Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time. Precious Time.

Before I worked Monday through Friday, I was a time waster.  I'm admitting it.  I blogged and cleaned and did my errands, but I sat on Facebook.  I went to the mall just to see what was there.  I sat on my deck when it was sunny and I sat inside in a chair by the window when it was cold.

I got a lot done, but I had so much free time once my kids were in school I didn't appreciate all the time I had to waste.  It was glorious.

I work now, and I budget my time so efficiently I can tell you exactly what I am doing from 6:35am until I leave the house at 7:25am.  It's the same story when I leave work at 4pm.  Give me any day of the week and I'll give you a rundown of exactly what is going on.  Every. single. hour.

I'm not complaining.  Working just means prioritizing.  It means being organized.  It means occasional dirty floors and laundry piling up.  

This morning I awoke to the blissful 2 hour delay call.  Even more blissful?  The call at 7:45am that the school I work for was closing for the day.  I spent the morning snuggled in with my babies, all of us in my bed.  There was no hurry.  No rush.  

When I dropped my kids off at school I went straight to the mall.  I returned, I shopped and I grabbed groceries on the way home.  I stacked my gifts, counted and made lists.  I swept, vacuumed, did four loads of laundry and framed pictures.

I topped off my productive afternoon with mailing my Christmas cards.  

All of this wonderfulness had me realizing that I wouldn't even know how wonderful the day was if I wasn't working.  I wouldn't appreciate the free time.  I wouldn't relish every minute of driving my kids to school and picking them up.  

There was so much magic in today because I appreciated it.  I appreciated the opportunity to spend more time with my kids, more time preparing for Christmas and more time with myself.

I wish everyone a day full of things they truly appreciate.  Even with all the Christmas chaos, we can all find time to look around and count our blessings.  Wrap, bake, see friends and decorate, but in between it all step back and drink it in.

Whether you work or stay home, slow it down and hug those babies.  There is nothing in the world like it.

Cheers and happy Friday!

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