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A Day (or Two) of Rest

2012 July 15

You know that illustrious ball I am always talking about juggling? Family, work, friends, marriage, beauty, style, personal hobbies, rest, relaxation…you know, that one.

Well I have to admit…I have been dropping it lately.

This month has been one big episode of “watch me let things fall through the cracks.” Missed a conference call last week because my calendar apparently decided to hang out on east coast time instead of west, was late on a deadline for allParenting (and for the record, my editors could not have been nicer about it — thank you, thank you!), huffed and puffed my way through a The Dailey Method class and almost thought of leaving mid-way in tears, bailed on a long overdue phone date with a girlfriend back home because I was too burnt out and tired, let all sorts of “you can’t do this” thoughts run through my brain…

So I had gone into this weekend with a to-do list. A plan of attack to catch up on life, which included working on a new business proposal, writing some freelance pieces to get ahead of the deadlines for once, trying to cram in two Dailey Method classes to make up for that half-assed one.

And then I decided to scrap it altogether.

Things might be falling through the cracks, but they’re going to have to stay there for two more days.

I don’t need to feel more accomplished to get through this little rut, I need to feel less accomplished. I need to sit. I need to do a beach picnic with friends and throw back some good old Mike’s Hard Lemonade and let the kids run in the waves and make s’mores. I need to spend some time in a serene garden by the ocean and just wander. I need to skip that exercise class and let the proposal wait until Monday…or Tuesday…or maybe even Wednesday.

I need to realize that I may be a master juggler 363 days of the year, but for these two, I am just going to let those balls drop. And I am not going to care where they fall.

Enjoy your Sunday — I am planning to.

4 Responses
  1. July 15, 2012

    I think you’re a smart mama. And wife. And friend. And woman. As women we carry the minutiae of our lives (our families’ lives) in our heads and I think when that stuff starts to collect and overflow, things can easily slip away. I think you’re smart to put yourself on pause. You’ll come out more collected on the other side. And a great tweet showed up in my feed yesterday: “Meditate for 20 minutes each day. Except when you’re too busy. Then meditate for an hour.” I don’t meditate, but it seems like it could apply to simply taking care of yourself, you know?

    Take care of yourself and everything else will fall into place.

  2. July 16, 2012

    I think your decision to scrap it is the best one – you put the Important Stuff first. Best. decision. ever.

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