I woke up this morning feeling more motivated than I have in literal months. Months! I’m not saying that I’ve been a bump on a log for the last however long (hahahahaha impossible with 2 kids) but I just haven’t felt the urge to do… more. Than necessary. For myself. I’m not talking about motivation towards parenting or day-to-day life, I’m speaking to more personal…. extracurriculars? Like writing (obviously), exercising, reading, taking time for myself etc. etc. I just haven’t felt super motivated to do more than just get by.
Does that make sense? Anyone else ever feel this way? No? Just me? Cool, cool. Carry on.
I took a long walk with the kiddos and dogs this morning. (And by long, I mean it took us an hour to go around the block. For reals, I should get a medal every time I take all four of those creatures for a walk at the same time. A medal in the shape of a full wine glass.) And anyways, while we were walking I thought a lot about what was floating around in my brain bag… and I think the reason I feel this renewed sense of energy, oddly enough, is that we don’t have big plans to leave our house for the next few weeks. This summer has been so nuts so far (well, let’s be honest, the past 6+ months have been nuts) that this weekend will only be the third weekend that we’ll be at home by ourselves since we moved into our house in May. Bananatown crazypants. We’ve been so busy making plans with this family, and that family, and friends, and more family. And we really try to make sure things are as equal as possible with each family, which means that we are constantly making more and more plans. Which is not a bad thing at all, but it leaves me feeling spread pretty thin at times. And don’t get me wrong, we’ve been having so much fun and we absolutely LOVE the fact that we get to see our families and MN friends so much more now, but dude. We went from having almost every single weekend to ourselves (in Portland) to having almost every single weekend spoken for here. It’s been a big adjustment.
I swear I’m not trying to complain ::side-eye:: I’m more so trying to talk/write this out so I can work through the feeeeeelings. I think I’ve just been feeling a bit tapped out lately with all travel and plans and oh! I still have to like, parent two small humans on the daily. When I have had a moment of free time lately, I always have some project or chore or just necessary every day thing to do. (Do you hear tiny violins playing yet? I sure do.) But like I said, it’s left me with very little time (or desire) to do more for myself. Which I think is why I’ve been feeling like an old sack lunch lately.
So. I think knowing that I have nothing to pack/plan/shower for for a good small chunk of time is allowing me to come up for air for a hot second. (I said “hot second” to my mom the other day and she’s like… oh is that like, a sale or something? LOLZ) In my head I’ve already scheduled workouts, made playlists, stacked up new (non-parenting) books to read, hired a sitter for date night, updated my headspace app, and made big plans to sit my yard and do NOTHING other than grill, drink wine and play in the pool with my sweet little family as much as possible. It’s not like I couldn’t have done any of this before, regardless of any plans or visitors or trips, but I just feel so much more motivated to do these super vanilla things all of a sudden. Probably because I now have a tiny window of space in my brain to make room for them again.
All that said, maybe this is just a fluke and in 10 minutes I’ll feel like faceplanting into mediocrity or divebombing into laziness. But for now I’m super excited to make the most of this feeling… and make the most insignificant plans as possible for the next few weeks. Cheers to fresh sack lunches!