Welcome to day one of my 31 Day writing series, 31 Days to a Blissful Fall! Some of you are brand-spanking new to My Blissful Space and I want to say I’m so honored you stopped by! Please connect with me by subscribing to the blog and following me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Google+! (Thanks in advance, and forewarning: I’m a horrible tweeter, but I’m pretty good about regularly posting to Instagram and Facebook!)
This post is the first in a month-long series coordinated (hosted?) by The Nester and participated in by hundreds of bloggers. For us bloggers it’s a writing challenge, a way to better ourselves as bloggers, and also a great learning experience as we delve into topics of interest to us. It’s a little bit of self-therapy that we hope will educate and inspire our readers as well!
My topic choice, 31 Days to a Blissful Fall, was inspired by my chaotic schedule of late. The projects in our home have been dragging on (like our kitchen cabinet painting project, which by the way still is not done), and I have a huge list of other things I’d like to tackle. As a full-time daycare provider, blogger, Jazzercise instructor, mom, wife and someone who’s trying to build an organizing/decorating business, there’s always something that needs to be done, and lately it has been especially overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I feel very blessed. I am able to work from home, I have daycare parents that allow me to squeeze in Jazzercise during the day so my evenings are free (for all the other stuff), I’m healthy enough to teach a fitness class, my family is supportive, and My Blissful Space is growing. Things are good!
Busy is busy, however, and stress is stress, and lately I feel like my shoulders are in perpetual knots. I’ve been overwhelmed and tired, feeling constantly behind and not able to relax and enjoy the things I’d like to. I have been feeling a great need to step back, take a deep breath, yet still get a few things knocked off my to-do list so I still feel accomplished. It’s hard for me to relax when I know there’s a huge list of things not completed, can you relate?!
So this series will be about enjoying this beautiful season by finding some balance. It will be about foregoing the large, never-ending projects and home renovations for small, achievable organizing and decorating projects. It will also be about simplifying things overall so that we can take a breath of cool fall air, spend time with loved ones, and just reconnect to what’s really important to us. Let’s get the stress and chaos under control so that we can sail smoothly into the holiday season relaxed and ready to go, ok?!
As an organizer-at-heart it’s tough to not start off with a to-do list, but I decided that this month that might be counter-productive to what I’m trying to achieve. I have a good list started of topics that I’d like to cover in this series, but I’m going to try to really go with the flow and tackle actual “projects” as I see fit, What I don’t want is a list that’s going to make me feel like I failed.
Instead of a to-do list, then, let’s think in terms of priorities. What’s your vision of a perfect (or nearly perfect) fall? What is your body telling you it needs right now? What activities would you like to do with your family or friends? What makes fall “fall” for you? Here are some of the priorities I want to be sure to embrace this October:
- Quality time with my family (without a phone, a computer, or a TV)
- Taking time to enjoy the outdoors: Walks, pumpkin picking, and just sitting outside with a beverage and taking in nature
- Fall fun: Again, pumpkin picking, but also making caramel apples, dressing up with Faith for Halloween, jumping in leaves, etc.
- Taking care of myself: Healthy eating (back on the diet!), exercise (Jazzercise, walks, yoga), time to recharge (walks and yoga fit in here, too as does a hot bath or a cup of tea), and time for fun
- Doing things that will directly grow my business and/or be profitable and avoiding time-robbers.