We all go through periods of stress and I think it is important to have ways to deal with our stress.
I have 2 primary ways of coping when I’m stressed.
My #1 choice is probably not a surprise to anyone –
Actually any form of exercise/sweat usually helps reduce my stress!!!
My other stress coping strategy is reading!!!
I have loved to read since I was young – I used to spend hours reading!! Lately I get most of my reading done between 11:00pm and 3:00am – when I can’t sleep I read because it shuts my brain off!!!
I like all types of books as long as they are fiction. I read to escape and lose myself in the book!!
And…..I actually know an author whose book is currently in the Top 100 best sellers at Amazon!!!
SLICK (A Standalone) by author Kristi Pelton Cover Design by: Sommer Stein of Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Synopsis: People float in and out of our lives and when you least expect it one person changes everything. Tessa Ashby was abandoned in an East Coast boarding school, merely existing, never truly feeling loved. Before fulfilling obligations her father has sentenced her to, she escapes and breathes eight weeks of freedom in southern California. Bodhi loves: his music, his body and his buddies…the order is debatable depending on the day. His past taught him to be selective with the people he trusts. Bodhi doesn’t date, and he was lucky if he remembered a woman’s name. He was alone in a world of people. All that changed when an innocent, brown-eyed, smart mouthed beauty shows up on his doorstep.
Are they answers to each others prayers or will manipulation and deception destroy them?
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I love blogging – everything about it but especially all of the incredible people I have “met” through blogs!!!
However, lately I have been feeling stress instead of joy when it comes to blogging. Mostly because I am trying to cram it in to a short amount of time that really should be spent with my family or going to an activity with the boys.
Last week we had events 4 days in a row at our venue. This week we have 6 straight days of events. That means I will be cleaning, setting-up and ironing table cloths for hours every day.
When I come home I just want to spend time with the boys!!! Instead I feel like I need to sit down and catch up on blogs. But blogging is supposed to be a hobby!!!
I am going to give myself the permission to take a small break. I might still read blogs when I have time and I will probably do my 45 recaps but I’m not sure how much else I will do for awhile.
I want to enjoy the month of December instead of turning into a stressed mess because I haven’t even thought about shopping – I still have 2 weeks to get it all done!!!
I know this isn’t really a big announcement worthy thing. I just thought that writing it down would help keep me accountable to myself. Otherwise I end up just going along exactly the same way and not really making a change.
Do you ever put things in writing and share them with others to help you stay on track?
Chris and the boys know that I thrive on organization. So it makes sense that when things aren’t organized, I start to deteriorate!!!Lately I’ve felt like I’m running around without any rhyme or reason. My desk (dining room table) is a mess – covered in stuff I need to take care of. I have little piles all over the place (something that I hate since I think everything should have a home!!!).
In the past couple of weeks, several amazing bloggers nominated me for the Liebster award. I had every intention of sharing the fun of those questions but I feel like it is just one more thing I have let pile up and become a source of stress which is the opposite of what it should be.
Sometimes we get so caught up in everything going on around us that we lose the joy in life and I feel that happening in my world.
I’m going to slow down (semi-forced anyway!) and spend today (after my root canal later this morning) getting organized and making a plan so that I can enjoy the upcoming days!!!
I do choose joy!! I would rather spend an evening at home playing a game with my family or even watching a DVR show together than have to spend that same evening being cranky because I’m so behind!!! (which is how last night ended!!!)
Does being disorganized cause you stress? Have you ever had a root canal? (this will be my 2nd this year) Ever have a forced “slow-down” day? (mine is today and tomorrow – I’m supposed to limit activity since I have stitches in my arm)
Today I combined the daily challenge for #happyfitmarch with my 44. The challenge today was to see how many burpees we could do in 2 minutes. I added in my BOSU to make the burpees more “fun.”
I got 25 in 2 minutes and then kept going until I finished all 44. These were hard – a push-up on the BOSU and then a jump while lifting the BOSU overhead!!!
I ran again today – if my Achilles will hold up, I’m going to try and get 5 days in a row!!! Today was 1.5% incline – 8 miles in 61:24 and then 0.8 miles nice and easy!!
I have so many things floating around in my head that I want to write about but I don’t even know how to put them all down. Just a few random thoughts:
* I’m happy that we had a nice 70+ degree day yesterday!! Almost beach season!!!
* Tonight we are “hosting” an event but the person in charge hasn’t even contacted me in weeks. I’m a bit stressed about set-up times and what she is planning since she is emailing all of the vendors that will be coming, yet she hasn’t touched base with me.
* Jordan leaves on a band trip in 2 days. I’m trying not to have a melt-down about it but it is hard to send my 15 year old across the country with 200+ kids.
* I’m struggling to fit in the time I really want to spend blogging and all the other things that are going on. It is hard for me to mark tons of blogs in my BlogLovin as read at the end of the day because I simply can’t get to all of them.
* I guess the underlying theme here is STRESS!!! Gotta work on letting that go a bit!!!
Thankfully next week is spring break and after Jordan gets home from his trip we have a fairly low key week planned!!!