In the beginning, I spoke about resolutions and how I like to spread them over the year. This January was a prime example why I think so. Things were crazy busy and I didn’t really manage the things I wanted to get done since new and more pressing matters came up repeatedly.
- The blog went on and I am pretty surprised, how many people actually been on the site already. I surely don’t have many repeating readers (expect family and friends), but it is a start. I had many plans for background work like newsletter, promotion and aking things pretty. I managed some of them and am rather pleased with it. These first months are meant to gather experience and built up a writing routine. Later I want to work with the tips of a German entrepreneur Katharina Lewald. She is all about building your online business. Another person I follow is Lisa Koivou with Oh, She Blogs!, if you are looking for help in English.
- The thing with getting more exercise kinda backfired. First I wanted to get swimming lessons for the kids and use the time with my husband to swim sióme lanes too. Duh! All booked out for months… Additionally wanted we grown-ups to start exercising together on the weekend, but I hurt my ankle (again) and right now I can even go for a brisk walk. If you want to tackle getting fit and losing weight with a concept you can try Lindsey Reviews for ideas.
- We started planning an insect hotel with the kids. My husband took the time to explain how you find information on the internet (even though they can’t read yet). Now they know the meaning of googling and Wikipedia. Then they watched a few youtube video what can be done wrong.
What happened in January?
Incredible much: a holiday with friends, repair appointment, children’s birthday party’s, slightly sick kids, lots of work with the blog. Then I trough in the breaks (sprained ankle). and by now I have hardly any energy left.
Balancing like a mom
If life wants more than you can give and especially if your kids need an extra portion love and attention, it is easy to forge your self (or your partner). Sometimes you just have to hold on for a week or two. But this January was challenge after challenge. after the holiday my kids were a little off-track. First, my son had to come to work with me, since there are simply too much school holidays in comparison with work holidays. Then his teacher throughout a lot more homework and he suddenly needed at least an hour (he’s first grade). The timeframe his homework now took, was originally used by me to go for a walk to clear my mind. That won’t happen again anytime soon. At the same time, my to-do list was endless. Ich worked off a lot, but there were always at least as many new tasks coming up.
In such phases, I try to use what little free space I have left. Even if that means just dosing off for a few minutes. I also find being thankful especially important at such times. That can be a thank you from my daughter when I clean her glasses (that part somehow got lost before Christmas) or my thanks for the help my kids give me with cleaning and cooking.
Kids are sensitive to it when the atmosphere turns bad. On one hand, my kids then try to help out and cuddle a lot. On the other hand, they get thin-skinned. There are more tears while roughing about, they get recalcitrant or ignore me completely. Holding them in those moments takes lots of energy and love.
And if things hit rock bottom I tell myself “It’s just a phase, it will pass”. If even that ceases to work, I start singing a little song to myself, that a dear friend taught me. Partly to tune out the nagging kids for a moment (if I am lucky they even start listening) and partly to give myself strength. (The translation is pretty bumpy, but I did my best)
We are the children of Sun, Moon and Stars. We are the children of Sky and Earth. We are the children of Light and Love. We love, we love, We love , who we are.
We are the children of Sun, Moon and Stars. We are the children of Sky and Earth. We are the children of Light and Love. We become, we become, we become, who we are.
Is eating a thing for you too
I am an emotional eater. Sadly there is no doubt about that. If I get stressed out over longer periods of time, I start to eat anything in reach. It gets even worse if I feel lonely or overburdened. Then I start craving sweets and after some time only nougat can take the edge of things.
For a long time, I felt really guilty after giving into my cravings. Now I allow myself to indulge in these situations. Emotionally the effect is huge. And afterward, I make it a point to continue with non-food self-care (a long bath, going for a walk, meditating,…) to keep things light.
I didn’t indulge half as often in January as I would have liked since most of the month felt like a tightrope walk. At the same time, all the stress sucked the energy out of me and I was constantly tired. In the middle of the month, I remembered my power morning routine I had tried out in August and September last year.
Salted water with a select few supplements (zinc, magnesium and vitamin Bs) & breakfast with cinnamon, Maca powder, rose hip powder and berries are back on the plan. I have to admit that I didn’t manage to include meditating and a short workout just yet for a lack of motivation or my children waking up too early in the morning. The exercises were usually done before anyone else got up in the morning. Afterwards, I felt awake and ready to tackle the day. Right now I can’t get out of bed before the rest.
But now I already really itch to work on the Blog until after 16 o’clock and don’t just do it, because I have it on the to-do list.
What are your emergency foods and soul comforters? Do you know, why you crave exactly that? I never really figured nougat out (except for it being freaking yummy).