The following is a blog post I recently published on my LinkedIn site - with a few minor changes and updates.
I have been moving through life in the past few years in a constant state of stress. I’m sure many of you relate. Not that there aren’t moments of joy, but the demands of my professional career and my personal roles as mother and wife are often hard to balance, let alone try to find a few minutes of serenity and quiet for myself. My brain is constantly buzzing with “to-do” lists: things I need to take care of when I get to the office, things I need to remember to do on my way home from work, things I need to do when I get home from work…and how to cram it all in two the 2-3 hours I have in the evening for preparing dinner for my family, packing school lunches for the next morning, getting my children into PJs with teeth brushed, and (most importantly) story time and snuggles for bedtime. And, let’s be honest, even though I have a huge laundry list of items (and actual laundry!) to take care of after the kids are tucked in to bed, the reality is that I fall asleep in the reclining chair in my kid’s bedroom about 90% of the time at that point when I sit down to snuggle with my 5-year-old before tucking him in. My level of productivity for that day has ceased while I then have dreams (or sometimes nightmares) about the things I need to get done the next day.
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UPDATE: I wrote this original blog post at the very end of August. As of this past weekend, I have finished sorting through all of my books. (My husband did his two weekends ago...but mine was a much more massive project!). 6 boxes of books donated to the Jr. High school, 4 boxes donated to an Eagle Scout project, and I am now in possession of a tidy bookshelf ONLY the books that spark joy for me, or that I intend to read in the next year. Of course, I still LOVE books and will still buy them. But, after I read each new future book, unless I truly intend to read the book again multiple times, it will be sent on to find a new home to bring joy to someone else. :)
This weekend...we begin the sort & tidy for my kids' books...
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