Balancing the Chaos

Alternate titles for this post: “Wait, What Day is it?”, “Put That on the To-Do List” & “What Was I Just Doing, Again?”

Anyone else feel like they’re living in a complete whirlwind? I feel like the past two months have FLOWN by and I’m just sitting here wondering why I have to flip my calendar so many pages. I’ve lost my groove and I’m not exactly sure why. They say that we have seasons in life and I’m wondering if this is one of those “you live in total chaos” seasons. Is that a thing?

I often associate fresh starts with beginnings of things. The first day of Fall, the first day of the month, the next Monday. So, like the basic B that I am, I’m going to start fresh this October. I’m vowing to get back on track (have y’all noticed I seem to “vow” a lot in my blog posts? It keeps me accountable so get used to it). Here are my thoughts on getting my life back to a comfortable-ish schedule:

Embrace my calendar/planner: when I was working full-time, I scheduled EVERYTHING. I had a planner that was broken down by hours and I loved it because I could literally pencil everything in to the minute (or close to). I need to get back to that. Not necessarily as detailed, but I need to put all of my to-dos in a central location. Not just my “need to’s”, but also my fun “want to’s”, because I seem to keep forgetting about those! For me, this helps me feel organized and helps my sleep-deprived, coffee-fueled mom brain sort out my days. I’m excited about this one. {P.S. what’s your favorite planner?!}

Be flexible: okay I realize this is completely contradictory to what I just wrote, but bear with me. I’m ALL about scheduling and planning. But at the same time, there’s a tiny part of me that’s usually totally “whatever” and throws the plan to the wind. There’s something oddly refreshing about being able to go with the flow and change the plan if the plan needs to change. Besides, much like classroom teaching, parenthood often throws off any big plans you have anyway.

Meal plan: there was an (albeit short) time where I was sitting down each weekend and meal planning, then subsequently grocery shopping for the week. Man, did I feel like I had my life together! (I’m laughing, but it’s serious, folks.) We were eating healthy, not wasting as much food, and not spending as much money. Annnddd… then I stopped. So it’s time to get back on track with that one. If you don’t meal plan, seriously, start. Like, this week. You won’t regret it.

Give grace: insert. all. the. clapping. emojis. I’m so super guilty of making myself feel guilty. Do you do this, too? Should’ves and would’ves are thieves of joy and I’m not going to let them get me down anymore. I’m not saying I’m going full-blown “everything is sunshine and rainbows all the time”, but I am going to embrace the moment and accept things for what they are. I’m going to make small changes, work hard to make them stick, and be a-okay with it if those changes suck and we throw that plan out the window.

…There it is, friends. My list of “to-do’s” to get my life back in order. This is a definitely a crazy season of life, but all seasons end, so there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe one of these “fresh start” ideas will resonate with you and you’ll find a little bit of order from it. Or maybe you have a way better idea that I haven’t thought of yet—I’m open to that, too! Cheers to small, reasonable changes, y’all.

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