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?