I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. A lot of planning and working in my pursuit of persevering this year. And funnily enough, my efforts to persevere and push through have lead me to do something else. Slow down.
The first two months of 2019 haven’t been what I imagined they would be. We have made some hard decisions about Austen’s medications that have not brought us any relief and have been praying about our next steps. At the same
There have been a lot of doctors appointments, for every member of our family. We’ve also had to cut down on marriage and personal therapy due to our budget. All of these things honestly put me on the edge, and last month I gave in and decided it was time to go on an antidepressant.
And while the antidepressant has been a game changer for me, a reminder from both my nurse practitioner and my therapist have also been a big help-
Slow Down And Take Time For Yourself
It’s not an easy thing to learn as a mom, but I’m trying. I’ve started to learn to say no and not over commit myself. I want to do everything to help out at church and my kid’s schools, but if I do it all I’m taking valuable time away from my kids, my job, and myself. I’ve had to learn to prioritize.
That has meant focusing on only two volunteer opportunities at church. It’s meant being apart of only one Bible study a week instead of two. B
John C Maxwell says:
“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”
Slowing down and saying no has helped me to keep my house cleaner (okay, not right this moment. I have two sick kids, and it’s a disaster-but life happens). It’s helped me to get more hours in at work, spend more time with my kids, and get more time to myself.
I’m learning to love my life the way it is, a lesson I learned from the amazing Alexandra Kuykendall, and her book Loving Your Actual Life. And by taking the time to appreciate the season, I am in now I am also finding that I am slowly starting to make it better.
This might not be what I pictured persevering would look like, but I’ll take it.
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