Less is more, apparently.

I feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment. I have a few opportunities presenting themselves and I’m trying really hard to be realistic about what I can do. Because realistically, whatever I agree to take on, I have to be able to do it all. It is what it is, and I totally accept the lack of family support, because we moved so far away. Just sometimes it means I have to say no, and I’m not great at that. I have always felt compelled to say yes to whatever is thrown my way, and most of the time I can make it work. But I am starting to realise that there are consequences to this, and those who bear the brunt of them are the two little boys who make the sun shine in my world, and my blood boil, often in the same five minutes. So I’m trying a new strategy. It is intended to bring calm, happiness, balance, excitement – yep not aiming too high then. So here goes.

A little less anxiety.

A little more confidence in my ability to make the right decisions about my kids.

I little less wasting nights watching the TV.

A little more dance classes trying to badly hip hop around to the latest Beyoncé number. (Yes it is as funny as it sounds)

A little less yelling.

A little more breathing, counting, closing eyes, drinking – hell whatever it takes to put out the fire.

A little less focusing on the stupid things I do and say.

A little more positive self-talk.

A little less getting cranky with my husband.

A little more noticing the helpful stuff he does, out loud.

A little less rushing.

A little more slowing down.

A little less checking what my friends are doing on social media.

A little more calling them up to chat and wrapping my arms around them in a long awaited catch up.

A little less scrolling the net for a cheap holiday.

A little more  living in the moment and appreciating what we have right here.

A little less wishing for what I don’t have.

A little more being grateful for what I have got.

A little less scolding.

A little more laughter.

A little less talking.

A little more listening.

A little less frowning.

A little more smiling.

And a lot, lot more kindness.

(Please note the absence of any commitment to drink less wine, I actually really want to be able to achieve some of this!)




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