Living in the moment

Living in the moment is the only place to be. This blog is revealing some personal things today so that you can think about how in your life you could slow down a little too. Enjoy.

The last month and the next month have a LOT of un-usual responsibilities for me and Chloe. These are things that you might liken to a Christmas season. We had a nice pace going in Jan-March, but now it seems hurried. Does life sneak up on you like that sometimes?

Last month I attended 2 retreats and a weekly meeting or phone calls to prepare. Swim lessons started for my daughter which seem to be really intense. Our Spring shows are here too which means several days out and driving. The ballet recital is close so this means practices and costumes and relatives coming in town to see Chloe's 1st (and maybe only) performance. Lastly, we have a garden and a lot of new (FREE) plants we just landscaped with on our property. If you know anything about gardens or yards, these new plants require extra attention in the beginning in the form of watering, fertilizing and weeding to get them established. However, we still only have 24 hours in a day and still have our normal biz and home management responsibilities.

Sound like a lot? I though the 2 retreats so close would not be that bad. But my family got sick. All of them home and needing my care for over a week! Then I got sick for 4 days too. I thought swim lessons would be a few days a week for a couple weeks in the evening. Nope. Every day at 4:15, which cuts my days short. Is any of this sounding familiar? Biting off just enough to chew leaves no room for unexpected variables. I am doing better than before where I was totally over scheduled and then in panic mode 24/7.

Living in the now for me means enjoying what I do or don't do. So, I won't do another retreat for church around my river goddess retreat, no matter what. I decided to postpone joining the Bible study until after swim (just one more month). I am currently praying Chloe just does lessons, not competition. In fact, I believe I have made that choice while writing this blog. I will offer her to swim in the lessons, but no meets. Too much stress, driving around and we want to enjoy life, not be rushed.

The ballet recital seemed harmless enough since it is a part of her regular 3-day school. Then the practices became tedious and not fun for her. She is starting to put up some resistance to the ballet day at school. It is a good lesson for us as Mom and Daughter. We will work together to make the final weeks more pleasant. We are talking about how great the ballet supports her strength and how Grandpa Ron, Gramma and Grampa are so looking forward to seeing her dance. Focus on the good.

On the days off during this next month, we are not going many places or having hardly any play dates (if any at all). It is nice to see friends, but the down time to be in our PJ's and eat later than usual is precious at her age while she is not in 5 day a week school. We cut back elsewhere when we started to feel stressed. This is a good lesson too about keeping our committments AND taking care of ourselves so we stay happy and peaceful.

As for gardening, even though we love FREE stuff, we are not taking any more plants for a while. And seeds are too hard for us right now for veggie gardening. We will spend the extra few dollars to buy small veggie plants so the rewards come sooner and we don't have so much care taking. Instead of being stressed, we are making choice about how to make our quality of life better. We are looking for the good in the challenges and turning life around. When committments get to be too much, we are really letting go of other things.

Spring shows end Mid-May, swim and ballet are over the 1st of June. The garden and new landscaping will be established. School will be out for Chloe. Life will slow down again and we will bask in the calm. We will then have space to enjoy new adventures too, like traveling, Summer playdates to stay connected a bit and lots of outside play.

Where could you cut back to gain more space for peace? Is there a day a week you could sleep more, play more and not follow a calendar? Are you using gratitude to help you push through the clutter of life and focus on what is important? Life ebbs and flows. I like to be in that flow more often! Learning from life's lessons only happens when we can slow down and live in the moment.

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