I got a new planner yesterday. I know--it's June, but I use an 18-month calendar (which is awesome, by the way) and yesterday I picked one up at Barnes and Noble bookstore. Ahhhhh. It feels so good to have blank pages and a clean canvas! I sat down in front of Netflix last night and started copying over summer camps, baseball games, drama rehearsals, consulting calls, interviews, and staff meetings and it just felt SO GOOD.
I don't usually take time to just SLOW. DOWN. Life runs at a crazy pace and if I'm honest, I kind of like it that way. I prefer to be around people, out and about, solving problems, getting stuff done. But I've realized that I need to downshift, too.
This weekend I read a pyschological thriller in just a little over 24 hours. It kept pulling me back--it was so intense! I love shutting down my laptop and just losing myself in a story. I've been re-watching Parenthood for the same reason--I just need to immerse myself in someone else's drama for a little bit and forget mine! This week, I purchased some bright flowers for my front porch and I really enjoy the ritual of watering them every morning. I know the novelty will wear off and I'll assign the task to one of my kids, but for now, it's so grounding to give life to flowers and watch them bloom and grow.
What are you doing to re-center yourself? How can you step off the crazy train for a little bit and downshift? What's something you REALLY enjoy doing but you usually don't allow yourself to do? Go do that. Make time for it. I know life is nuts this time of year. But if you don't take care of YOU, who will?
Listen. If your to do list is too long, let's talk. I can help take some pressure off by managing your website, your AdWords, and even your Facebook Page. Let's chat and see if my team can help you get back to enjoying summer and enjoying your family.
Now. . .which book should I read next??
Where We Have Been Lately:
Equip Conference for pastors and church leaders: Speaking on Websites and Social Media Marketing
Mighty Mustard Seeds Symposium: encouraging new homeschoolers on their journey
Bethel University: Speaking to music majors about creating a business by teaching music
Summer Series Discussion group: encouraging homeschooling families to use their unique personality style and strengths to influence their homeschool
About the Author
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!