Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hi My name is Mrs. Howard and I am an addict.

It's true. I am undeniably addicted to being busy.


I read some amazing quotes about being busy and they really struck a chord with me last week when I was feeling overwhelmed.
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Busy is a drug that people are addicted to.
It's not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is what are we busy about?
Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life.

I've been so busy. And sometimes I feed off of that energy. In order to feel productive and powerful and important, sometimes I feel the need to just be busy. "Oh, I'm so busy with my littles that I don't have time to work out...Oh, really? You read novels? Not ME. I'm too busy with my kids and job...We're too busy with three kids four-years-old and younger to have time to go out on dates..." Have you ever found yourself saying that? The act of being "busy" isn't important and sometimes I need to remember that.

In honor of that realization this week, I've made an honest effort to slow down and enjoy the moments I have, instead of focusing on all the moments I don't have time to do something. That isn't to say that I'm not busy. I am. But I am going to be conscious about WHAT I'm busy about.

Mr. Howard made pancakes with the twins on Saturday morning and they loved every second of it! Sometimes it's easier to just feed the kids, than it is to have them help. But every now and then, it's important to slow down. On Saturday we vowed to not be too busy to let them help.
We had a "paver" estimate done for our backyard on Saturday and the kids stood at the window for about 15 minutes watching Daddy outside. It's amazing, isn't it? They don't need a lesson on not being busy. They can take so much of their time just staring out a window enjoying the scenery. Of course, I wish they could devote 15 minutes of undivided attention to helping me fold the laundry. ;-) But...alas, until that time - I vowed to let them peer out a window for as long as they needed on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, I prioritized taking care of myself and being good to my body. That's the "too busy for that" I've prioritized out of my life for too many years. I ran/walked 6.09 miles (I do a 1.5min run : 1min walk interval) and averaged a 14.5 minute mile. To date we've only done timed runs (run for 30 minutes one way and then 30 minutes back...45 minutes...and then 50 minutes), but this upcoming weekend, we start distance runs. We'll have to do 7 miles this upcoming Sunday and I'm not as scared now that I've done 6 miles.
On Monday, Isabella had speech therapy. She's been doing so well and it's been awesome to see her progress. It's so nice to devote a solid 40 minutes to absolutely nothing but playing with her and talking to her.
 
How about you? Am I the only one addicted to being busy? Am I the only one who really had NO idea I was even addicted to it?
 
 

2 comments:

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thank you for sharing all about the twins therapy sessions. I have been concerned about my twins speech or lack of. They love to babble but no words. I can get them to repeat mamama, dadada, but they never call for us. We talked to our doctor about at their one year, he said not to be concerned until their 15 month (which is in 2 weeks).

Yes, my name is Amy and I am addicted to being busy too :)

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Admitting it is the first step! 😉I'm so glad you're an advocate for your kids. We had to "fight" our insurance on getting them qualified, but I just knew in my mama heart that their speech wasn't typical. They are doing soo much better since they've been in speech!!! Hoping you get answers!!

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