Life has been over the top crazy the past few weeks.
I'm exhausted and overwhelmed and oiling like crazy. Yes, I am thankful since not too long ago there would have been no way I could have kept up with a fraction of what has been going on in my life. Even so, there are only 24 hours in a day and some things have to give. So what gets put aside?
First, let me give you a glimpse into my world:
See little Wes? The expression on his face matches mine about now. Hubby was away for 3 weeks for work. While he was gone we were in the throws of refinancing the house and dealing with a nit-picky appraiser, installing new carpet upstairs as well as a new roof, and a laundry list of repairs before we could complete the new loan. In the meantime, he tore his rotator cuff and had surgery a few days after he returned home. Ugh. And my shoulders and wrists were in a flare. Is that enough? Add to this a week long business trip to Florida, keeping up with my Vball club treasurer job, moving my blog to a new service (still in progress), painting the living room and family room, crews in to do hardwoods in those rooms and to paint the exterior, helping with a big event, school, and some wonderful momentum in my business. It's good stuff but too much at once. I'll admit there have been tears involved a few times and I am still flaring in my wrists (painting, I'm sure).
What made the cut list?
1) Cleaning. The bathrooms and kitchen need a good scrub down. Clutter is rampant. I have a friend that I talked to about swapping cleaning for oils. I think that may be a good solution. In the meantime, I just have to deal with things not being how I like them. I'll live. 2) Social Media. I haven't been posting or keeping up with my online contacts like I should. I hate losing momentum but I will get the ball rolling again. I am switching to a new platform called 3 Step Solutions that will consolidate a lot of my communications and save me time while allowing me to take better care of my people.
What oils have I been dousing myself with?
1) Balance Grounding Blend - this is generally my go to stress reliever and it does a fab job of evening out my emotions. The warm, woody aroma is one of my all time favorites. I use a little on the back of neck and on my wrists in the morning and whenever I need it throughout the day. Diffused with a citrus oil, it's amazing. It is life. 2) Passion Inspiring Blend - I'm pooped. This helps keep me feeling energized and inspired. Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Damiana make this warm and spicy and inspiring. I made a mini-roller with both of these loves so that I could have it with me ALL THE TIME.
What have I learned?
The biggest thing..... Be DECISIVE. No time to hem and haw and consider every possible scenario when you want to survive the crazy. No time to second guess myself. I did not realize how liberating that would be. It literally took me 10 minutes to decide on paint colors for the downstairs (not counting the stop at the store to grab a handful of paint chips). Before it would have been a several day process. And guess what? It looks great! Supplies for my upcoming classes? Ordered in a few minutes. Decide and go. I am not going back to my flip-floppy indecisiveness. What to have for dinner? BAM. decided. What clothes to pack for the trip? 10 minutes, done. I can live like this. Simplify life. I think that my productivity will really increase if I'm able to stick with this decisive life. **and I do need to give a shout out to Molly. My middle, my assistant, and as of late, often Hana's chauffeur. Being able to call on her for help has been a lifesaver. Keep in mind - people want to help. We need to make sure we are asking. Once it's all done, I know I will look back and laugh at all the crazy. Not there yet. What crazy is happening in your life and how do you handle it?