A couple days a week I go for a walk/jog and right now the weather is perfect for it. Not too hot. Not too chilly. While jogging on the path today I had to stop for a moment to take a picture. What a beautiful day!
I listen to Power of Moms podcasts while I wa-og and today there was an interesting quote that I wanted to jot down. By Richard Paul Evans: "Out of the dreariness, and into it's cheeriness, come we into weariness home."
This podcast was titled Plain and Simple Fun this Fall and it made me want to go home and make pumpkin chocolate chip bread and share it with the kids when they got home from school. I didn't. Instead I sent a few emails, delivered an anonymous you-are-loved note, and helped out at the school for a couple hours.
I thought of a message from a friend this week and nodded in agreement as she talked about needing a re-charging. And how things aren't even all that bad, there is just stuff that always needs to be done . . . and usually it is for other people. Which is okay - quite often that is how I CHOOSE to spend my time and it does make me happy when I can help others. But some recharging also sounds nice.
I'm lucky enough to be a stay at home mom with all of my children in school full-day so I am able to fit in some "me" time on a weekly basis -- the morning walks, pilates, religion class, and blogging here & there. And I am thankful for that.
You know how sometimes you'll get a thought or idea, like "oh that would be fun to do sometime!" Or "maybe when I have a free hour I really want to learn / do / make such & such." And not because you have to, but because you want to. I have a lot of those kinds of thoughts. A lot of times they are fleeting. And sometimes that free hour presents itself and I don't know what to do with myself, so it gets wasted on meaningless stuff that in no way helps to recharge my batteries.
I have a spiral notebook where I keep my running to-do list. What if . . . I made a page in that notebook that was exclusively to-do's that were meant to fill my bucket. Things that I know would help me feel happy, accomplished, connected with my family, creative, energized, light . . . whole.
Things like . . . .
Bake one of my great-grandma's recipes for the first time
Slip some photos into my project life album
Call a friend
Sit down and play the piano
Plan a fun date night
Read a book
Wake up and make breakfast for the kids (we are a cereal family)
Play Just Dance while the kids are at school
Do a sewing project - and it doesn't even have to be for me (see this), because sometimes sewing is just therapeutic.
I kinda like this plan. Tomorrow I will turn the page in my notebook and begin jotting down these ideas. And when that free hour comes . . . or when I find myself sucked into the computer, I will peel myself away and do something that I really want to do. And that moves me closer to cheeriness.
What kind of things have you been putting off that you know would help re-charge your batteries?
Yep, those toes. After playing in the street barefoot.