I’m not going to lie, life’s been a little challenging ever since we decided to move. With Mr. Pax gone most of the time for the new job, three kids under five to care for, a kitchen to remodel, a house to sell, a new house in a new city to find and buy, a life to pack… Well, you get the picture.
And while I will survive (and I will be singing that song for at least a week now… 😉 ), I admit that something has been seriously lacking. I’m thrilled to say that the kids are all still alive, the house is set to close later this month, we have found a wonderful new home, and I’ve made
a ton a little progress packing… But it is hard to find time to take care of myself. There have been days weeks that I’ve survived on little more than coffee and diet coke. Literally. Frozen meals are becoming a staple. 8 hours of sleep is a foreign concept. Life. is. full.
So I determined to choose a few small, simple, do-able ways to try to take better care of myself this summer. Step one? Pay someone to paint our new house before we move in. Gasp! I know. It’s the little things. Step two? Accept help. It’s hard for me, but I’m saying yes to anyone who offers to help me pack. Relinquishing control… Gulp. Step three? Drink more water. Again, a small move, but an important one.
See that water bottle on our new island? I found it in the hardware section of Walmart. It’s a Brita filtered water bottle, and I can honestly say that since I started carrying it around with me each day, my water intake has sky rocketed. Having filtered water that tastes good even when it’s room temperature has me drinking so much more.
And when I say carry it around with me, I mean really. As you can see, it can follow me as I cook dinner, fold clothes in our new laundry room…
Stage the living room for its recent photoshoot…
And even as I conduct band practice in the playroom. Side note: the kids love it, too. We fight over it. 😉
My life just doesn’t stop. Ever. And I needed a small way to take care of myself that didn’t require putting life on hold. So now this bottle comes with me. I fill it up each evening and set it by the purse, diaper bags, and backpacks in the mud room so it’s ready to go in the morning.
It’s one of my little ways to survive the chaos. As a side note, thank you to all you sweet friends who have encouraged me, asked about me, and prayed for me during this time. I know you all lead very busy lives, too… Tell me, what’s one little way you can take care of yourself this summer?
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