This month, Covenant has had an amazing sermon series called Insomniac: What keeps you up at night? Each week, Hays has shared common things that we struggle with - our purpose, what makes us angry and this past week the theme was family. When sharing about family, he said that the normal for our culture is to live in a state of being overscheduled, overwhelmed, and over-worked. I couldn't agree with him more. Life as a working mom is so very full. One problem that I continually face is not having enough time to do all the things that I want to do. Between work, family time, and extracurriculars, we always seem to be busy. I like being busy and social and well-rounded but lately I've realized that I might have too much going on in my life right now. The question on where to cut is what keeps me up at night.
When I feel anxious about our schedule, the best thing I know to do is to give myself grace and spend time praying to God. I'm getting better at telling myself that it's okay if I don't get everything done. My to-do list will always be there and what is helping me most tackle my list is to trim it down. When I give myself a whole week's worth of tasks to do just on the weekend, it's so easy to feel defeated. But, if I only give myself a few tasks a day, I feel less overwhelmed and more at peace.
Having a flexible routine really helps during the week. I try to meal plan but if something comes up in our schedule that makes those plans change, I'm trying to go with it and not get upset. Some people ask me how I have time to blog on top of working and being a mom and I tell them it's because I schedule time to do this during the week. But, that time is usually very early, at lunch, or in the evening so again, I have to give myself permission to not accomplish all of my blogging tasks.
I've mentioned exercise before on the blog, but I have to exercise at least two days a week (preferably three) to relieve stress. I never leave the gym feeling bad for going, I always leave feeling better. Since I workout in the afternoon, I try to pack healthy snacks to eat in the mid-afternoon. Sometimes I pack apple slices and peanut butter but on the days that I'm in a hurry I like to pack granola bars.
Over the years, I've tried a variety of granola bars but as I've begun to be more consicious of what I eat, I've realized that many granola bars have a high dosage of sugar in them which defeats the whole purpose of being a healthy snack. Recently, I've landed on ZonePerfect's Perfectly Simple granola bars and they are so good!
These are the flavors that they come in:
• Almond Toffee Crunch • Bing Cherry & Almond • Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk • Roasted Cashew & Dark Chocolate
My favorite is the oatmeal chocolate chunk granola bar. It has just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate and the oatmeal fills me up. I also love that they are high in protein, gluten free and less than 200 calories. You can find them at Target and Publix.
To love the crazy life that we live, I'm praying for God to show me where and how to keep trimming down our busy schedule. I don't think being busy is a bad thing but I don't want to live in a constant state of feeling overworked and not enjoying this life that I've been given. I deeply desire to find calm through the chaos and to celebrate the people, places, and plan he has for my life. My family comes first and living a healthy lifestyle helps me to love them the best that I can.