At least once a year, sometimes twice, it happens. I get in over my head.
Too many appointments, things on the to-do list, and committments made. Too many, too much, too… crazy.
Over the years I’ve learned that in December, I need a break. Usually the kids and I take the whole month off from school, and often I also take a bit of a blogging sabbatical. Usually, I get some guest writers to fill in the gaps for me.
This time, I just didn’t. I was already up to my eyeballs in… life.
What does it take to run a household? How many “things” on the agenda do we really need to function as a homeschool? How many are TOO many?
December 2014 was insanity central for me. We did take the month off, but I started a new job December 1st, and that immediately took over, FULL TIME, for any rest time I had hoped to get. I am so very, very thankful to have this job. It really was a miracle and God’s timing was perfect in it, but…
But I’m still tired. I still feel like I need that break. A month off. HA! That’s not going to happen.
What I do need though, are LESS committments. Less “things” to do. Less stuff to clean around and deal with.
All of my committments, calendared and not, encompass:
- My time with God
- Time with my husband
- Time with my family
- Self-care and family-care related appointments, fitness, etc.
- Doing VA admin work for others
- Homeschool co-op
- Work (scheduled, non-negotiable, but it gets time so I include it here.)
- Hobbies… wait, do I even have those any more? No, I don’t. There are some I want to pick back up and another I really want to start doing!
- Menu planning and other mundane normal life things
- Not necessarily in this order.
I need less so that I can do more meaningful things with my kids. Spend more time enjoying who THEY are, because they are growing up so, so very fast. I don’t have much time left. The Lord has shown me which things need to go and which need to be pared down with reasonable expectations.
Less isn’t bad. Less isn’t worse. Less is much more simple, and I need simple right now. Before my brain explodes and my family all run away screaming.
You laugh. The wires are already fried. Just give me LESS.