Out of time. Out of energy. TIME TO REFOCUS!
The Kids. My School. My Job. The Big Move to Cuba! Our House! It's a lot to think about. It's a lot to plan without loosing my mind.
We have a big move coming up in about six weeks and I wish I could say that I can just sit here and wait until the day comes. NOT SO! A lot has to be done in between and with hubby already gone, it's all on me, again!! (not feeling bitter at all). Part of my service to our country, to make sure his family is moved smoothly from the comfort of our home to a foreign country, as long as he is not stressed and can do his job well, that's all that matters. (If you feel a little sarcasm in my *voice* you got it right). Truly, I'm sure he would rather be here helping us get ready but he's not so I must adapt, right?!
Over the next few weeks I have to de-crap my closets. Isn't it amazing how much stuff we accumulate over the years. We have never been stationed in one place more than two years, needless to say, the 'toss-keep-donate' process happens easily and with much, much less hassle. This time we were blessed and stayed here four years -- a long stretch for us. However, I have more stuff to 'store-toss-donate-keep' because during out stay we added a baby and sent a child into the grown up world. He had a lot of
stuff crap in his room. Amazing how much I had to throw away, mostly school stuff.
As I was reorganizing the closets and going through our clothes I realized that half of our clothes would be unsuitable for our new home..ya know... winter clothes in a tropical country, probably a good idea to let these sit in storage until we return to a place with more than one season. Then there are the toys, kids clothes, shoes, old coats, baby items...wow. By the way, if you hate to throw out the stuff you don't use you have a few options. One, of course is your local thrift store. Another option is www.freecycle.org. I offered several items, left them on my driveway and later whomever wanted them came over and picked them up. How cool is that. Recycling is the way to go. I know another option is having a yard sale but to be honest, I hate hosting yard sales, I don't have the patience, it's a lot of work so if I have something worth selling I go for Craig's list, where I sold my Van by the way or eBay.
So finding the time and energy to clean up the house and get it ready for the packers, write my papers for school, get the kids where they need to be on time and still manage to laugh has been a bit of a challenge these days.
Well, a few things help me stay focused regardless of how tired I am or what chores need to get done:
I am keeping my date at the gym constant - it is my place to find sanity and the one thing I can control. I have also added a 2 -3 mile walk at night with one of my neighbors, Maria. We have a chance to talk without kid interruptions and I have a chance to clear my head.
I am going to bed at a reasonable time so that I can be well rested to take on the next day. It's not all that uncommon for me to stay up late and get up super early just so I can catch up, but in the end, I end up so tired that I get less done. So I'm working on 7 hours of sleep being my norm, not four or five.
I am being careful about what I eat and when because I already know that when I'm stressed I could easily breakdown the walls and go for whatever I'm craving - that could be really ugly. So I just don't buy the stuff I know I'll crave and stick with my healthy foods. It's easier to avoid my potential stress related train wreck with food.
Last, but not least, keeping up with my to-do list and calendar. They are my compass right now. I like the idea that I don't have to store anything in my head or try to remember if or when I did something. Just write it down and set a little electronic reminder, done!!
I'm committed to stay motivated and treat myself well because if my (mental, physical, spiritual) health fails I can't take care of my precious little people.