I shared this earlier on Facebook today.
And I wanted to publish it here for anyone who either missed it on Facebook or who isn’t on Facebook:
I LOVE summer, but when the kids are home from school, I panic every year.
Working from home, I go into complete freak out mode wondering how I’m going to get not only anything done, but *everything* done.
Last night I had an a-ha moment after only two days into our new summer routine when I was so exhausted that I was having trouble forming complete sentences by 9:00 p.m.
Every summer I set expectations for myself that are completely unrealistic. I demand too much of myself and I can never accomplish what I determine I “should.”
Then I’m stressed out and short tempered with my kids and hardly ever in the moment and then all of a sudden it’s a week before school and I’m like,
*Goddammit. I did it again.*
I miss a whole bunch of opportunities to be present with the kids and I don’t end up getting most of what I wanted to accomplish done anyway.
Last night when I was blabbering incoherently, I had this revelation.
And then this morning I got a message from a friend of mine.
She invited the three little guys over to hang out with her kids at the lake by her house.
She had no idea how I was feeling or that I had completely overextended myself or that I was on the verge of total burnout only a couple days into the summer.
So I gladly accepted her offer.
She just texted me this picture of Number 5 paddle boarding a few minutes ago.
It’s the perfect summer day here in Connecticut.
85° and not a cloud in the sky.
My kids are having a blast.
And I am having some much needed quiet time which is affording me the opportunity to reassess how I’m going to structure my days and my summer so that I can be productive in a healthy and balanced way.
When you let go and stop fighting reality, the Universe takes action immediately.
And thank goodness for the amazing friends the Universe channels to get you exactly what it is you need.
I was going to write a different post today.
And I was going to use up all this newly found time while the kids were at the lake to do it.
But you know what?
They look like they are having so much fun, and I really want to go see them doing that.
So I’m off to the lake.