Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's been a week!

I haven't written in a week. What's been going on? Not sure. Still pondering this whole burnout thing, how to get downtime, what to insist on, what will we change for after Christmas...

The poor 15yo is having little panic attacks. She feels so far behind and just does not have the energy lately to get herself going more. We all just need a really good break! Yet she doesn't feel like she'll get the break she needs this Christmas because she'll be doing lots of diving training.

I've decided to read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"--again. I need some inspiration and guidance to get back on track. That and more sleep. ;)

I still haven't finished my Christmas shopping. argh. I hate that it's not done.

We're having our first meeting with our facilitator next Tues. I'll have to collect the things the kids have done and figure out what else we've done that we might not have actual stuff to show for.

We have a very busy week next week. I hope to still do a little bit of work with the kids Mon and Tues mornings, but Monday afternoon is park day--one we don't want to miss as it'll be like a little "holiday" party; Tuesday afternoon is our facilitator meeting; Wednesday--Millennium Place; Thursday--Christmas party; Friday--actually, Friday, nothing scheduled. I've even told the two oldest they don't need to come that day if they don't want to. But that'll probably be a day for me to get all the house cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping done. Saturday evening we're going to my mom's and opening gifts (an early Christmas eve) then sleeping over. Christmas Eve will be our Christmas Day with my mom--brunch and turkey supper. Then we go home, wake up Christmas Day, have stuff under the tree to open, then head to dh's parents' late afternoon. Of course, Boxing Day will probably involve getting out and taking advantage of sales on things we had asked for Christmas and didn't get but really want. lol. Then it's relaxation time. *ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh*


Pam said...

That is so funny Daisy! I have 7HOHEP but keep thinking I need to read 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families again to get on track with my life! I find I do soooo much reading and then nothing gets carried through since I am the only one reading and need support to carry everything through. Like *our family* should take a course, or read a book, or decide to make major changes. Not just me!

Christmas is such an intense time...everyone SO busy...the beauty of this time is so lost I feel. But your Christmas weekend sounds lovely. Quiet and enjoyable. Those are times to treasure!

Correne said...

Oh, Daisy, don't be so hard on yourself. You set such a high standard for yourself, and you are an inspiration to all of us because you achieve so much.

Perhaps when you're feeling tired and ill and burned out, you don't need to read a book on being more effective. Maybe something more peaceful might soothe your spirit a little. May I suggest Eckhart Tolle's "Stillness Speaks"? It's short. You might also try his book "The Power of Now."

On the other hand, one of my favourite books on effectiveness is "The Power of Focus" - it is GREAT, very practical.

Take care!

Daisy said...

Am I being hard on myself? I don't think so. I just know that how my daily life was organized before worked better than it has been the past few months. I have great plans, but no follow-through!

7 Habits is a book I do find peaceful. lol. Why? Because it kind of reorganizes my thoughts to be more focused on what's important to me rather than having my thoughts scattered everywhere. I come out of reading it feeling capable and inspired.

But you're right: I need to find myself something more spiritual to read, too. hm... I know--I have a Deepak Chopra someone passed on to me and I haven't read it yet.