I use a variety of shake mixes. One of them that I order came with some recipe cards and a cute inspirational image. I read it and thought about it for a minute. Then, I stuffed it into a notebook. I found it last week and started thinking again. Maybe it stuck this time because of what is going on in life during this season. The days are longer. The kids don’t necessarily have more activities going on, but they seem to run later. Therefore, supper and bedtime run later. That combination can add to grumpy kids and me having to be a dictator rather than a mom.
This is the quote: “In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.” Sid Caesar
I have lots of goals. I don’t have a list of them posted for documentation, but they bounce around my head often…lots of thoughts bounce around my head!
I want to be a good wife. One of my 2019 goals was to focus on priorities. Marriage tops that priority list. It is supposed to top that priority list. Kids make more noise though and sometimes the list gets out of order. I want to complete a Half Ironman triathlon. In earlier blog posts, I have talked about this. Due to weather and water, I have only completed 2 portions of a Half Ironman triathlon. I want the full meal deal…even though the open water swim still gives me anxiety. That’s for another post though! I want to prepare home cooked meals, keep the laundry caught up, and make our home a welcoming place for our family at the end of the day.
When asked what I “do” I am never really sure how to respond. I am a pharmacist by schooling. I am a bookkeeper for my husband’s business. I am a Plunder Design stylist because that is my fun job. My main job is MOM. I don’t always feel that I succeed in how I want to perform my “mom” job. I find myself getting so wrapped up in the small details of all of these things that I want to accomplish that I miss the life that is happening around me. When this occurred to me, I started reassessing what should be important to me to get accomplished. In this season of life, I think that being a good example and showing grace and love to my family is where I need to focus.
It’s really not all that difficult to do when I s-l-o-w down long enough to be aware of my surroundings. My family just wants me. That may mean sitting on the couch with them and being still…which is somewhat difficult for me. I can always think of something that needs to be done or that I think needs to be done. The kids still want mom to come eat lunch with them at school. The school cafeteria is a noisy place, but this week I spent two lunch times there (one with the boys and one with sister). It was a small act and required me to do very little – other than to just give them my time and attention.
I don’t want to be so focused on goals that I miss life. Time passes too quickly as it is. I know there will always be things that I could have done differently…as saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20”, but I am going to do my best to focus on the life that is going on around me and enjoy it fully!