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The day before break!

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So funny how different school breaks feel like now that I’m not teaching anymore. Now it’s like, get all my ducks in a row before break; before, it was, get my ducks in a row during break! It’s really not all that much easier these days. The thing that makes it easier is that I’m happier now, I feel like I’m following my heart now. Before, as much as I loved teaching, I wanted to be home with my kids.

I can’t say I get much more done now, maybe a bit; it’s more that it feels so much better because I’m where I want to be, right now. And nothing beats doing what you what you want to do right now, right now. Which may change back again someday- we’ll see what happens as the kids get older.

Tomorrow is the day before mid-winter recess for lots of schools in the Northeast.

Can I beg you to do something over break? Whether or not you’ll be home with your kids or working, doesn’t matter.

Would you be willing to sign on for FUN? Are you a planner?- make plans for FUN. Or be spontaneous. Setup some playdates. Make a blanket fort and read books with your kids. Have a cake or cupcake decorating party. Eat donuts for breakfast. Have a movie night where you really do it up- popcorn and candy. Make healthy muffins together with new ingredients. Go on a nature hike and make a map. Whatever.

If you think you can’t do this: why? Too busy? Too much on the to-do list? The kids might be off but you’ll be working?

You are the adult, you know… You can actually do this. No one is going to come in and ground you if you didn’t fold the laundry yet.

Give yourself permission to have FUN! Play, be engaged with your kids. Set everything aside and devote your undivided attention to them. Trust me, this can seem like an impossible task. I write about this stuff, and I am a stay at home mom now, and I still find this to be nearly impossible at times. But when I find it’s impossible, later on I always have the same realizations: they were all excuses, and the things I was prioritizing were way less important than having a joyFULL time with my family.

I mean… duh. It really is a no-brainer, yet we so often choose worry and the to-do list over living in the now, all in with our VIPs.

I even have research to back this up: In The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, the 10th guidepost of living a Wholehearted life, as she calls it, is “Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and ‘Always in Control.'”

Brown writes,

We hustle for our worthiness by slipping on the emotional and behavioral straitjacket of cool and posturing as the tragically hip and the terminally “better than.” Being “in control” isn’t always about the desire to manipulate situations, but often it’s about the need to manage perception. We want to be able to control what other people think about us so that we can feel good enough.  (p. 121)

That to-do list is all about staying cool and in control, or at least a lot of it is. You know it is. We can’t avoid some of those things, but maybe, if we’re being really honest, we can find things on the to-do list that can wait so we can cultivate more fun in our lives!

So, I urge you- give yourself permission to have FUN! Next week will go by quick, they all do, so go ahead and release your list and make your priority FUN! If it sounds a little scary, just remember it’s only a week!

Heading into school break like :-D  Give yourself permission to choose FUN next week and have the best week of vacation with your kids! www.theshortesttallman.com

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