. What would make me someone that my husband would be glad to come home to. What would make me someone that was good at my job. And, simply I decided to do those things.
Since Monday, and granted it’s just Thursday, I feel better. Not being sick helps. And so does some sunshine, even if it is 100% humidity out there. You know what else helps? Vowing to spend some time playing the kids. Making plans with friends and chatting with a friend on the phone. Running. (Or walking… it’s hot out there folks.) Pulling out food to cook every night, even if I don’t feel like it. It always feels good to have a meal at the end of the day with my family.
Finally, there’s work. As a work-at-home-mom it’s crazy-tough to find the right balance. I haven’t found the holy grail in work-life balance, but I have found something that’s helping me: working with intention. This week, I don’t just go into the office to check my email. When going into my office I plan to work for a set period of time and get things done. Set the clock, check items off my to-do list, then leave. No matter what. If I don’t get something done, I set up another time to do it.
This week, I’ve smiled. 🙂 Lots.
What do you do when you need to brighten up your days? What makes you smile? How do you find balance in your busy mom-life?