Thursday, 17 May 2018

Learning To Slow Down

The frequency of my posts here is 100% in line with my wholehearted, but often failed attempts at balancing family-, work-, home- and other responsibilities. It turns out that being a working mom with no help in the house is hard. Really hard. Who knew?

There is, of course, Will, my rock, who has the ability to defuse even the most stressful situation with his warm and quiet hugs. And then there's Miss K, with her frequent "Mom, I love you"-notes - a constant, living reminder to man up and try and be my best self. Mister J, with his soft, squishy kisses and (my!) mule-like stubbornness, is often the driving force behind flour packet explosions and tomato sauce squirts on our carpets. But even that is forcing me to dig deeper and try harder at being a good, loving, happy mom.

So while this post may seem despondent, it's not. The past few months have taught me, among other things, the importance of slowing down. That being 100% on time for 100% of our activities is just not worth the (super-stressed) hassle. That postponing or skipping a run is not the end of the world. And that no tomato sauce squirt is ever worth losing one's peace over.

So I'm making a conscious effort to slow down. To remind myself to stop and smell the roses. And to be a whole lot kinder to myself. Because it appears that working-mom weeks, just like so many other things in life, are best approached like the mammoth task of eating an elephant: One peaceful bite at a time.

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