January 9th

Sometimes you just need to stop and peel a tiny clementine.  Forget about all those other thoughts buzzing around in your sleep-deprived, anxious head and stop.  Notice.  Smell.  Feel the moment.

It’s been a Monday, I tell you what.  This whole working mom gig is hard, despite all of its benefits and rewards.  I have played both sides of the working mom/stay at home mom fence, and neither job is easy.  Being a parent is hard work, and even though I have nearly 2 years experince now, I’m still learning every day!

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and uncertain about a lot of things both at home and at work this morning.  After a few tears over coffee with my mom, I succeeded in turning the day around.  Things on my to-do list and my wishlist were accomplished: making an appointment for a long over-due haircut; sipping tea, knitting, and watching Top Chef with my mom; starting the heap of laundry; cleaning the kitchen.

My mind is a bit calmer now and things are feeling better.  I am trying to remind myself to stop and breathe when things get hectic internally or externally. Peel an orange, notice the simple, cheerful things in these dreary winter days.  In addition to the clementines, I am finding comfort and cheer in glittery nail polish, cinnamon-scented tea, birthday balloons, the promise of a new book on the nightstand, connecting with friends, and daydreaming of the next knitting project.

What’s bringing you calm, cheer, and comfort this winter?

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7 thoughts on “January 9th

  1. I know exactly how you feel- I have two little boys ages 5 and 21 months. I’ve found that knitting is the one thing that I can do for myself while they play and I can still be there and connected to them. Believe it or not, I find YOUR blog a calming influence also! I also love the small things- a pretty yarn, a good book to get lost in, a nice sunset showing over the tops of the trees. Thank you for your honesty, sometimes I feel like I am the only one totally overwhelmed by my life!

  2. Right there with you. I’ve found comfort in giving in to the early dusk and napping with Lil One on the couch. A million things to do, but sometimes just enjoying that warm, precious little toddler makes everything else fall away for a while.

  3. i have a 22 year old son and a 7 year old little guy…it never gets easier, just different at different ages…each age presents new and challenging things to deal with. they are so different too…raised by the same parents in the same house. like night and day, they are! i heard an awesome quote in a movie they other day…”there is no way to be a perfect parent but there are millions of ways to be a great parent”…i love that! it was in the movie, “cheaper by the dozen 2”, with steve martin and bonnie hunt. rent it if you haven’t seen it. it will make what you have to do everyday look like a piece of cake…ha ha. see the first one though, it is the better of the two. i believe with all my heart that i was given my boys 15 years apart, because God knew i wouldn’t be able to handle two little ones at one time. have fun and just remember to stay in the moment be it easy or challenging. these days will be gone before you know it…they don’t stay little long.

  4. I am glad you were able to talk with your mum. Peeling a clementine is a good idea – the smell is amazing, and the colour too – I was just saying yesterday it is a pity we can’t do something with the skins. Moments are precious. i always think things are relative – we have so much but life can still be a struggle – so much more is expected of us every day. I had to go to my daughter yesterday as she was struggling with a toddler who had been hyper nad loud and difficult all day. I expect she picked up her mum’s mood.
    I love reading about you days and your knitting and shop. Even tho I am miles away in Dorset UK.

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