We are a pretty happy and positive bunch over here at Sense & Serendipity. The three of us lead busy lives (some more than others), but we try and keep a can-do attitude when we approach our to-do lists. This week, however, our to-do lists did us in! We each experienced a particularly busy and somewhat stressful week that included everything from deadlines at work, managing kids’ sports and school schedules, needless drama in the workplace/school/home/etc., sick kiddos, rearranging plans at the last minute and everything in between. Let’s just say that we got slapped in the face last week by real life.
But in true Sense & Serendipity fashion, we learned to roll with the punches, take it one task, step and breath at a time and maneuver our way through it. Sometimes that means pouring a glass (or bottle) of wine and watching The Bachelor on repeat. But usually that means remembering a quote or phrase that we can use as an anchor until we can see the light again. Read along to find out which ones we lean on to get us through a stressful week like the one we each experienced recently.
With a family of 5, we are constantly on the go. Last week we had 11 practices, 2 sick kids, a two-day swim meet, a softball double header, projects taking off at each of our jobs, a torn meniscus, 3 school meetings, and you know, normal life stuff. It can be very daunting.
I am always looking for quotes and mantras to repeat to myself when life gets hectic. This one helps me breath a little easier.
You know the old saying – when it rains, it pours? Hopefully, most of the time it means a barrage of great things happening all at once in your life. Yea. Last week was not one of those weeks. Last week was filled with major stress and exhaustion, as I’m sure many of you can relate. My 3-year-old came down with the preschool plague (poor guy) and ended up having to stay home from school every day, meanwhile I still had freelance writing assignments due that I was frantically trying to finish with a cranky toddler running around (good luck with that), then my laptop crashed during a critical work deadline. Sigh…
The good thing is, it can only go up from here, right? RIGHT?! Anywho, this fantastic quote from Author, Shayne McClendon, really speaks to me in moments where I’m feeling extremely stressed out and overwhelmed. (Of course, a spa day at the Four Seasons would speak to me too, but this is cheaper.) Hope it helps you too!
I have no idea what or how last week even happened! Work was particularly bizarre, busy and overly dramatic. By the time Friday came around and I walked out of the office, I remember just sitting in my car to go home and thinking, “What was that?!” The week involved A LOT of deep breathing–yoga style– and a lot of mini pep talks reminding myself that I can get through this–whatever “this” was.
For 2016, I chose “Choose” as my word for the year. The word I could turn to as a reminder of what I would like to accomplish in the next year. This week, I found myself repeatedly going back to that word and the phrase above telling myself that it is a constant choice of how we can look at things and situations that present themselves to us. Time and again, I chose happiness and made the decision to not let all the needless, childish drama (that is more about everyone else’s personal issues than our own) take me down with it.
We are hopeful this week will turn out much better than last week. And if not, we’ll just keep repeating our mantras and get through it!