Back to Reality, and Inspiration for Some Change

It’s Monday, so that means it’s back to reality. Vacation time is over, kids are back to school, and my husband and I are back to work. I didn’t even get a work at home day today so it was an extra brutal first day back. It was a little after 5:30 am when I tried to wake up Cecy and I ended up getting her dressed while she whined “I have to sleep!”.  This, from the same (fortunately adorable) little girl who woke up at 2:30 am and needed water and a little back scratching to go back to sleep.  My alarm went off at 3:45 am by the way…

I started my work day with a bucket load of items on my To-Do list and it is going to be a crazy busy few months before we settle in with our adjusted project scope.  End of school year is coming up sooner than I want to admit and there’s a party for my mom (she’s turning 75!) to plan, my son’s First Communion, and both Esteban & Cecelia’s birthdays all before the end of June.  It’s times of year like this that make me so happy that I have running!  If I didn’t have my morning run to de-stress I seriously don’t know what I would do with myself.

The run
Today was an easy 5 mile run, and since our Chicagoland weather is being a little schizophrenic I opted for a treadmill run.  That and I wanted to watch Nashville.   I have some shows to catch up on after our week of vacation, after all.  I set the treadmill for an easy 10 minute pace and kept that up throughout, alternating between -.5, 0, and .5 incline.  I felt like I needed to rest somewhere in the middle there and so I let myself pause, rest a few seconds, and then continue on.  We’ll just call that the equivalent of a water stop.  Feeling good between an easy pace today and getting back to yoga yesterday.

A new start
Being in our condo over vacation, which was clean and clutter-free, and then returning back to home with all of our “stuff” had me thinking about how much it’s gotten out of control.  I used to be so organized – a place for everything.  My house was so clean – I had a schedule for cleaning the various rooms in the house.  Then comes child #3 and the whole thing fell apart.

I’ve been purging off and on but I get overwhelmed, not being able to concentrate on one room because I go to put something away and that room needs to be organized too!  Then this morning I read mile-posts’ blog about minimalizing and was newly inspired.  Maybe I need to just take it one thing at a time.  Clear out and take care of that one room and let the other room some of the stuff my have to travel to wait a little while.  Maybe, just maybe – worth a shot.

I have a few bins in the garage (oh, how I do not want to be the person that makes the garage a dumping post for all the crap I can’t seem to give up!) that have been awaiting my time to sort through before I can put away, give away, or sell.  I’ve decided I need to completely give up on the “sell” part of this.  I have no time for that now and so it will sit there forever.  The Salvation Army is going to love me for all the stuff that I will be donating soon.  Tonight I am going to sit in that garage and go through at least one bin and commit to getting that one taken care of.  I’ll let you know tomorrow how that goes.


–What stress does running help you cope with?

–Have you gone through a purge/organization lately to get your house in order?  I’d love to hear some tips & tricks!


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