When you have a change in plans, do NOT panic! Just go with it. Good things might come out of it! Just look at my day. It was a good day, actually a very “accomplished lots done” day, even though that was not the plan!
So, the plan was to meet a dear friend and go hiking. I was looking forward to this adventure. I had secured a sub, sub plans were done early. I actually met with the sub and went over everything so I did not have to write down detailed, detailed plans. The kids knew what to expect, and I was thinking great! It is going to be a great day!
I hear rain in the night. I wake up and have a text that it is raining where we are going to hike and the bugs are acting like “killer insects”. That was no surprise with the humidity and wetness around here. So, a big change in plans. Now, I had no plan. I was bummed with the fact that no hike, yet I totally understand and it would have been NO fun hiking in the rain while being bitten alive. So, it is okay. I stayed in bed and read for a bit. I really needed to get caught up on some books I am reading (I tend to read 4 or 5 books at once, something I will talk about later and share the books I am reading) I then thought about what I could do. The weather was not cooperating so it was going to be an inside day. Then it hit me, why not make this day productive day and get the end of the year teaching “stuff” done. Be like the Nike commercial and “Just Do It!” I was dreading it and it is something I hate doing. I had been thinking about it for days!! But, now I had the perfect opportunity to get it done.
So, I drag myself out of bed and hop in the shower. I then make a delicious whole foods protein shake and get my report cards, grade book, and end of the year paperwork and head out to the room in my house with the most windows. I needed light to make it feel like I was awake and ready to do this! I am happy to report that about 3 hours later I was done. DONE PEOPLE!!! I would have never been focused that long if it was a work day and I came home to do the work. I would never have focused if it was a beautiful day. Believe me I can procrastinate like the best of us :-). So, before noon I was one happy camper. Also, when I looked out the windows it was raining hard so even though plans changed, it turned out to be a good thing! The day was young and I really accomplished more than I ever thought I would! Plus I even vacuumed and mopped – which are two chores I hate to do and put off many, many times!
I did have time to relax. I was able to read and then to curl with the cat and sleep. Stuey, my cat, promotes sleeping. Something about when you are reading and he joins you and curls next to you in one of his crazy sleeping poses. You can hear him with his purr/snore. So, you have to join him. I have to say it was a nice nap. I woke up even happier, even though I was able to sleep in this morning.
Now, the weather was sunny and humid. I needed a haircut bad. Humidity and crazy hair do NOT mix people! So, I gave it a shot. Called, and hey they had an opening. I went down and got a haircut. I was feeling cooler, and was able to cross off haircut on my list of things to do! Another winner for the day! I came home and my aunt stopped by. It was actually a good thing. I have only seen her twice since she has arrived for the summer. We had a nice chat. She wanted some books to read so I gave her some. She met the cat and we just talked about random stuff. It was good.
She left and I was in “working mode again”. When this happens I have to go with it! I was able to work on stuff for VBS this summer. I needed a good chunk of time to spread out the materials, watch the DVD, and really think about things that I had been thinking about. It may seem like I am procrastinating when I have to type up plans or write report card comments and usually you find me doing them last minute. However, if you don’t know me, guess what… I am always thinking. I had been thinking of comments, and I have been thinking about VBS. I had ideas floating around in my warped head. So, I was able to get out the VBS notebook and work on that stuff. I am happy to say, I think we are doing well on that and we should have a great week! Cross your fingers! I will journal about that at the end of the summer during VBS week.
So, then I was able to make a healthy dinner. While dinner was cooking I made salad for my lunch in my new gift (read yesterday’s post!) So lunch was done. I ate dinner, did the dishes, and I now still have time to enjoy the rest of this day. So, I am going to go for a nice bike ride. While riding I am going to reflect on the fact that you really need to just go with the flow. When you have plans, and they don’t go as expected – don’t panic.
Think about this. It seems as though we never have time to just do things we need to do. It always seems like we feel pressured. Today, I did not feel pressured. Maybe it was the fact that this was my last “mental health day” of the year. Either way, it turned into a very productive day. I feel relaxed even though I accomplished tons! Really I did! I was happy. I was able to nap. I was able to do what I wanted, when I wanted on no time schedule. I was able to cross of tons of stuff on my “to do list” that was in my brain.
A great day indeed! I hope yours was too!