Remember back in January when I said I was going to work on increasing my level of contentment?
My goal was to get to a place where I could just be… slow. A place where I wasn’t constantly worrying, planning, treading water. Where I could sit and look out the window and appreciate the beauty of a fresh snow (or, as is more appropriate now that it is late spring, a light rain… or a downpour). A place where I could actually sit with my children and play dolls without making mental to-do lists (Load of laundry? Check. Vacuum upstairs? That’s next. Clean kids’ bathroom? Crap. Ok, that’s next.)
I actually have done really well for the most part. I shed several commitments that were close to my heart but no longer in line with what I need in this season of life (that was TOUGH). I also revamped our family budget and scheduled bi-weekly budget meetings with my hubs – and we’ve actually stuck to it! I even scheduled time for myself to do some reading, I started meditating and journaling, and I improved my diet and worked in some exercise.
And it has worked really well! I’ve felt a deeper sense of calm and satisfaction. Contentment really is the right word. I’ve just felt like… all is well. My life was beginning to feel balanced.
But I’ve started slipping.
I haven’t been reading as much, I’ve been distracted while working, I’ve been slacking on doing the things with the kids and around the house that I really feel happy doing. I’m feel myself reverting back to distracted and high-strung, always feeling there is more to do.
I’m slipping back into old habits, like keeping the kids inside to play on a sunny afternoon so that I can do chores like get the floor mopped or switch out our clothes for summer. I have been terrible about getting sucked into social media that I find disconcerting instead of reading a book that I would love. I stopped getting up earlier to exercise, I’ve gotten back to drinking coffee throughout the entire day instead of just a cup or two in the morning, and I can tell a difference.
I’m feeling the effects.
So I’m ready to get back on track this summer.
One of the things I love about summer is that we tend to be more relaxed around here. I usually don’t get assigned any classes to teach at the community college in the summer so I have more free-time. But this summer I am teaching one class – and I am determined to have a fun and relaxing summer with my sweet fam anyway!
That is why I am so excited to participate in Grounded and Surrounded‘s #ETHANProject. This is a 10 week challenge to ENJOY the HERE and NOW. Timing couldn’t be better because I really need this right now!
Each week, starting June 5, we’ll have a new challenge designed to inspire and motivate moms to ENJOY the HERE and NOW. The best part? There is a whole community of bloggers participating and the project creators, Sammi and Sarah of Grounded and Surrounded, have done so much work to build a supportive and encouraging community, so I know it’s going to be awesome.
A summer filled with soaking in the moments.
Sounds amazing, right?
Well YOU can join in the fun. Download this #ETHANproject 10-Week Challenge Overview for more information and a schedule of the challenge!
Questions: What if you entered the summer months knowing that you had a community of women cheering you on, celebrating the small victories with you, and challenging you to STOP and ENJOY the special moments with your children?
What if you had one day a week set aside to do something creative and fun, outside the box and you didn’t have to come up with the ideas all on your own?
#ETHANproject MISSION: The purpose of the #ETHANproject (ENJOY the HERE and NOW Project) is to inspire your creativity, motivate you to be a better mom and support you through the summer months.
Be sure to check GroundedAndSurrounded.com every Friday for our blogger link-up and to see a re-cap of our favorite photos & stories from the week!
Not a blogger? No problem! Come over to the #ETHANProject Facebook Group and connect with lots of other mommas over there!