It has officially arrived.
Spring. Otherwise known as that time of year when my family’s schedule becomes jam-packed with juggling two kids in sports, plus the normal busyness of life. And of course, with spring comes the endless planning of summer adventures!
This is soooooo exciting, and yet, today I have found myself already stressing about my schedule being overbooked. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, I don’t have a single unplanned weekend until July 18. WHAT?!?! How did that happen?!
Lately, I’ve been getting better at saying “no” when I’m invited to social events. It just seems that I’m not good at casually managing a tight schedule that doesn’t leave room for down time with my family. Instead, I get anxious and stressed out over the fact that I’m gone too much and don’t have time to get the things done that I need to…ya know…laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, cuddling on the couch with my boys….
But, on the other hand, I just recently had a friend my age diagnosed with leukemia. She was literally at work one day, and the next moment she was being admitted to the hospital to immediately begin chemotherapy. With this, I had a bit of a “I need to take adventures! I need to live life to the fullest every single second because it can throw you a curve ball at any moment!” mentality. I wanted to plan trips and start checking items off my Bucket List ASAP.
So, I’m left with the continual inner battle of managing how to juggle “living life to the fullest” and not packing my schedule so tight that I can’t even enjoy the things I’m doing.
For me, the best way to do this is to stop looking SO FAR ahead on my calendar. Sometimes I get caught up in looking at all of those things I have planned way down the road that I can’t even see how many “free” days are right in front of me. I need to get better at that. I need to just slow it down and take it one day at a time.
I can do this. I will live in the moment, but plan many more moments to enjoy.