Keeping Up

As I’ve alluded to in other recent posts, probably ad nauseum at this point, I’ve been a little on the overwhelmed side lately. I’m sorry to bring it up again.

But when I woke up this morning at 4:10 a.m. to the sounds of a windstorm outside my window, I was laying in bed thinking through the various ways I just don’t feel like I’m keeping up right now.

I’m not keeping up…..

  • with my workout schedule.
  • with cooking/ meal planning- this has been WEAK and we have eaten out a lot in the last week… also, most definitely not keeping up with any semblance of macro tracking anymore. ha. Who is not surprised? 🤣 More on this later!
  • with general housework. My bedroom is a mess. Thankfully, Ivan and Ethan cleaned main areas of house on Sunday and the basement, but my room is still a mess (due to piles of my stuff that needs to be put away). Will do “later”.
  • with communicating/ “staying in touch” with family. Work has been so intense and on constant video calls, so when I’m not working, I basically don’t want to talk to anyone, or even really text….
  • with my daily journal pages! Weird, because this is normally a staple. But I’ve just felt so rushed in the mornings.
  • with this blog! I’m still here, but I’ve definitely posted less lately than usual.
  • with commenting on other blogs. I’m still mostly up to date on reading, but I’m really struggling to keep up with the frequent posters and comment as much as I’d prefer to! I’m sorry….
  • with hitting my steps/ closing my Apple watch rings. I’ve kind of pushed that aside temporarily. Sometimes my watch will tell me “It’s time to stand!” and I literally just click it off and ignore it.

But, I’m going to try to look on the bright side.

I HAVE kept up with….

  • my work! haha. Been working a lot and the hours have been full and pretty intense lately.
  • trip planning (kind of!). I think I’m in a “good enough” place re: knowing what we will do, generally, on our Costa Rica trip, which is rapidly approaching! We fly out 2 weeks from Friday! I CANNOT WAIT!! I need a nice, long, sunny vacation!!!
  • running a swim meet?? Despite Asher’s illness, I spent many hours at the pool this weekend, and it went well. I’m glad it’s over. AND!!! We have a NEW VOLUNTEER that is willing to take my place next year!! Sound the horns!!
  • Some walks at least. According to my tracker, I went on intentional walks on 12/20 days so far. I have plans to hit the gym with Ethan tonight, too.
  • I finished the book for the BOBW Patreon book club (book= “This is not a book about Benedict Cumberbatch”)! Score one for me.
  • I’ve showered pretty much every morning! (One of my goals for 2023.) Makes me feel fresher and more put together, which affects my general mood.
  • My kids have not missed any activities, so I apparently have kept up with driving them where they need to go.
BOBW book club pick. Liked it overall!

Hopefully this intense period at work will be easing up soon and I’ll feel like I have a bit more margin back. Also, that big swim meet is over, so that’s a weight off, too.

Hope you are keeping up with whatever you need or want to be! 🙂

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for Ivan taking my van in to get looked at yesterday. Something’s wrong with it and I’m grateful I didn’t have to deal with finding time to take it in.

6 thoughts on “Keeping Up”

  1. Ugh, it’s hard to feel like you are behind in multiple places in life. I would just tell yourself it’s a season – hopefully a brief one! Training a new employee is a ton of work so your schedule is all out of whack as a result. Plus, think back on your days – it’s not like you are being lazy and laying around (not that there is anything wrong with that – we all need that occasionally). You are just trying to jam too many things into a finite amount of hours. And it just doesn’t all fill no matter what you do! I am feeling like that lately with my work travel. And now I have the added guilt of feeling awful that Phil is solo parenting during an epic snowstorm (we may get over 20″ of snow!!). Daycare is closed tomorrow. Hopefully it’s open on Thur or they just have a late start? I don’t think Phil can take the days off so it’s going to be interesting to shuffle things around and keep up with work + the boys. Paul is easy, Will – not so much.

    Hang in there! You are doing the best you can and soon things will normalize a bit at work!!


  2. sorry to hear that you are in an overwhelming stage. sometimes it’s our own idea of what we have to do everyone to be productive that is causing the overwhelm. I like the feeling of not having to do anything for the day when i was sick, just focus on healing and rest. maybe I should carry that way even when not feeling sick.
    hope you feel better soon Kae.


  3. I’m sorry you’re in this period of overwhelm BUT I love that you’ve included a list of what you ARE keeping up with, because it’s so easy to forget or write those things off. You’re doing great, and I hope the busy season shifts for you soon!


  4. If it’s any consolation, you’re the top poster in my Feedly (just in case you’re not posting enough LOL)… I am actually thankful when very frequent posters like you take a day or two off, or I’ll never catch up (brought to you by a comment that is two weeks late).


  5. This comment is so late, but oh, Kae, I feel you. I haven’t blogged in weeks (hoping to remedy that soon) and life is just… spiraling. I hope that you are now on vacation, relaxed, and reminded that these seasons of, well, insanity and overwhelm do pass, eventually.


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