Do you wake up and feel overwhelmed by your day before your feet hit the ground?
Do you find yourself going through the list in your head, trying to figure out how you are going to get it all done?
Take your calendar and literally throw it away....there, now don't you feel better?!
Okay, seriously, don't do that, but, get your white out ready! Or for you technologically inclined people, get ready to hit that delete button!
In today's society's mind it is completely acceptable and even encouraged to over stuff your calendar, over committing yourself at every turn.
Our children are feeling the stretch. We become irritable, rushing from one event to the next, often yelling at our kids, "hurry up!" "get your shoes on!" "we are going to be late!" and for what?
Research shows our kids are seriously lacking in the Free Time department. When kids are free to "go play" they learn so many skills and feel the true freedom of childhood.
If you struggle with a child with Behavioral Disorders, Mental Health issues or Special Needs, this is even more important! And we owe it to them to give them this time to celebrate all of their youth.
I want you to take a hard look at your calendar. Are you committing to things you don't enjoy? It's time to let that go. Are your kids in activities they don't enjoy? Take a serious look at if it's worth it to continue and why you are truly doing them. Are you a member of every committee and board, responsible for everyone's success? Does that bring you happiness or a feeling of obligation?
I give you permission to put yourself and your family first. Once you start to see white space on your calendar you will start to feel the relief, and don't stop!
We as parents sometimes feel the need to always be doing some sort of activity, keeping our kids entertained and busy...it's okay for them to be bored!
If you want to dig further into de-cluttering your life and calendar check out Allie Casazza, http://alliecasazza.com/. She has great tips to get you out of overwhelm and on the path to simplicity and joy!
She has a podcast at https://www.thepurposefulhomepodcast.com/ with Kelsey and they have some awesome ideas to get you moving in the right direction!
Go check it out, and hopefully you don't run out of white out or end up with sore fingers from pushing the delete button!!