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!
A summer filled with soaking in the moments. Doesn’t that sound amazing? What do you do it slow down and enjoy summer?