Two words, my friends: cabin fever!
Alex and Ella have been off from school for six days; we’re starting to drive each other crazy! It’s probably a good thing that we’re all getting back to our routines today. Not much to do outside when there’s 30 inches of snow and ice on the ground from the last three winter storms. But, some notable things have happened during the past week:
- My son lost his second tooth
- We, as a family, discovered our love of Monopoly Jr.
- My daughter is a gamer—we discovered her competitive nature
- I have brought order to the chaos of my linen closet
- You can never schedule enough play dates
- Even with a week off, the house will never be clean
Again, a quiet week. Despite spending so much time together, we’ve had a lot of low-key fun.
I supposed there are always other options and opportunities in life. But the kids come first. Seems selfish to think otherwise. It’s not easy raising a family as a single parent, but I take great pride in knowing I am the last person they see at night and the first person every morning. Me. It's a privilege I don't take for granted.
I’ve sent out submissions to four publications this month, and written a poem a week. Working on poem #3 but I haven’t found a rhythm to my writing. Now that I think about it, I haven’t been doing any free writes. I’ve got to find 10 minutes in my day for journal writing. Easy enough, right?
In truth, I like the months January and February, as we're all recovering from the excesses of the holidays. Everyone is in “pull-back” mode. This is typically when I spend a lot of time figuring out how to live a simpler life.
The thing I keep coming back to? Everything is connected. Exercise is the one thing keeping me on track mentally and physically. Keeps my creative juices flowing and helps to relieve stress during the winter months. It gives me the motivation to eat well, get organized, write consistently, find patience, and seek balance.
The trick is maintaining the momentum the rest of the year.