Busy bee...

posted on: Tuesday, 29 June 2010

In recent months, one could say I have taken on too much. Work-wise I've taken responsibility for things that really aren't my remit, I've accepted too many school-related additions, I blog pretty much every day (which I love, by the way). Trying to cram in extra things, a few weekends away, nights out, days too. Grasping life and saying 'yes' to everything that comes our way. However there seems to be a price. On the one hand, we must live life. Make the most and best of things. Never turn down an invite, always invite people back. Stop caring if the house is a tip. Create the fantastic menu. Make the effort. As it's always worth it.

I have to say to myself 'get a grip Louise; see friends, live your life!' And I do. But sometimes the cracks start to show. Things get overcomplicated. Things get missed along the way. At the moment my brain is so full of 'to dos' that I simply forget stuff.

Prime example yesterday: I told my friend I could not pop round for coffee as I was awaiting a delivery. Half an hour passed, I decided I would pop round for a coffee. I get there and start complaining that my phone is ringing off the hook on my non-working day. I miss three or four calls. We agreed I should cut myself some slack. She eventually picks my phone up and pretends to be my secretary. It's the delivery driver; he's waiting outside my house! Arrrghhhh, I hot-foot it home wondering how my kids ever get collected from school on time with my sieve-like brain...

Life can be so full and lovely. I wish there was a way to fit everything in...

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  1. How this all resonates!! I absolutely LOVE that last quote, "live as though this is all there is" I really get that, I am so guilty of missing the moment while I worry or stress about what MAY happen next. Relax Louise, it seems to me that you are doing just fine. Be kind to yourself.


  2. I completely relate. In fact, I have just made a big decision and decided to work four days a week instead of five. This self imposed 20% pay cut is worth it to me, to as you say, 'live your life'. Can't wait!!

  3. I agree. One of my aims in life this year is to say no more and stop rushing like A Crazy Lunatic from one thing to another. Don't be so hard on yourself. You would probably still be doing just fine if you did only half of what you had to do. The only person who notices is probably you! xo

  4. Totally relate .. have been so "not here" lately .. but last night all of a sudden a walk in the garden and taking a moment to smell the roses. It all became clear and I am here again.. Life is stressful, we try and manage everything and be perfect .. which none of us are. Take time to enjoy things the simple pleasures nothing else matters xx

  5. Lou I love this and you have once again crawled into my brain and echoed my thoughts...as I sit here at 1AM finishing a post, some loose ends from work, drying a load of laundry all the while getting ready for bed. I couldn't say no to the Chef when he offered dinner tonight. When he goes back to work f/t I'll regret it and I know it because too many nights I'll sit alone.

    I think the daytimer page you've included says it all. xo - Carrie

  6. Too true, too true. I always say yes to stuff and then get told off for filling our social calendar to the brim. We now schedule in weekends where we don't do anything... and we're not allowed to deviate from that rule. Since I've been blogging the housework suffers and I often feel I'm not delivering properly anywhere in the area's of my life. But I wouldn't change it. I know I'm just too hard on myself sometimes. I like the idea of your friend picking up your phone and pretending to be your secretary! xxx

  7. Ah Lou there never seems to be enough hours in the day! I must say my little sleepy bear Indi has made it easy for me to say no and I am loving it - she has such wonderful big 2 hours sleeps twice a day at home so if anyone wants me they come to me. I must say I have become so much better at saying no as I just don't want to be stressed out and too busy! Funnily last week we had a bit of political drama in Australia and our Prime Minister was pushed out and we now have our first female PM - my eldest daughter said to me "Mummy why can't you be prime minister" and my answer to her was "Because I would be grumpy all the time" who wants to be that busy all the time - it just makes you angry - saying no is good! Leanne xx

  8. I hear you!

    I fill my days and still feel I should be doing more of everything!!

    I mentioned to my husband the other day that I was thinking of being on our school PSA this September (which is a 3 year commitment) and he looked at me as though I was crazy!!

    I do swing between keeping some time to do "nothing" (whatever that is!) and packing as much in as possible and feeling life is just too short not to do whatever you can.

    Don't be too hard on yourself - as others have said - you ARE doing a brilliant job! xoxo

  9. oh my sweet i soo hear you....thank goodness the people in our lives love us for who we are not what we achieve on a daily basis- that is a measure we put upon ourselves...
    melissa x

  10. How true is this, Lou! I hear you on so many levels. Life is so good and lovely, it is so hard to cram everything in. For me, what starts to give is sleep, and we all know how that ends up.

    Have a great day!

  11. my sweet sis told me... "everyday is truly a gift" and i think of this often... when i rush around and i am overwhelmed... i try to stop and think God thank you for this day... and take a deep breath and calm down... it always works. i just wish i could remember to do it more often! happy to have found you ..
    xx pam

  12. don't stretch yourself too thin sweets!

    adorable pictures xxx

  13. Hi!! I have missed you sweets!! A lot! These words speak to me like always. I am addicted to chaos. I was so relaxed in Hawaii...almost coma like...doing nothing for days.
    I was fine. I didn't die. So in between coma and chaos I must find a place to dwell.
    Love and huge hug Louise!

  14. We were talking the other day about how much we actually cram into each day and we questioned ~ are we actually enjoying life or simply existing? I love this quote ~ it is one of my favorites.

  15. Very lovely post. And a gorgeous blog!

  16. I constantly struggle with this. I like staying busy, because as you said, it's good to be out there living....and yet I'm the type of person who longs for lazy days to just sit and watch a sunset. Not enough time for that type of activity these days. But we all have the same amount of time, right? So I guess it's how we choose to spend it!


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