What’s Keeping Me Sane (February 2018 edition)
So why am I doing a post on keeping sane? 1) Modern Ms Darcy is having a link up about what is keeping us sane. 2) Being sane is a year long process. Hopefully some of the habits from this season will get me through the next also.
Sane: 1) Proceeding from a sound mind. 2) Mentally sound. 3) Healthy in body ( from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition)
How are you taking care of yourself especially your soul?
Here is what is keeping me sane…
1. The Psalms
2. My Morning Exercise
3. Apple Music
Our family subscribed to Apple Music a few years ago after trying it out for a free trial period. Big D loves music so this is a gift that keeps on giving. He can keep up with all the new music plus have his old favorites. For a bit more, the whole family is able to get in on the fun. In the past due to slow internet, I only downloaded a few albums here and there. Now we have faster internet, and I am loving getting to stream music. I especially love the For You section where Apple makes up playlists based on my music tastes or I can choose from other ready made playlists.
4. Figuring Out What I Want
Since Christmas 2016 didn’t quite go as I would have liked, I decided to do this for Christmas 2017. This was my list…
2. I wanted to make some from memories while they are here.
3. I wanted to have some time to just be…
To make this happen, I planned ahead. What could I make for menus? What could we do? What should W bring in? This gave me margin while they were here. Then I had to be intentional about making time to have conversations and make those connections. We didn’t always stick with the plan which is okay but it is easier to modify a plan than to come up with a whole new one. I enjoyed my time playing ping pong with Big D, walking along the beach with mom, and swimming with W. We watched way too many movies, ate too much sugar, and laughed as we played games. There were glitches but that is life. But I felt like I was able to focus on the important things-connecting and just enjoying my family.
Now I am looking at the summer. Big D and I will be in the states for June and July. What do I want out of that time? What is a reasonable expectation? What is not? What does God have for us? Hopefully this will give me a framework as I pray and think ahead knowing that all plans can change in an instant.
So as I look at new situations and opportunities, I am doing a better job of thinking through what I want and what this new thing will entail and require of me. It helps me see the expectations I have about the situation but also the expectations of others.
What is keeping you sane or saving your life right now? I would love to hear about it in the comments.