How I’m going to spend my days

Life swirls around. So much is going on in the world at any given minute. We’ve all heard the statistics that sound something like this “Every minute ______ happens.” or “X people do this thing every second.” I mean, I get it, a lot is going on.

You just have to look at my kids to know that shit is happening all the time. They never stop unless they are sleep.

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you should or shouldn’t do. The lesson I keep having to learn is to let go of all those things that don’t serve me and my family and keep the things that do. Kids are especially adaptable and if I do things that help me it helps everyone.

I’m learning that not everything has to be made from scratch. I’m learning that a clean house is great but unrealistic unless the kids are strictly sitting and watching TV 24hrs a day. I’m learning that TV and screen time is fine because my sanity is worth that little extra bit of screen time.

I’m learning to say “screw you” to the overwhelming list of “shoulds” the internet and my brain try to put on me.

Instead, I’m going to be spending my days taking care of myself. I have 3 small humans who need me, 2 animals who can’t feed themselves and a husband who deserves a wife who takes care of herself.

This week that looks like making meals for myself and not apologizing for taking the time to eat them in peace even if it means my kids are a little rowdy in the other room. It looks like reading a novel and bingeing a podcast. It looks like making the effort to go to the park because we all benefit from the sun and wind on our faces. It looks like enjoying my kids despite the mess (screw the mess, it will be there later) and enjoying myself.

This is how I want to spend my days. Each day has it’s own troubles that need addressing but I don’t need to borrow trouble by taking on someone else’s ideas of what makes a good life.

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