As tempted as I might be to close down the circus for the day, throw my hands up in the air and give up, I know that there is a solution.... Balance. Balancing work, home life, cooking, cleaning, time for others and time for me.
Did you catch the last one?
~ Me ~
Yep, just a few "me" minutes every day can help keep the mundane, ho-hum's, and even crazies at bay. Taking at least 15 minutes each day to sit down with something warm to drink, sweet music, and inspiring reading keeps my mind focused and my emotions balanced. A place to jot down my thoughts serves as a record of where I was, how far I've come, and my hopes for where I am going in this wonderful life. Ahhhhh, the perfect setting to start off the day.
The only problem that I found was that all to often I would leave the music, book, journal, etc. laying around or packed away in a suitcase from a trip and never find it again. Then when it was "me" time, I couldn't find anything and would spend all morning looking for the lost items! Stressful way to start the day - hunting for lost items - and by the time I would give up and find something else to do for "me" time.... it was time to go! Not only had I missed out on spending a few moments alone, gathering my thoughts before starting the day, I had added extra stress by being unorganized.
So a little while ago I decided to put an end to it. No more missing out on those precious times of reflection and meditation. After gathering up everything that I thought would be nice to have right on hand, I put it in a basket that fits perfectly inside my bottom nightstand drawer. Now everthing is right next to the bed - I can read and listen to music first thing in the morning, or I can take the whole basket with me to another part of the house an relax there.
No more crazed searching for a book. No more frustrating mornings trying to find the next CD in a series.
Simple solution... fantastic results :)
Have you made time for "YOU" today?
All photos taken by yours truly.