baby. You are changed. There are so many changes, and they come all
at once. Many of them are hard
changes. At least they were for me!
the way I used those hours changed dramatically. Gone were lazy Saturday mornings of watching
the news and drinking coffee with my husband.
I’m not saying the change was a bad thing, it absolutely was not. But, figuring out how to use my time, not
waste any second of it; that was more of a challenge.
youtube video on file organization – yes, I was really watching a video on how
to organize my filing cabinet! As the
lady was going through what she does, I thought to myself, “huh, that is
exactly what I used to do before I had children. Why am I not doing that now?”
been working really hard at using that word for every aspect of my life. My time with the kids, the amount of planning
I do for homeschooling, organizing my life, finding time for activities that
feed my soul, my marriage, the food we eat; everything.
the basics. What I knew about myself
before having kids, and how I can fit that in with my life and how I am
now. It all seems to come back to time.
ago, I would have laughed. Making time
seemed absolutely impossible! I was
walking around like a zombie, not sleeping, having to stay on top of raising a
two year old and a new little baby.
Making meals and snacks, cleaning and organizing the house – ha! It was challenging, to say the least.
hard. But, I have finally realized that
I can’t be the best version of myself if I am not making that time. It means saying no, it means waking up early
or staying up late – but definitely not both, it means letting my kids do messy
crafts so I can make dinner, it means going through and de-cluttering the house
so there is less to take care of.
and that is a good thing. I have spent
too many years being on the pessimistic side of life. Realizing how amazing my life actually is,
and seeing all the blessings that God has bestowed on my family is humbling.
and I am thankful that I get to be with them every day. However, I also need me time. It isn’t me being selfish – although I
definitely felt that way for a while.
creativity lately is to get more into planning again. I have always kept a planner. A paper planner. I have tried multiple times to get into using
an online system. Google calendar – I’ve
tried it, I can’t seem to get it to work well for me. I do like having it available on my phone,
computer etc. But, I don’t update it the
way I do with a paper planner.
when I am planning on my week. I never
realized there was such a community of planners online, but I guess you can
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bandwagon as well. They are now about
all things washi tape and stickers. I
have to say that it has given us all a creative outlet during the day. It is nice to have something, even as small
as planning, become a fun activity to do with my kids.
favorite hobbies? Do you have any tips
to share on how to keep the creativity flowing when your schedule and life seem
to be non-stop?
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