Pudding and Priorities

That pretty much sums up this evening.

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I made pudding.  Delicious.  Obviously.

Then Steve and I talked about priorities.  Gym.  A clean house.  Running.  A well groomed yard.  Visits to friends.  Computer time.  Visits to family.  Kayaking.  The blog.  Freshly painted rooms.  A big garden.  TV.  Going back to school.

We are on a path to burnout.  We’ve been on it our entire life, but every now and then it’s necessary to stop and reevaluate.  Thank goodness we did.  I felt better even after just talking about it.

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We couldn’t address everything.  But the plan for now is…

Less TV, computer, and phone time and more time really being together.  This is important since time with just the two of us is in short supply.

Freezing the gym membership during the warmer and longer days.  This frees up more time for kayaking, running outside, yard work, and living an active lifestyle.

More nightly light sweeping, wiping, laundering and less single nights of cleaning everything top to bottom.

Acceptance that our house will never be finished.  We’ll enjoy the process.  More outside work in the summer.  More inside work in the winter.  And enjoying it all along the way.

And last but not least, continuing to visit family and friends just as much.  This is too big of a priority to adjust.  Hopefully the other changes will decrease our stress elsewhere and we can kick back and relax when we visit loved ones.

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And now I get to breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy my pudding.

Do you have to stop and take a step back to remember the priorities in your life?  Do you make adjustments to regain balance in your life?

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2 Comments to “Pudding and Priorities”

  1. We realized that we got burnt (and spent) out by the “yes” syndrom, especially with family events. As much as we would love to be able to pop in whenever, we’re not. We are trying to be better about saying no to things – not because we don’t want to see our family & friends but because it’s exhausting and expensive.

    With Brent going back to school it has definitely been an adjustment in our evening togetherness time, and with me probably starting school soon that will change even more. We’re going to have to go with the flow and figure out how to best maximize our time together.

    I like this post – I am always interested to hear how other people manage this kind of thing!!

    • Glad you enjoyed the post. I debated writing it because it can be a little personal. But I know everyone deals with this. I think it’s especially hard in our age bracket when we are taking on more responsibilities.

      I may need you to help me stop the “yes syndrome.”

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