This month started out so strong. Everything seemed to be going according to plan and then Murphy’s Law happened…. of course it did.
We’re in the middle of the month and my to do list is nowhere near completed. There are a few things I can push until next month, or the end of summer, but the majority of it(I just let out a huge sigh)needs to done by the end of this month.
Asthma and allergies are in full swing again. The culprit this time? Some new super pollen, the extreme heat and humidity.
Trying to carve our time to write my book since I’ve fallen behind over the last several days.
I have a new knitting project I’ve been wanting to start and I probably shouldn’t since this month is already full, but I think knitting will help me relax and re-focus, plus I’ll have something pretty for myself when I’m done.
Here are some tools in my single mom-homeschooling-daily life tool kit that I’ve been intentional about using this year.
Grace: I give my children grace. They’re young and curious, full of energy. They argue, ask me 20 questions in 10 seconds and expect me to answer all of them in .5 seconds. Now I’m working on extending some of that grace to myself.
Humor: You know those moments where everything comes crashing down in a matter of minutes?
It’s either laugh or cry. I’ve learned not to take myself and life so seriously. Yes there are lessons to be learned and there are no do-overs, but having a sense of humor has helped me through many moments.
Patience: Raise your hand if you’re still working on this one. I wasn’t one of those people born with an abundance of patience, but I’m far more patient than I ever thought possible. Not just with my kids, but myself and others as well.
I can do anything – SuperMom attitude: The moments when I handle a meltdown with exceptional grace and patience, celebrating all of my accomplishments, when I know I’m rocking this single mom thing. Those are the days and moments when I’m walking around with that pink diamond studded S on my chest, pink cape(my Super Mom cape is pink with sparkles)blowing in the wind.
Being willing to ask for help: Because as hard as it is to admit that I’m not a superhuman, I need to hang up the cape and ask for help. We aren’t meant to go through life with the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Good friends: I love my support system. Girlfriends to laugh and cry with, drink expensive coffee, late night phone calls, playdates with the kids so we can be face to face and converse with another adult.
Self Care: I’m getting better at saying no to people and projects because I know my limits and I don’t have/need to have my hand in every pot. Exercise and daily devotions. A little retail therapy is also nice.
Dessert: In the summer its shakes, ice cream, and iced coffee. In the winter it’s cakes and pies.
Chocolate is one of my best friends.
20/52 What’s Your Story?
I would love to know what kinds of tools you use in your daily life, and I especially want to know what color your Super Mom Cape is.