Taking Time for Family

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday over December. I decided to take some time off and enjoy my December with my  family as life was getting very overwhelming with school, work, and this blog. So, I decided to dial things back and take time for myself and my family. I felt a little guilty as I haven’t missed a week in the two years that I have been writing this blog, but I do think that it was necessary.

Every year when the new year comes around, we create new resolutions for the future. Last year, I aimed to get off my phone more, which I think I have done. Now when I am on my phone, it’s to read a book and not go on social media. So I think that is an improvement? I feel like reading is a productive use of my time that is good for me, so I’m going to go with things have changed in that department. The other thing I wanted to do was organize more productive activities for my kids when we are at home. I definitely think I could have done that better, but we do spend more time coloring, doing puzzles, and playing playdough, so while it isn’t perfect, I think it has improved.

This year, I’m aiming to take my year one day at a time. By the end of last year, I found myself thinking “I just have to get through this week” ,”I just have to make it to the end of the month.”,” I just have to make it through these next two years.” What I realized as the new year rolled around, was that I was trying to get through my life without stopping to enjoy what was happening. If I keep getting through the present, I’m not going to enjoy what is happening in the hear and now. Therefore, I am going to try not to get through my weeks and months that are sure to be crazy and chaotic but enjoy each day I have with my family and work and try to appreciate both the successes and challenges that I face.

As we start the new year with school this week for all three of my children and myself, I realize that this will probably not be easy to do. It is so easy to look to the future to what isn’t happening what now. What I think we forget is that there is always another hill to climb after the plateau we reach. Sometimes, yes, things are easy and we enjoy the ride down the mountains we climb, but more likely than not, we will have another mountain to climb immediately after we are done. We need to enjoy the climb and stop trying to see that greener grass on the other side.

So, I hope you have a great new year and just remember to enjoy every day instead of looking for those times when life is easier and less chaotic. You may miss the special moments that are happening in front of you if you keep looking ahead.

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