We often hear the words “take time out to smell the roses”, but seriously, how often do we actually do this? You don’t have to be a parent to be busy – pre-baby I was constantly busy, it’s just a different busy now. I find that life gets frantic – catching up with people, running around organising family events and birthday’s, house work, entertaining friends – and then I just fall into a heap and feel overwhelmed with what’s on my plate, or all the balls that I have in the air. So I take stock, smell the roses, rest and relax. Then, before I know it, the cycle has started again. Over the years I have got better at identifying when my plate gets too full and I can manage my stress levels better, but I do still have those moments where I want to scream (and sometimes my poor husband cops the tornado that is me at this moment), then crawl into bed in the foetal position and stay there until all of the madness has passed. I know that I am not alone in this. I know that I am not the only person who finds themselves trying to do it all and then wind up feeling like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.
This Easter long weekend has allowed me to take some time to rest, catch up on some missed sleep and literally smell the roses! I am enjoying just being with my family, taking pleasure in the home that we have made for ourselves (and looking past its imperfections) and loving the life that we have made together in our little family unit. I don’t do it often enough, and I know that I need to do this more in order to remind myself that I don’t have to do it all!
I hope that you all have a wonderful Easter, whether you are spending it with family or friends, or just having a ‘me’ day. And if you can, take some time out to smell the roses – or just have a good look at these gorgeous roses I bought at our local farmers market instead!!