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Too much

 

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Have you ever had one of those days when you said to yourself “it’s all just too much!”?  You know that feeling you have when everyone and everything is demanding of your time and undivided attention and well it’s just all a bit much?  Well I was/am/have been having one of those days/weeks/months.  With all of those hats I am wearing (wife/mother/business owner/full-time employee/volunteer/friend/daughter/sister…you get the picture) it is/has starting to get to me.  It would be great if there was an off switch or heck I would be happy with a pause button that I could use from time to time, just to put things on hold so I can catch my breath…at least for a minute or two.   Now I must be honest with you and say that I am 100% the blame for this feeling.  You see I am a “people pleaser” …yes I said it…I like to please people.  I also have a hard time with saying the word “no”.  Both of which have caused me to be in this current state of feeling like I am being pulled in every direction at once.  I know what I need to do to prevent this from happening again….but what about now????  I have already done the damage (over committed myself) so I just can’t drop the ball and say “oh sorry guys, but this just isn’t working for me so I’m not going to do it”.  No, that wouldn’t be the responsible thing to do.  So I am just going to have to grin and bear it…at least for a little while.  There is however a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have a trip planned to Michigan next weekend that I am looking forward to.  I will be traveling alone to spend the weekend with my sorority sisters to celebrate our 18th anniversary.  It has been a few years since all 8 of us have been together and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.  Being with them is always fun and we always have a great time.  I think the time away from home and with my girls is just what I need to recharge.

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Reverb 10 Prompt – Appreciate

December 14 – Appreciate

What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

The one thing that I have come to appreciate the most this past year is time.  2010 has been a tough year for those close to me as my loved ones have had to deal with what feel like a lot of death.  It started with the death of my sister’s godfather on Christmas day  2009 and ended with the death of my grandmother’s dearest friend whom I have called my “aunt” my entire life.  Both Sonny and Aunt Lucille were very dear to me and were instrumental in molding me into the woman who I have become.  Losing them has made me reflect on the all the time that I have been so lucky to spend with them…all of the talks that we had…and the stories that they shared with me.  The greatest gift that they shared with me…something that I will cherish for the rest of my life is the gift of their time.

My way of showing my gratitude of this amazing gift, is by giving others whom I love the gift of my time.  It’s when I stop doing whatever I’m doing and fully engage with the other person.  No mutli-tasking…no texting…no checking emails or facebook…it’s just them and me…spending time with each other.

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A big ol’ Thanks!

 Today’s post is a two’fer!

 1) I am thankful for having an amazing friend/co-worker who thought about me enough to buy me some vitamin C and Kleenex!

2) I’m also thankful for a beautiful 81 degree day in November. 

For the month of November I will be posting on the small things that I am thankful for.  Please feel free to join me and share with me those little things that make you say thanks!

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