My daughter is getting married. We are full-on DIY-ers. And we love it. But it is a L.O.T. of work! Coupled with the fact that I have taken a new turn in my career, have two teenage boys that engage in various activities, a husband I enjoy spending as much time as possible with, extended family in the area, and friends I want to see, I've been busy. Sound familiar? It's kind of the way our society works. And yet, I seem to get the question "How DO you do it?" quite often. So, I thought I'd share a little bit of my everyday practices that help me keep my sanity through it all.
Just Kidding. Though I do find such joy in drinking a good cup-o-joe, I think what helps me most days are the things that join me and my coffee throughout the tasks I face.
1. A good morning and evening routine.
I'm not the best at a bedtime routine because I've broken the super-healthy rule of not having a TV in the bedroom. But, I do have a cup of herbal tea most evenings and get in bed in time to get a full 7 hours of sleep or more. After getting a good night's rest, I start the morning right!
I was one of those people who didn't eat breakfast for quite a while. Having babies changed that some, but it wasn't until I started eating a healthy breakfast every morning that I really noticed a huge difference in my energy level. It's worth the time it takes to make healthy food, and the sacrifice of a few minutes less of sleep to do it!
There are mornings I feel like turning on a bit of news before people start heading out the door, and others I keep the house quiet and simply help my boys get off to school clothed, fed and happy(ish)–they leave by 6:45. No teenage boy is fully happy at that hour. You don't have to be rigid about the routine, but be aware, engaged, and present.
2. Exercise and Meditation.
For me, it's yoga. If your thing is running, we may never fully understand each other's choices, but we can share the practice of consistency. Carving out 30-45 minutes, 3 times a week is a must for me. Whatever the exercise of choice is (even walking–one of my faves!) commit to it.
Prayer and meditation/mindfulness goes along with my morning routine many days, but other times I schedule it at different intervals to keep things fresh. Because some days I know my schedule needs a 10-minute quiet time right before a nerve-racking meeting or stressful public engagement. I may not be intentional with this every day of the week, but it's something I try to commit to at least 4 times a week, and fully conscious of throughout my day. Breathe. Release. Focus. It can be as simple as that.