Did last week's post make anyone else think of bras? That's what I thought of when I re-read the last line. That wasn't what I meant. But I hope you all felt supported in every way last week.
Anywho... So, my cousin is in town and I'm having entirely too much fun with her, so this will be a relatively short post. I love my cousin. She's more like a sister really. And she is the inspiration for this post.
Our discussion topic today is "Mixin' It Up!"
I am a finisher. When I go hiking I don't like to stop and rest. I like to march straight up that mountain. I mean, that's where we're headed, why slow down the process? And the sad thing is, once I get to the top, my focus changes to heading back down to the bottom. I'm that way about most other things too. When I'm cleaning my house, I don't stop until I'm done. It doesn't matter if I'm tired, thirsty, or need to go to the bathroom. I just can't stop until whatever I'm working on is completed.
Enter HH. He is a big time break taker. When we hike, he wants to stop and look at a cool bug or mushroom on the ground. When I was in the middle of doing the dishes (back before he started doing the dishes), he'd come up and pull me over to dance. Sounds romantic, right? I can't tell you how many fights this began. Yes, I'm that focused.
But it's not just about hiking or cleaning. When Sweet P was a baby I kept thinking, "Things will be so much better when she can smile" and then "Things will be so much better when she can eat solids", "Things will be so much better when she can crawl, talk, walk, dress herself, etc." Kind of sad, huh?
Okay, so now for the real point of this post. The thing I try to do now is be more like HH. Whether I'm in the middle of something I enjoy, or something kind of tedious, taking a break to find or create joy makes all the difference. Take the hike, for example. Hiking should be fun and leisurely. If you don't take time to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, it's just work. Cleaning is going to be work no matter what, so rely on Disney wisdom: "whistle while you work", "just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down", or "just kiss the girl". Or dance with your husband. Or mop. The point is, you can make even the mundane fun if you try.
And when it comes to however you are making your living, this principle is an ESSENTIAL! I worked some pretty boring jobs before becoming a mommy, but I was still able to enjoy most of them. And the one I couldn't, I quit. But if you rely on the income of your job, I'm not advising you to quit. Unless you can find another job. And I recommend finding the other job first. Because I'm an occupation counselor.
Yeah, anyway... Do mix it up and enjoy the mundane. Especially if you get to do something as fabulous as raise children. Now that I have two, time is flying by so fast. Little M is in the cutest, sweetest stage. And every day I know we're one day closer to losing those adorable traits and words and whatnot. I can't believe I didn't fully see it with Sweet P. Luckily, she's still young, so I get to make the most of it now. And I'm enjoying the day-to-day of my life. Sometimes I get stuck in the rut of thinking that my life is boring because we have the same routine nearly every day of the week. Guess what? If I focus on the routine part, it is boring. But if I spice it up with different things, it's awesome. So, sometimes we make Fruit Loop necklaces, go to a museum, have an indoor picnic while we watch a movie, or pause the dusting to dance the Tango with the love of my life. Or have an awesome relative come visit.
What do you do to mix it up? The thing about mixin' it up, is you have to mix up the mix-up. So, give me some new ideas. What do you do to make your life fun and interesting? How do you remember to mix it up and stay out of the rut?
Have a good mixed-up week!