For the last few months, I’ve been participating in Which Name’s A Step Toward Balance. It’s an attempt to be mindful by focusing–a bit more–on one aspect of life. The first month I chose meditation. The second and third months, sleep. Meditation is going well, but I’m still working on getting to bed earlier.
For June, I’m going to focus on not over-committing myself and my family. This is the last summer before we enter the school years. Bennett starts kindergarten in the fall and I’m already getting anxious about the schedule that we will now be living by, not to mention the addition of PTA meetings, fundraisers, and the like to our lives.
Despite the carefree feelings that summer generally brings, we’re already finding much of our time scheduled this summer. I’m going on a 4-day yoga retreat in June, followed by a week-long family trip to Ashland, and we’re planning on spending 2 weeks in the midwest this August. Then…there are the weekends that we’re “home.” Those weekends are quickly filling up and I’ve already found myself having to say no to a few activities.
So…for June (and the rest of summer, really), I hope to continue saying, “no.” Before saying yes to dinner invites, parties, and yoga sub opportunities, I intend to review our family’s schedule and really think about whether or not we have the time and energy for the activity. I wrote about this a bit here, but in terms of my family’s weekend rhythm. It’s now time extend this mindset to the rest of the week.