Thursday, October 8, 2015

Stopping the Chaos and organizing my life

My life has been an organizational train wreck.

I have been unprepared and running around like a chicken with my head cut off ever since we returned from our vacation in Newfoundland at the end of August. School started and with that came the craziness of trying to get the kids into an earlier bedtime routine, packing lunches, getting things ready for the next day, cleaning the house and trying to get my workout and business power hour in.

I have felt so out of control. I can't seem to keep on top of anything and that in turn makes me feel like I'm breathing through a straw, running a marathon, with an elephant sitting on my chest. You're trying to imagine that now aren't you? It sucks.

I've tried Cozi, Google calendar and ziplist. My phone calendar is alright but I write faster than I type. I needed something that I could see my family schedule and my beachbody schedule at the same time. Something I can flip open and quickly know what everyone has on the go all week in one glance.

A friend of mine showed me her planner. She said it changed her life. I wanted one. I NEEDED one! And I can write it off as a business expense so why not? She gave me her referral code so I got $10 off my purchase and she earned a $10 credit to use on her next purchase.

There are few things in life that make me giddy. I soak up moments and memories and have a goofy grin on my face taking in my kids experiencing life. Material items are not so much my speed- but fabric and paper make me giddy. I have been waiting since I clicked submit for my order to arrive. At first I thought I was having a panic attack, then a friend pointed out that panic and anticipation/excitement can feel very similar (and let's face it I'm used to being panicky). I couldn't keep myself from checking the fedex website 9,000,000 times a day to find out where my package was.

It finally arrived yesterday and I'm already feeling more organized . Just looking at it makes me happy.

I spent some time last night filing in October and organizing the rest of this week. It's funny how I feel so much lighter this morning. Way less stressed. I've laid out all of our family activities, hockey practices and meeting and all of my business related tasks. I've broken it all out in manageable chunks and I don't feel overwhelmed this morning.

I really love the positive energy that radiates from my book. There are motivational sayings and places for my to write my own thankful thoughts each week. I like that there is a spot for goals and a place to write notes (re LISTS!!!) on each side of the week's days and spaces for notes under each day. I'll probably use those spots to write in the meal plan and my workout schedule. 

I wish I could tell you this is a sponsored post but it's not. I spent my own money and theses are my honest first impressions. I'll report back at the end of the month to see how it goes- I'm still in the honeymoon phase with my new planner.

If you want to check it out for yourself you can follow this link and you will get $10 off your first order:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

And then there were 2..

Earlier this month my kids went on their annual vacation to Newfoundland.

My mom actually came up over the long weekend at the beginning of the month for a visit before taking the kids back to NL with her. It was great having her here, especially because G was working ridiculous hours and I came down with strep throat and could barely keep my eyes open, let alone have the ability to care for the two littles! Thankfully Mom was there and stepped right in.

And then they all left. G was at the office working and I was on the couch, too hot to sleep, to cold to warm up and it was just too quiet. Now there are a few things I am not used to:

  1. Being so sick that I had to miss work
  2. Being in a quiet house without and children
  3. Sleeping for longer than a couple of hours at a time
I couldn't take the quiet and I was far too hot to get much sleep, so I turned to Netflix. I finished watching the Friends series and followed that with Pitch Perfect. I laughed so much I was in excruciating pain! But it was worth it.

And now I'm addicted to Nashville but without the time to binge watch, I'm going a little nuts trying to not look up online what happens next!

Gordon and I went on a date every night. It was refreshing to just be able to head out after work where ever tour mood took us. We had fun and reconnected and slept through the night. Gordon was even able to get a lot of work done on our kitchen and it is almost finished! 2 years and the end is in sight! I have cupboard doors!
It's a funny thing when you have little kids. You get in a place where everything else takes up every moment of your time- your kids, your work, the upkeep of the house..everything. And you crawl in bed at different times of night depending on when AA2 wakes up and how long it takes to get her to settle back down. And out of sheer exhaustion you realize that the only conversation you've had in two days was over daycare, lunches, what's for supper and a quick review of the day.

My parent's give us the most incredible gift every year. We have a full week to focus on each other. Nothing else needs out attention outside of work. It's amazing.

As much fun as it was to be DINKS, I really missed my kids and was happy to get on the flight to NL to see them. They greeted us at the airport with so much excitement, and it was just so great to grab onto them. Refreshed and ready for another 51 weeks!