Gym time, quite time, Bible Study preparation time, hubby time, me time, stay-at-home Mommy time, homeschooling time, household chores and responsibilities time, social time, blogging time, church blogging time, I got tired.
I didn’t slow down. I just stopped.
Something happened the week of Thanksgiving. I got a hint, a taste, of time free of restrictions. Thanksgiving break always makes me feel like I am in school again where I refused to do anything that resembled work during that time. During school, I wouldn’t do any school work unless it was absolutely necessary and even then, I would do it at the last possible minute because I did not want to do “their” work on my time. Now that I am an adult, I still feel that way. Instead of absolute refusal of school work, its hit-or-miss (mostly miss) Wifommy work.
We had no home school during the week of Thanksgiving. My son was up and I baked and baked and baked. I enjoy baking and being in the kitchen so I do not consider that work. It’s fun. I view it as my me time that other people enjoy.
After Thanksgiving, school work resumed, scheduled gym time resumed, household responsibilities etc resumed. By mid December, I all but quit.
No more school. No more blog(s). Minimal housework. Happenstance dinner plans.
I took a break. Normally I feel so bad for saying that but I don’t this time. I didn’t quit. I didn’t refuse to come back to normal. I stopped going so hard in one direction and rested.
I learned an important lesson in this and learned something more of myself.
Well placed breaks make me more effective in my role(s). I returned back to all of the things I wrote at the start of this post with eagerness. I was excited to begin again. My motive was not to ever come back to myself and my responsibilities. It was to stop all of the day-to-day and enjoy the time and the season. Because my motive was well placed, I believe my outcome was positive to all involved.
I rediscovered my love of reading through audiobooks! I enjoy reading a good book but my family cannot afford for me to be engrossed in a book to the neglect of dishes, laundry, and family time which is exactly what I used to do. Audiobooks enable me to do chores because I can listen to my book while I complete those tasks. I actually look forward to doing laundry, dishes, and the like because I can escape to my book. I don’t think I would have ever really discovered this for myself if I didn’t have this break.
I took a standing 8 count. Now I’m back.