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Breath, Lindsay.

The show is over.

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Ahhhhhhhhh……that feels good.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love doing these shows.  Like LOVE.

But PERFORMING IS A LOT OF HARD WORK!

After you’ve put in a solid 2 months of rehearsal (with the last 2 weeks going EVERY SINGLE DAY), that Sunday curtain call is a welcome sight!

As the curtain closes, it’s so easy for me to start making the next to-do list. 

To refocus that energy.  To try and fill that open space.

And if I’m being honest, to overschedule myself and our family.

I like, no love, to be on the go.  I’m a stay-at-home mom who is NEVER home.

And while sometimes that’s ok, my family needs a break from obligations right now.

We need more time cuddling and less time sprinting to the next “thing”.

We need an internal focus.

THE PLAN THAT’S NOT A PLAN

– Say no.

If it takes me away from the house and it’s not beneficial to our family, I need to SAY NO to it.  It’s at the top of the list because it will require the most effort, but I’m determined.

– Work on Summer Bucket List.

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This lady’s crazy…she just said she wanted to slow down.  True. 

But I chose my bucket list because all of the items are things that we WANT to do, not that we HAVE to do.  And if some of them go unmarked, that’s totally cool.

– Eat more.

Plain and simple.  I want to add more muscle to my frame.  Muscles need fuel.  I know that I’m not eating enough calories right now (I’d guess I average 1,400/day) – time to refocus on proper fueling.

– Be PRESENT!

This was my New Year’s Resolution.  One that I’m still working on.  I’ve gotten pretty good at changing Clara’s diaper with one hand, while looking at Instagam with the other.  Sad. 

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I’ll never get these years back!  I stay at home with my kids because I don’t want to miss anything.  And lately, I’ve been letting social media and other “outside” influences get in the way.

If you see less of me on Facebook or Twitter or whatever, it’s because I’m choosing family over self promotion.  I might lose out on a business opportunity, but I’ll be gaining something of far greater value.

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So that’s the plan that’s not a plan because if it were a plan, that would mean that I’m scheduling and planning and that is the opposite of saying no to planning, which is what I wanted to do in the first place.

phew.

Who’s with me in needing to SLOW DOOOOOOWN??

QUESTION:  Give up one thing that’s taking you away from what’s important.  Leave it in the comments – leave it there and walk away!

P.S.  I’m guest posting on Mom365 today with a Summer Fitness Challenge for you guys!!  (plus TONS of giveaway prizes)  Go check it out!

splendid…lindsay

  1. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says:

    As I found myself a few weeks ago, standing in my new living room, surrounded by boxes, I turned to my roommate and said, “Rach, when school is out I’ll finally be able to slow down and get settled a bit.” She turned right back and said, “Sarah, you never slow down.”

    And she is RIGHT. I have NOT STOPPED MOVING. Some of it is due to circumstance (who could have predicted this nut butter situation???) but most of it is because I like to be busy.

    I don’t, however, have a family to spend time with. This may or may not be because of the aforementioned “never slowing down.”

    I realize I didn’t give anything up just now….

  2. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says:

    I’m beginning to slowly follow the “no plan” plan. Social media sucks you in and really sometimes I’d rather be spit back out. I don’t want to miss out on the fun with my family and friends just because I feel like I need to keep up with the blogging “Jones'” out there. Thank you for the reminder to SLOW DOWN!

  3. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says:

    It’s always such a weird feeling when you’re used to being so busy and having a million things going on at once and then all of the sudden having a big block of free time open up in your schedule. But yes- you deserve a break- and time to relax and just enjoy what’s going on around you.
    And eating more? I WISH that was my problem. Seriously- how do you do it? I wish we could swap eating habits! :)

  4. corrie anne says:

    Congrats on the shows being over. Looks so awesome, but I bet you’re definitely ready for a breather. It’s crazy sometimes how often we have to recommit ourselves to being present. But so important.

  5. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    I’ve been feeling the pressure recently because I haven’t been around FB, twitter, blog comments – life is so full and I’m trying desperately to balance. I’m not sure I have anything I can leave here now, but I need to ADD back in consistent quiet time. I’m sad to say it’s slipped off the list too often recently and that’s one thing I NEED in my life every day!

  6. Katie says:

    Summer is always a good time to do this! Well, since my mama died, I’ve been forcing myself to chill on a lot of things, too. The first thing to go was blogging every day, and surprisingly, I survived. ;-)

  7. Harold says:

    It has taken me a year to finally slow down and smell the roses and figure out what is important – family, friends and my health my focus is those three :-) Glad you are slowing down too, the kids are only this age once and as they grow, you will realize how fast it goes, so just enjoy it while you can.

  8. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss says:

    I’m right there with ya, love. I love being on the go and have always worked better that way. I’m going to go into a depression when my show is over! Fortunately, I’ve still got some time. :) Our opening night isn’t until July 13.

    I wish I could have seen you in action!

  9. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy says:

    I love this. I am trying to do the same thing this summer – just slow down and make sure that my time with my family is quality. And by quality, I mean actually being present rather than multitasking on my computer and phone while spending time with them.

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) says:

    i have to be really careful to not let blogging and social media get in the way of me spending really quality time with Wes…he’s grown so much over the past 4 months and i just can’t let myself lose out on any of that!

  11. Erin says:

    I’ve been feeling this way a lot lately. Summer for us = 4000 events which = me being exhausted & grumpy most of the time. I’m going to concentrate on adding more ME time (and date time!) back into our summer so it’s less about obligations and more about nourishing my/our life. :)

  12. Jess says:

    YES. Live LIFE vs. letting those moments slip by due to TOO much of everything. It happens to me often and I’ve been trying to become more aware of it and to become as present as possible these days. It’s about a more mindful intentional approach to the everyday. SO hard to do but SO worth it…so my “item” to give up lately tends to be blogging and uber-connectivity. Living the moments around me vs. missing them entirely.

  13. Missy says:

    I’m having to stop reading/being on computer at home so much at night. I need to rest and have family time.
    Girl how on earth have you functioned in so few calories with all of the workouts that you do multiple times a day? I can barely get in my walks on that amount!! Hope you can up the cals for your muscles! (even though your muscles look darn good to me!)

  14. Kelly says:

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!

    I am kind of the exact opposite. I hate to be on the go. I love to just be chill. I am such a homebody. I am definitely a social bug and love people but I am definitely an introvert in that I recharge and renew my strength by being alone. I crave my house. I crave having nothing on the schedule. One of my new year’s resolution was to actually go out more! ha!

  15. Siobhan @ SiobhanMcCarthy.ca says:

    I’m all about shutting the phone off and being with the people you are with! I find it difficult sometimes because I work from my phone but I really do love shutting it off and not using it when I’m with friends and family. The problem arises when the people you are with are constantly on their phones.

  16. Megan says:

    I love this post on so many levels! I have to work on saying no, prioritizing and not getting too caught up in social media/work as well. I want to enjoy time with my husband and my family – and not be always with a laptop/phone in hand. Thanks for the wonderful reminder!

  17. Jenn says:

    Ha. This was what church was about yesterday, putting God before those crazy no stop things. Mary 1st, Martha 2nd.

    And yes, 1300 isn’t even maintenance! Girl, EAT!

  18. Miz says:

    Im actually doing ok here right now.
    ONLY BECAUSE Im up at 4 working and then I can be present with my girl all summer.
    she’s only 6 once :)

    xo

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