Of course it’s almost August. And of course we’re all in bit of a tizzy about it because ya, that totally sucks. Yep, I say sucks. And it does…it’s like the three months of the year that are supposed to be the most laid back are the fastest to go….because JuneJulyAugust are little brats like that. Here’s the deal though…I don’t like that panic feeling that time is passing too fast. My palms get kinda sweaty, my pits get a little moist (isn’t moist the grossest word?!)…it’s bad… that anxious feeling about time. I started to feel it last week, but then I decided to mystify time and do my own thang. (opposed to ‘moist,’ isn’t ‘mystify’ the best word…very mystical and mysterious.)
So…everybody breeeeathe in through your nose and ooouuut through your mouth real slow-like.
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Ok. Ready for this?? I sat down yesterday and made a list of all the things I myself can do to slow the time train down. Get your pens and take notes…this is deep stuff right here.
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1. Wake up early. I tell ya, this is my answer to everything. But really…if you wake up early…or at least earlier than your hoodlums, you can have some serious down time before the day even starts! It’s perfect! Genius, I tell you! Take your coffee outside with your Bible and read a little before there’s too much distraction. Go for a walk. The best way to slow time down is to make your day longer…get up.
2. Go slow on the slow days. If your calendar looks like mine, it’s blocked off into camp week/swim lesson week/camping weekend/etc. But if you squint and tilt your head to the left you’ll see there are a few days in there with nothing on them…those days are sacred. DON’T you dare plan a play date on that day. DO NOT decide to fill it up with some nonsense thing that’s going to stress you out later. Just leave your slow days to be slow…don’t do anything. Except maybe make Popsicles, do a craft, or have a backyard picnic. Don’t even get in your car…because if you’re like me, two errands turn into 2 hours that turn into a broken up slow day and a crabby me. Boo. K.I.S.S. Keep It Super Slow. I just thought of that right now. Wow…mystical.
4. Forget about your summer list. Ya, I reminded you to make one way back in May, but now let’s just be honest. Now, they’re stressing us out because we’ve only got a few weeks til school and we still have to have a lemonade stand, dig for gold, and build a go-kart. Holy Hannah! Wait till the kids are in bed and erase all the things with no check marks and when your kids wake up they will think they’ve accomplished every wonderful thing summer has to offer. It’ll be great for everyone…trust me.
5. Go to bed earlier. I like staying up like just like the next night owl, but really is it worth the hangover feeling the next day. Nothing says “why the h did I do that to myself” like a 8am headache caused from my late-night blog stalking. Not cool. Go to bed and feel refreshed.
6. Read a book as a family. Too kum-ba-ya-ish for you? Maybe, but its a great (and soothingly slow) end to a summer day. Right now we’re reading “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” Next up is “War Horse.” Ya, really changing things up there huh? Sweet little mouse to bullet-dodging horse. Hey, it works. Reading is a great way to make a minute seem like five and it’s even better to do it as a family.
7. Make iced coffee. Please just do this one thing. It’s essential summer blissdom in a glass…with ice. Make one for yourself on your busiest days. Take 20 minutes with a magazine and sip on one of these blessings…makes your day feel complete. I blogged about this last summer here.
8. Add fun to the mix of busy. I know there’s a lot going on, but still, it’s summer and summer is fleeting. So when you go to the 11th swim lesson of the season, grab a milkshake on your way home…or stop off at the library. Even though it’s busy, do your best to add in fun…everyday. It’s the little things your kids remember.
Take it in.
Take it slow.
Don’t look at your calendar and the few days that are left.