Sometimes when things get hard, or just don’t feel right, it’s ok to take a step back to reevaluate. I felt a tug at my heart to do just that, and give myself a little break from everything/everyone over the last week to just internally focus: on me, my family, and my business goals. It was so needed!
It was the first time we have really followed any sort of a break schedule for school, as it’s our first year having a kiddo in school full-time, but talk about perfect timing! Knowing we had nowhere to be, and no rushing to do, I kept the week free of any scheduled appointments or grand plans to do anything in particular. Funny enough, though, Spring break also aligned perfectly with my favorite decluttering mission I do each year: Simplified’s Ruthless Declutter Challenge.
Decluttering our home is a non-stop work in progress, and I’m finally ok with that. We evolve as individuals and our family goals change, too; and therefore our home has to adapt to account for that. So the first thing I really focused on was getting the house in order a little bit each day, and let me just tell you…being able to stay on top of our home without overwhelm actually allowed me to feel like a human being—not just a robotic maid, short order cook, and project manager. Raise your hand if that feeling sounds familiar!
When we weren’t decluttering, we spent a ton of time outdoors, as long as it wasn’t raining. Chalk drawing, bike riding (lots of bike riding!), outdoor picnics, picking weeds (who knew the kids would enjoy such a thing!), baking yummy treats, and going to the gym. Was it an elaborate trip, or staycation? Nope! But we had the best time. Even better, we have a whole other week to get in some more Spring break fun. I’m thinking a backyard water day, a museum or two, and an at home movie experience, complete with popcorn & boxed candy!
Although I made sure the kids had plenty of fun last week, I really tried to focus on me too. Disconnecting from social media really allowed more time and focus on areas of my life that have been neglected for a little while. One of the top things I made sure to do was read. In place of Facebook or Instagram, I picked up books and magazines instead. Here are a few things I read (& listened to) last week:
THINGS I READ
- Paleo Recipes Magazine
- Grace Not Perfection – Emily Ley (2nd time reading all the way through!)
- Girl Stop Apologizing (Audiobook) – Rachel Hollis
- I Was an Ugly Mother Today (article)
THINGS I LISTENED TO
- The Fort with Chris Powers: Interview with Alex Snodgrass, the Founder and CEO of The Defined Dish blog
Our second week of break will be more of the same, but with a bit more focus on long-term goals/plans for the rest of this year. It’s crazy that despite setting these things up at the beginning of this year, that some pretty drastic life changes can really change things up!
Hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s day and the sun is starting to shine ☀️