These words flashed before me as I scrolled through my Facebook news feed over the weekend. They lingered in my mind as I went through the motions of my day. They were the wake up call I needed to slow down.
I am an absolute shocker for racing through life at the speed of light always trying to fit a million and one things into a measly 24 hours. It seems that more often than not lately, I have been biting off more than I can chew and its effects are taking their toll.
Truth be told, I have been feeling a little overwhelmed recently. I am juggling being an awesome mummy, loving wife, superstar housekeeper and not so superstar chef, a good friend, and newbie blogger. Throw in a baptism, third birthday, and the start of daycare for my bub, and I find myself struggling to keep all of these balls in the air. At the end of each day, I am finding it harder to catch my breath and notice it is taking me longer to bring my shoulders down from up around my ears and chill out of an evening.
In just under two months’ time, I will be heading back to work part-time.
My job situation changed while on maternity leave, so I will be returning to a new role, new team, and new boss. The transition back to work after 12 months off will be interesting enough, let alone with an extra serving of change added in there to spice up the mix.
More than ever, now is the time for me to slow down. I need to put those brakes on and take in what is happening around me. Rushing around like a lunatic all the time, I forget to observe the simple things in life. The beautiful things that are happening around me every single day. Special, magical, awe-inspiring things that fill my heart and soul with happiness.
After receiving my wake up call loud and clear, I spent the remainder of the weekend being aware of my surroundings.
At a birthday party on the weekend, Curly-locks, my almost-three-year-old climbed to the top of a climbing frame and then slid down a slide. I was filled with pride. I grinned like an idiot scouting out Dave in the crowd to see if he witnessed what I just had. This would be no big deal for other parents as they watch their children hurl themselves down slides, jump off ledges, and run full pelt across the wobbly bridges. Doing what she did was totally out of her comfort zone. She’s growing and changing.
Later that same day, Curly-locks saw a dog roaming around in the park. She walked straight toward him eager to say hello. Again, she showed us she is growing and changing. If we blink we will miss it. These simple things that aren’t so simple make life so worthwhile.
While Curly-locks and I were playing, I caught a glimpse of Dave and Smiley sitting together on the grass. They looked angelic as the warm Winter sun peaked through the trees behind them forming halos over their heads. Dave nestled into Smiley’s neck and blew raspberries as she squirmed and squealed. The simple things.
Later that evening, we popped the girls in the bath together. Once they were in safely and Dave was watching them I told him I would just run and do one or two of the things on my to-do list.
‘Don’t go,’ said Dave.
‘Stay. This is nice.’
I stayed and we watched the girls splash each other in the bath. The four of us in the bathroom together laughing, playing, and discussing the day’s events. The simple things.
This morning as I dressed the girls, I played some Justine Clarke. The three of us sang and danced our hearts out. Smiley head banged to the beat, while Curly-locks stuck her bum out, wiggled her hips, and gave it all she’s got. As I watched our reflections in the mirror, I was filled with happiness. The simple things.
In the next couple of months before my life goes up a notch of crazy, I aim to simplify as much as I can. This is definitely going to be hard for me and goes against my nature.
I have set myself some simple 🙂 intentions to see me through the next couple of months as I prepare for the next stage of my life.
- Be present.
- Be wary of my limits.
- Look after me.
Are you making the time to enjoy the simple things in your life?
DailyPositiveQuotes.com is the Facebook group I I found these motivational words in. Check them out if you are looking for a bit of inspiration in your day.