I always look forward to any opportunity to spend leisure time with my family. It seems like something is always coming up, someone gets sick, or work/life schedules fall off balance. It's difficult to make the time to spend with the ones we love most. But isn't that kind of the problem?
We make time for work, take on new clients, dwell on finances, and overlook the most important thing of all: our livelihood.
A job doesn't make you successful. A certain level of income doesn't make you successful. Working yourself to death, volunteering your help or advice doesn't make you successful, and it surely does not make you indispensable.
You can be indispensable to someone, but you have to make a conscious choice every single day of your life to be present. To be the kind of person that you want your child to be. To give advice that you would actually take, to listen to every concern - no matter how small or wild - and treat your child with dignity.
This was supposed to be a post about how much I am excited about our family trip to Kissimmee, Florida this week. I suppose it's more a post about life. And that's ok. Sometimes things change, and we have to learn to roll with the changes or invite unhappiness and worry into our lives.
The timing of this retreat could not be any better for me. For those of you that are new to my Classic Mommy blog, you might not know that I have been suffering from anxiety to the point where I could have died. I am making big changes in my life, and one of them is to really focus on the things that are within my power to change. While there are some things I cannot ignore, I now realize that I cannot "fix" everything or "do" everything or "be" everything at.all.times.
I am me, and I am enough.
So, here we are, traveling to Kissimmee to mark a milestone off my never-ending to-do list: The start of a new, happier life.
We have stopped off for the night in Jacksonville to enjoy the beach atmosphere. I love lazy days on the boat, fishing and floating and simply taking the time to breathe in the salty ocean air. Tomorrow, we head to Kissimmee to start exploring the area for the first time... and I could not be more excited.
What is your favorite place to visit in the Kissimmee area?
Annnndd... if you had just *one* day to spend at Disney World with your toddler for her birthday, what would you focus the most on? I haven't been to Disney World for over 20 years, and my memory / imagination might be getting kind of cloudy ;)