Uncategorized Time for a change.  January 20, 2017

“Mama’s home!!” They run to me with big smiles almost tackling me to the floor as they jump into my arms. All the stress from work is gone and replaced with love and joy. I savor this because I know one day they will be too big and cool to greet mom this way. My husband turns the corner to welcome me home with a kiss and a hug. We walk together to the kitchen while he chats and I look back behind me at the living room and the tornado state it’s in. I try to focus on what he’s telling me but I can’t. Im panicking trying to remember a key word to get myself out of appearing unloving or uninterested.  

Instead I look at the sink. It’s filled. With dirty dishes. I have to wash them first because I need some of them to cook. I also forgot to thaw out the meat and I will end up cooking the meat half-frozen half thawed. I start to gather all the ingredients I will need for dinner and see I forgot to put the laundry from the washer in the dryer. There’s also several loads that need to be done, yesterday. 

We finish dinner and start our evening routine. I bathe the boys and husband washes the dishes. I make it upstairs before the boys to run the bath water. Dirty clothes everywhere. Bathe the boys and there are no clean towels. Grab a towel from our room and come back upset by our unmade bed and clothes all over the floor. Which ones are clean? Which ones are dirty? 

Boys are in their pjs and in bed. We say our prayers give kisses and hugs I walk out close the door and let out a loud sigh. Then argue with myself about how much there is to do but the day was long so I deserve to relax right? I relax because there’s always tomorrow. Can you guess how long I’ve been having that argument? Months. 

This is how we spent many evenings. There’s so much left out though like how most days I got frustrated with the boys or my husband and I argued about “the little things”. 

Something has to change. I finally realized that what I valued in my life weren’t things at all. I value my faith and loving others, my husband and our marriage, my boys and raising them to be loving human beings that would give back to the world in a positive way, my health so I could live a long life and enjoy my family and lastly nature, connecting with the beauty outside that God created for us to enjoy. This does not mean that I am giving my values 100%, no there’s always work to be done. But, I can tell you we do not spend our nights like the above anymore. 

Are you stressed? Is there not enough time in a day? Are you always being pulled in so many directions? Is your health suffering? Are you anxious or depressed? 

Then I ask what are the things you value? And are you nourishing those values? Maybe it’s time for a change. 

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  • Kari posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Love this! I really focused on the words God and connection. It is so important to be connected with God and the important things in life. I have found that when I am not, everything tends to be a little gray. Having that true connection always puts everything in perspective and creates pure joy. Thanks for the reminder to be present and connected!

    • thehahnestlife posted on January 20, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Kari you’re absolutely right our connection with God aligns everything. Thank YOU for reminding me where I can find pure joy.

  • Tessa posted on January 18, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Yes! Even though I don’t work outside of the home, I feel these things constantly! And maybe it’s just worse now because most of my time now is trying to consol and care to an infant and so the time I used to have to do those chores is gone. You’re not alone! ❤

    • thehahnestlife posted on January 20, 2017 at 2:51 am

      Thank you Tessa, this is the stage that were in right now right?

  • Carrie (carrie_on_lovely) posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:40 am

    It’s an ongoing battle isn’t it? Always so much to do.
    But you’re right – we shouldn’t forget the big important things by getting bogged down in those small details. 💛

    • thehahnestlife posted on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 am

      Yes that’s exactly what they are “small details”.

  • Burgandi posted on January 19, 2017 at 3:53 am

    There are always unfinished tasks. I relate to this even as a stay at home mother. Thabk you for reminding me to focus on the things that truly matter. We always need that reminder.

    • thehahnestlife posted on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 am

      Thank you Burg for reading and letting me know what you think!

  • Lisa Grooms posted on January 19, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Loved this Tiff! I struggle with this too. I’m a perfectionist but having my daughter has really changed my perspective and helped me focus on what is really important!!

    • thehahnestlife posted on January 20, 2017 at 2:48 am

      I’m a perfectionist too. I’m learning to not be so uptight about things and to enjoy life.

  • Whitney posted on January 19, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Well said! There is so much truth to this! Happiness comes from focusing on the things that truly matter! Thanks so much for sharing!

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