For the last few weeks, I have explored a “pre-COVID” schedule of three busy weekends of travel in a row. This exploration felt like an episode of Survivor. I survived but my body kept the score. Crazy schedule 10 Katina 0. The malnutrition of three road trips, the lack of sleep, and my attempt to keep doing everything else (work, blog, create on social media, handle décor clients and exercise) wore me out.
We went on a college tour for my daughter three weeks ago. That was a lot of fun but it was a quick trip with lots of time in the car. The very next week, my husband and I went on a camping trip and connected with other RV couples who have YouTube channels. We were so excited to meet everyone. There were lots of late night chats around the fire and days chalked full of activity. While camping, I went live abut my 10 Day Declutter Challenge AND deep cleaned our RV. You can watch our latest video HERE.
My children’s Great-Great Aunt on their Father’s side passed and her funeral was the week after our camping trip. Their Father could not attend the funeral and the girls really wanted to go so…..go go gadget Mommy. I took the girls to the funeral six hours away. It was nice to see family and celebrate their Great-Great Aunt. She was the Matriarch of their family and was always very nice to me, even after my ex-husband and I divorced. I underestimated some of the emotions I felt during the trip but I made it through and my Tarheels beat Duke.
For some strange reason, I expected my husband to have dinner ready to welcome me back from my travels.
I think I was a little delirious.
I did not ask him to have a meal prepared or purchased. It was an expectation that was NOT communicated. Ooooof
So I sulked and went to bed without dinner.
Monday came like a “wrecking ball” and my daughter had an academic banquet.
I muddled through the week tired all the way down to my bones.
Class…what did we learn?
- Self -awareness and self-care are essential.
- It’s ok to take a breather.
When things get overwhelming, I don’t need to try to fix things on my own…I need to consult a professional…God.
Today’s post is part of a weekly blog link up called Five Minute Friday. Christian writers from all over the world share their thoughts on the same one word post. Today’s word prompt: Explore.
Heather Knowles says
How true about unspoken expectations! Thank you for reminding me about that. Sometimes I almost expect God to work, or move, without actually communicating with Him – whoops!!
Just stopped by from FMF #18
All the time!!! I do it all the time…forget to ask! We have not because we ask not! Lord help us!
Oh my, you have had a very exhausting schedule! Glad you had the family time and hope you can rest and recharge. My grandson is also looking at colleges and my daughter’s schedule is so busy (he is the oldest of 6 children). I am looking for opportunities to help.
Awww I bet your daughter appreciates your help!!! Thanks for stopping by!
Barb Hegreberg says
It is fine and dandy to go exploring BUT, my friend, you mut take time to recharge your batteries. Otherwise, you will be of no use to anyone.
From one who has spent far too much time burning the candle at both ends.
You have a beautiful family BTW!
You spoke nothing but facts!!! Rest is necessary! I’m learning to shut it down sometimes.
Great lessons learned! Just breathe.
Wooo sah! Breathe. Yea!
Regina Shea says
I’m sorry about the loss of your children great great aunt. She sounds like she was lovely lady.
Your schedule looks so exhausting.😯 Don’t forget to make time for the Lord in your busyness. This is a reminder to me also. I found your blog via Five Minute Friday.
Thank you for the reminder!!!
So beautifully spoken, I appreciate your recent exploration. The reason I need God? Because every time I tried to do life on my own, I failed. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.