I can’t remember if I mentioned this last week, but Kevin and I finally got away this past weekend. For, and this is not an exaggeration, the first time since 2007 we took a romantic getaway. And, after reading that, I’m sure you’re not surprised that it was a very needed, pretty incredible weekend for us!
We spent three days away from our son (who still doesn’t have his driver’s license and it’s driving us nuts!), from Tuukka and her constant, “Let’s play with the ball!” and our own analities (yes, this is a Danielle word) on cleaning the house and doing errands.
And what happened, will probably make total sense to you, but, for me, it was unexpected.
I, not only, remembered the incredible person my husband is, I experienced the incredible person he is.
I married Kevin because he was kind and sensitive and caring while at the same time… kind of badass. But when we spend our days working out driving schedules and talking about homework and dealing with getting the garage fixed… well, there’s not a lot of opportunity to experience him as either sensitive OR badass.
But this weekend I got both back. And it was really… glorious!
It reminded me what slowing down REALLY looks like. I spend so much time educating people around energy management. Teaching others to stop during their day, notice when they’re pushing too hard and take a moment to breathe.
But, I realize I haven’t been teaching (or doing), how to do that in a bigger picture way – like how to construct a life that has pauses built in to it so that you don’t always have to rip yourself away from what you’re doing to do a little energy management, but instead those moments are already right there.
So, I’m making some changes…
First, I’m going to stop carrying my cell phone around wherever I go. I don’t need a cell phone unless I’m leaving the house – so the rest of the time? I’m going to leave it plugged in.
Second, I’m going ask people I work with that they all use email instead of texting, calling, or any other method so that I can delineate when I’m working and when I’m not.
Third, (and this is a biggie), we’re going to get rid of the TV trays. Sometimes we have family dinner in front of the TV and you know what? That’s taking away from connection and down time too.
There are more, but you get the picture. What can YOU do to build moments of space into your life so you can CONNECT back in with yourself
Love and Light,
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