was about time to revisit it, especially since I had been absent from this
space for a few weeks. You might say
that I needed a little more margin in my life.
but actually putting this little word into practice and into my schedule has
been a lot more difficult than I originally expected.
I mentioned on Monday that we finished up our homeschool year
at the end of April, but what I didn’t mention was that we school right through
from January to April, without breaks.
So while all of the kids’ friends in school are getting their lovely
spring break time, we are still.doing.school.
And since we had the flu hit us incredibly hard for the month of March
(and because we brought home our wonderful Great Pyrenees puppy Izzy), I may
have been feeling a bit more frazzled than I should have been.
I did not mean that to rhyme, but we will just go with it – and instead of
scheduling in that white space, I saw the white space and decided to fill it
with other things.
Emma’s birthday, we were discussing how guilty we can feel when we say no to
people who have asked for our help in doing something.
less of you for something else. Make
sure your yes is worth the less.”
to give myself more room to say yes to what matters to me the most. I don’t want to tell someone yes when I don’t
really mean yes, because that means that I am saying no to something else,
something important to me.
land and not have any responsibilities, and only do the fun and entertaining
things. But, I have noticed that when I
overcommit myself to outside obligations
(that is the key word), I tend to rush around with chores and other essential
parts of my daily life, and instead constantly say no when my kids want to play
a game of Nintendo Monopoly (longest.game.ever) or edit a video with them,
or sit and write a letter with my oldest.
much I want and need to fit in writing time for myself in the midst of spending
time with my kids, planning a new homeschool year, and all the normal
day-to-day that is required of us.
yes to anything outside my immediate family.
several rainy weeks in spring is not what I expected to be doing. I honestly thought that by now margin would
be easy to come by, and it would be natural for me to cut out the unnecessary
parts of my schedule, but that has not been the case.
need to be aware of this. Taking a step
back and re-evaluating the time I put into other projects and other people
outside of my family.
using to work through some of this struggle going into the summer, and I hope
you will join me back here then!
back into old routines and bad habits that you thought would be easy to