I was a pretty boring mum during the Easter school holidays. I was sick the whole time and we stayed at home or went to the local park. I wanted these holidays to be different. Not because I was feeling guilty that I hadn’t done my best. I had, even if my best was not that exciting. It was more of a feeling that I had missed out on precious moments that could have happened.
This time I put my work on hold, turned off my computer and we did so much! We saw whales and snow. We went to plays and art galleries. We took the tram to a national park. We stayed at home and did craft. We read books. We cooked. We took mystery walks in unfamiliar areas.
I’ve realised (not surprisingly) that my life is a lot easier when I’m not trying to do everything at the same time. Once I’ve stopped worrying how to squeeze in 10 hours a week to do my contract work, I’ve been a lot more present, curious and connected to the people around me. Work needs to have its own time slot and parenting – its own, something I need to work on going forward.
I’m grateful for the two weeks just past and that I still have three days of school holidays. What are you grateful for this week?