I firmly believe in parenting that there are seasons to everything. Some seasons or years are being at home (especially, for example, when you have younger children). Some seasons are expansive. Some seasons might be about you and your partner – I have friends who just had the summer of “husband and wife” and traveled.
This time of Michaelmas is a calling back to our inner most selves as we prepare for winter and prepare for rest and being in our homes more.
In my season of having very different things happening – running up to our daughter’s college for varying things this fall, senior year for our middle, seventh grade activities, working, homesteading and running an equine business – I have needed some different tools to keep myself on track. I am trying these out this fall:
- Menu planning. I always was a good menu planner but somehow got off track with moving to the farm last year. Back to planning!
- Blocking out days to be home with a big “X” on my calendar. I usually see patients even on the weekend, so it’s important I garner some time at home.
- Blocking out self-care – I have tried this all different ways. I do better with exercise classes outside the home so it doesn’t get shoved aside and is more treated like an appointment.
- Not scheduling things during our homeschooling hours.
- Making time with my husband a priority. It’s easy to lose each other because we have to divide and conquer so much of the time.
- Keeping to the rhythm of the year. I find it very nourishing!
- My calendar is blocked off into spring and the end of the school year with some things, and I try to schedule out exercise and self care at the beginning of each month.
I would love to hear some ways you keep yourself on track as far as your time!
Blessings and love,