Last week as a mama. of five. for five days. by myself.
It had all the hopes of being a “vacation” like I used to remember when my dad would be gone for a couple of days when I was a kid.
It had all the hopes, but by day two I remembered that I am the mom, and that these are five *little-ish* children (not the teenage years I remember!) Insert laughing-crying emoji!!
So we did get to check out an amazing little restaurant with a friend and her children, watched a couple of movies, spent a long afternoon shopping and filling our Operation Christmas boxes, ordered in subs on a Saturday, and did extra book-reading in the evenings. So yeah, I guess it did turn out a little vacation-like . . . but in the midst of it all, I realized that areas of our lives and daily routines needed tweaking . . . for sanity’s sake, and productivity, and so that at the end of a day, a week, and a year, we have done the important things while leaving plenty of space for doing the things we love and most enjoy!
Sometimes a life doesn’t need a big over-haul to make it better, more meaningful. Just tweaking in a few areas. Little things that make a big difference! And it’s little things that I’ve been working on for the past month in some areas, and then again last week, tweaking a few more areas…
Making the decision to workout with a personal trainer friend via FaceTime (technology these days!!) just two mornings a week.
Getting back into the habit of doing a little food prep, house organization, and list-making on Sunday nights.
Making a list of TEN THINGS for the week that need to get done, and then choosing TWO or THREE THINGS from that list for each day. It’s simple, doable, and I actually get things done!!
Completing a daily list for basic business “to do’s” and having accountability to keep me faithful!
And possible the most important for my sanity and well-being, making the effort to get up a little earlier to have some quiet, coffee, and soul time before the rest of “all the people” join me. I cannot emphasize enough the foundation that THE WORD of GOD has been in my life, from years of daily reading (or being read to as a child), and it’s something that I absolutely need to continue for LIFE and LIVING!
This quote I happened across a few weeks back might have been just the thing I needed to set me back into motion with daily faithfulness in all the little things.
“A daily small task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.” ~Anthony Trollope