I've been giving lots of thought to finding BALANCE. Since taking on my new job I've fallen back into old habits. I've had some SERIOUS relapse into my compulsive worker-bee type-A personality ways. Working 10-12 hour days. Never knowing how to turn it off. Even when I was home, thinking about work all the time.
My complete emotional melt down over recent basement flood was a real wake up call for me that I needed to change some things and get back on track.
So I am trying to re-learn how to pace myself and how to set boundaries, how to ask for help. To that end, the gentleman you see pictured here has come to my rescue in a very significant way. He has agreed to be responsible for the company cell phone on the weekends. My 24/7 shackle to that thing is finally at an end.
In truth, I rarely got many calls on the weekends. But I ALWAYS knew I MIGHT. And I have gone in to work far too many weekends. It was time to put a stop to that.
So this weekend I handed it over on Friday. I will pick it up again on Monday morning. But between now and then I don't have to think about work AT ALL. I came home and took a long hot bubble bath. I stayed in bed till 9:30 this morning - UNHEARD OF for me. I puttered in the yard. I read some blogs. I got caught up with my online classes. I took the dog for a walk. I never left the farm.
Tomorrow I will go to church and then spend the afternoon working on a project for my church. Our Relief Society (women's organization) put together a book a few years ago that has a page for each woman in the congregation giving contact info, birthday, list of family members, favorite color, favorite food, hobbies, talents and then a picture. It's a great little directory for getting acquainted. Problem is, the one they did is several years old. Some have moved in, some have moved out, a couple have died. Many have had kids and a few have changed marital status. So it needs updating. I've taken on the task, so I will spend some time scanning pictures to include with the pages and making calls to verify current info. It's a nice way for me to get to know the women in my new congregation.
Afterwards I think I might make some zucchini bread. or not. I might take a nap. Basically, this weekend I am OFF DUTY and doing all I can to rest and recharge my batteries. It's long overdue.
So thanks, Paul. I appreciate your support more than you know.