Do you ever feel like you’re desperately in need of an overhaul? I don’t mean so much in the style department – writing this blog and a shopping habit masked as “research necessary for my job” usually helps on that front. No, I mean the kind that has you feeling like a car that’s just hit 50,000 miles and is in dire need of some TLC and more than a little maintenance.
A bit like recent events in our house with everything breaking down at once, some days I’m left feeling bedraggled, wrung out and physically exhausted. This isn’t about complaining – I have a wonderful life that allows me the freedom to be The Online Stylist, mum to a beautiful daughter and wife to The One. Not to mention home maker still in training at the age of 44 and dog walker extraordinaire.
This is more of an observation and note to self as a Could Try Harder in the “take care” sector. “When are you having a day off?” asked Mr OLS last week as I once again, flung myself into a sleepy heap on the pillow.
In general, as a parent, you don’t get a day off. As a family, we have the weekends together but they usually pass in a flurry of activity, chores, visits and furrowed brows looking at To Do lists. Both Mr and I have way too many lists and furrowed brows between us.
For me, things that tend to go by the wayside when life’s To Do lists take over are a healthy diet, exercise and quality rest time. Daily stresses are all too easily answered with too many sugar and carb rushes or an early gin & tonic followed by a slightly less early glass of wine. If my running buddy cancels, I cancel. If I pick up a book, I forget to put down the iPhone. See what I mean. Definitely could try harder.
I’m really good at advocating downtime – I guess because it’s something I aspire to much more than I achieve. But when you start to feel your age (and I mean really feel it some days), it serves as a bit of a wake up call that sometimes a few adjustments are needed here and there.