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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Finding my Zen - Jamie

I am feeling overwhelmed by chaos this past month. Medical issues prevented me from attending my planned trip to Atlanta which I was disappointed about, but the issues have been resolved and I am finally feeling much better than I have been in a long time, at least physically.

The summer has rapidly dissolved and I can't believe school is less than a month away. My oldest has so many things to do before he leaves for college next week it's making me twitchy to think about it. He and I have a VERY different sense of priorities and time management. I'm doing my best to keep my mouth shut because it is time for this little bird leave the nest and I am constantly reminding myself it will all work out just fine.

I feel bad for my youngest because the learning curve of sending our oldest off to college means that school shopping for the youngest has sort of gotten lost in the shuffle which is fine with him. He'd prefer to ignore it forever. Unfortunately, ignoring it doesn't mean that school won't eventually start anyway. On top of all the school stuff, he's been practicing his driving all the time as he has his driving test next week and is really nervous about it.

Then there are the usual stressers of life - car repairs, ants invading our house, trying to get our yard work done, household repairs, etc. The fun never ends, does it?

Through it all I've been doing my best to take deep breaths, keep my faith and trust that things will work out the way they should. Right about now though I'm also ready to let Calgon or a really good book take me away from it all for a while. Or maybe even my trusty little Outback for a long weekend getaway to someplace nice and peaceful. That sounds really nice right about now.

What's your favorite escape when life gets too hectic?


  1. Keep focusing on that last paragraph when it gets too much, Jamie. Otherwise, one step at a time.

    I'm doing what you did awhile back--dealing with home remodeling, still. You're right, the fun never ends!

  2. Thanks Stacey, I'm trying my best, but it isn't easy. Good luck with that remodeling - it's tough to get through, but so worth it when it's all done. Anxious to see how it all turns out.

  3. Jamie, you are handling everything like a trooper...much better than I would! And before you know it, life will settle down and you'll be able to get back to your normal routine. :-)

    I've been pretty stressed lately, too, though I've been trying not to think about it too much. So much going on...no huge life changers like you, but the hubby changing his workshift after all these years has taken a bit of a toll. And my writing, as usual, is what falls by the wayside. Looking forward to that first week of September like nobody's business...LOL

    1. Thanks Donna. Sometimes even little things can lead to big stress and you and I are alike in that it is usually our writing that suffers for it. Hope we both get back on track soon.

  4. My sure-fire stress reliever is putting about 50 miles on my rocking chair. As long as I'm rocking back and forth, life is good. I'm also helping a friend de-clutter her house, throwing stuff away is SO much fun! Yeah, my de-stressing tactics are a bit weird, but they work for me.

    1. I love decluttering - feeling organized calms me so much. I really need to find a place for a rocker and invest in one again. I loved rocking my kids when they were little, wish I still had that rocker.