It's been brewing for awhile; this desire to 'do' less, 'spend' less, 'have' less.
But, it's easier said than done.
The money? She flies through my fingertips, albeit more slowly.
The purging? Is happening, albeit more slowly than I thought it would happen. I reckoned this summer I would get this house whipped into shape.
The reality is that I found a new skill - R E L A X I N G
How? You ask?
By saying "No.":
To continuing to organize the Special Needs preschool playgroup, which only one or two parents were extremely motivated to attend (actually; which they were very avid to have their babysitters/children attend) I told them to exchange phone numbers with the two other parents and continue themselves. They wanted the email group to continue. I told them they were welcome to do that, too.
To the exchange babysitting we had been participating in. It wasn't working out for me, anymore. Many reasons. And we won't be doing it through the school year, either. After more thought, I have decided paid babysitting is not a luxury, it's a necessity to running a household smoothly when the working spouse is gone 60+ hours a week. One of the summer camp counselors is available for reasonable cost.
To so many TaeKwonDo lessons for Oldest every week. He just needs to practice more at home. He set up a mirror in the living room to accomplish this all by himself.
To more volunteering at their schools. It is somebody else's turn for awhile. I won't say I'll never volunteer again; but for now, No.
To get-togethers with mothers whose tales of woe I'm tired of and their cantankerous children. And have you noticed how, so often times, the two go together? Children who are well mannered and whose visits are pleasant? Those will continue. Others? We Are Done.
Saying YES! to:
The continuing purge of stuff and junque from this household. Clicking my heels with each box that goes OUT.
Reading! I've had many books on every horizontal surface for months. I am reading during the day and at night. It. Is. Devine. Like finding an old friend and getting a huge hug.
Keeping the TV off. Turning the radio ON.
Game Night (Wednesday)
Carry-out Night (Friday)
Sleep-in Morning (Sunday)
Buying, this week:
More fabric for Christmas gifts.
An answering machine so I can screen phone calls. (thanks, LC!)
More art supplies when back-to-school supplies go on sale.
And my birthday month is coming up! I'm going to give myself a health workover - professional diet plan/workout schedule. I am excited about this!
How about you? What's on your No/Yes/Plans for Autumn (or Spring for you Southern Hemisphere folk)?