My three year old son and I went on an adventure today. Got on
our bikes (yes he is riding one...amazing) and headed out to the grocery store.
What an amazing trip it was heading out on the bike paths, across streets,
waiting for the lights to change and feeling the air on our cheeks. I think we
were both singing at some point and especially loved the stop at the park for
the cookies and milk we bought. Something great happens when you are sitting on
a park bench with the sun on your face, a slight breeze and the wonderful
company of a child relishing the opportunity to be with Mom and have a good time
just being together. I felt lucky today and reminded that it doesn't take much
to "be" with your kids. A simple adventure, a backpack and the sharing of a
smile made my day worthwhile
Easier said than done. I can't believe how many things in life
hook me to think I can single handedly change the world. One day I am wanting to
write letters to the Board of Education, the next championing a huge volunteer
project, and then just the day to day of running a family. I seem to have a very
sensitive barrometer to when I am getting pulled in too many directions. My body
starts to ache, I find myself wanting everyone around me to see that I need some
help and then yelling more and more when that doesn't happen and just general
malaise. The problem is there is a part of me that still thinks I can do it all
and how great that would be if I could. Superwoman is alive and well. If it were
not for the indicators in my life that once again I have taken on too much.
Calgary is a busy place. We are smart, connected and aware of the world around us. We want the best for our
kids, family and friends. We are a city of over achievers, big hearts and lovers of a good time. Sometimes we think we can have it all. But sometimes it is all a little too much.
We forget to eat, spend too much money or get burned out. Our family time is compacted and intense. We eat on the road, cram
one more activity in and hope for the best. We hear ourselves complain, yell a bit more at our kids to hurry up and end up furious with the people we work with or love.
These are all signs that we are doing too much and it is time to get unbusy. To take time to breathe, plan and start to enjoy the simple
things in our life. To begin to like staying at home, to make a meal together, to lay on the floor and read, to garden, paint, and connect with our self so we can stay connected to the ones we love.
Then we can have time to do and enjoy the things we keep meaning to. To eat better, shop locally, help the
environment and finally figure out what it means to live in the moment. To once again find joy in the everyday activities of life.
As part of this process, I created the Unbusy on Purpose Grocery List and Meal Planner to help make the best food choices for our family. To keep us organized, on budget and inspired. To get one more list out of our heads and on the refrigerator door instead. Each year our cooking gets better, our shopping smarter and our meals more healthy.
This is our list and we would like to share it with you. To help take one piece of busy out of your life and inspire many more.
Getting unbusy on purpose has been a process. I'm here to share some of what I have learned and the tales of its making.
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