Well, these past couple of weeks have really been draining. I have been stressed to the hilt about money and being behind in my grading at work and being a bit overscheduled (that may or may not be an understatement) and not being able to keep my house clean and organized for more than a 24 hour period and the list goes on and on. We tried to get my daughter to sleep in her own bed last weekend and that was a disaster which seemed to have the ripple effect of making her sleep poorly all of this week (it is a long story, but I’m just going to leave it at we aren’t ready as a family to make this work, so she is back in our bed again). Things have not changed much about that list, other than the financial thing, which for the short term (probably a few weeks) is dealt with and much more comfortable. For the long-term, I am going to have to do something else, but right now, I have a bit of a reprieve. I am still behind in grading and work obligations. I am still dealing with a disorganized house and lack of cleaning routine that leads to a total disaster at the end of each exhausting week. I am still a bit overscheduled, although I did just skip something that was on my calendar today in the name of sanity and I have decided that I need to be STRICT about not scheduling ANYTHING on Thursdays – which is my only guaranteed day of a block of time without my daughter (she is in preschool) and without work obligations (I have nothing until a 3:30 class followed by a weekly Leadership Institute until 7 p.m., so 3 1/2 hours are booked on Thursday, but all else is open). This time needs to be something I protect for myself. I work a lot of weekends and every other day of the week I either have my daughter and/or multiple hours of work obligations. I have viewed this as prime time for scheduling stuff that doesn’t fit in my schedule elsewhere, but no more. I need this time for MYSELF. So, that particular decision is not made with any reluctance. I realized how important this is when I read Kim Raya‘s post on Adrenal Fatigue. I definitely think I’m suffering from it – not because of the Narcissistic Abuse she discusses but because of my stress levels.
So, my Thursday Thumbs Ups (a little late since I didn’t finish this yesterday) are:
–A second job (got my paycheck yesterday – boy, does that help).
–Thrift store finds
Going to go ahead and finish this up and publish since I’m already a day late. So much more to talk about, but it will have to wait. 🙂 Maybe it will be part of my Five Minute Friday post.