The end of the school year crunch is in full FULL effect. And as I have said before to my fellow Moms this is the time of year where we all are limping to the finish line. But then...I heard my own voice as I spoke to the kids the other night and said...
"How you leave matters."
And I realized that if it is true for them, it is true for me. There is nothing admiral in finishing poorly. There are blessings in this hectic end of the year push. Celebrations large and small, accomplishments and victories, little hands that have mastered cursive, or young readers starting to finally "get it" or just making it to the end of a hard school year...they all deserve a good ending. Especially in today's society it is easy to grumble and complain and talk about how very busy we are. But to what end?
We just finished the first of the two last weeks of our school. We had field trips, service days, marathon costume making, presentations all amongst the continued chaos of life (unexpected home demo, a stroke anniversary to celebrate-more on that later, and of course work.) Here is the difference for me this year.
I have decided to pay attention and to joyfully focus on these moments and celebrations.
I know that in what will feel like a blink of an eye the celebrations will be over and my house will not be full of the excitement of year end school activities. So here is how I have decided to spend my last two weeks of school time madness:
- Saying yes to blocking time. I work from home and that is a blessing and a curse. When I am at school this week I have decided that I am unwilling and therefore unavailable to work. Time blocking is huge for me and I have been adamant about this week
- Saying no to perfect dinners. Our dinners this week have consisted of easy things: sandwiches, pancakes, spaghetti (2x) and no one cares!
- Saying yes to the divide and conquer mentality. Our family can be particularly crazy and often we are not all in the same place. I have my list of where I need to be and my husband does his list. We cover all the bases and everyone gets attention. It definitely works for us.
- Saying no to a bad attitude. I am trying so hard to not compare my busy-ness to others. We are ALL busy. But in most of that busyness are abundant blessings. I stopped complaining about all the end of year stuff and am just thankful for our awesome school.
I hope you join me friends and Celebrate your end of school year with JOY.