We're limping over the finish line - school finally ends today. Greta is no longer in elementary school - this fall she heads to middle school. Finn is reading chapter books and eager to start second grade.
They are growing up.
I usually feel ambivalent about the last day of school - carrying a nervous pit in my stomach about how on earth I'm going to keep up my hectic work schedule with them home full time.
Not this year.
I'm tired. I have so many exciting things happening with my non-profit, with my jewelry businesses, with my Arbonne business. But I'm stretched too thin, and everything is suffering.
The things I usually do to tend to the soil beneath my own feet - yoga, exercise, meetings, cancer group - have taken a back seat to my schedule. We all know if you don't care for the roots of a plant it starts to wilt, and my flower is wilting.
I can't imagine giving up any of the things I'm doing - I love them all, and they all fulfill important needs for me financially and spiritually. But I can't keep this up.
I have decided to put my Etsy shop - Shining Stones - in hiatus for the summer. If you are still waiting on an order, no worries, I'll get it to you. But once I have cleared my decks there I'm putting it in vacation mode for two months. I have to, and I even kind of want to.
I'll keep Two Little Birds Studio open, with the caveat that it may take a couple of weeks to complete any orders.
I need a break.
Really exciting things are happening for Shining Strong - we're partnering with a world-class addiction rehabilitation center here in the Northesast. Gosnold on Cape Cod, where I got sober as did two of my very best friends and countless others that mean so much to me. If you go to their website (follow the link) and scroll down you'll see Shining Strong is listed as a partner. We have big ideas, big plans, to bring the stigma of addiction out into the light and help people know they aren't alone.
I want to focus on that.
My Arbonne business is growing by leaps and bounds - I'm building a team of incredible women who are changing their lives by building their own Arbonne businesses, and it's exciting. I want to be there to help them, too.
I need to be able to exercise, go to yoga, go to recovery and cancer support group meetings. Those things fill my soul, make it possible for me to make it through the tougher times.
And things haven't been all that easy this month. I miss my Dad so very much. June 11th was the anniversary of his death, two years now, and as these exciting things happen I find myself thinking "oh, I can't wait to tell Dad!" only to have the heart stopping realization that he isn't here to tell. I still have a lot of processing to do.
My anxiety is back. Not constantly, but enough that it's sapping my energy. I know it is because I'm not tending to my roots.
I want to throw myself into this summer without feeling pulled in ten different directions - physically here but mentally absent. My kids deserve that. I deserve that.
We have trips planned for most of July - visits to see family, a trip to the Florida Keys, and then I'm going to Chicago for the blogging conference BlogHer. I want to be present for these things. I am beginning to understand the affliction of workaholism. I know my scales are not balanced.
I will take the summer to regroup, re-prioritize. I have to.
It's hard, though, when all the dreams you've had start to gain momentum at the same time. I don't mean "poor me" hard, I just wish I could space it out more, so I didn't have to pick and choose.
It's only been a year since my last major surgery - the neck dissection that removed 23 lymph nodes and hopefully the last of my cancer.
I think I'm overdosing on feeling good. I'm SUCH an addict. If a little is good, more is better, right?
Back to basics for me: family, self-care, longer stretches of time (heck, ANY stretches of time) where nothing is planned. Lazy summer days burying my toes in the sand with nothing on my mind but what to read next.
I hope I can do this. If I struggle with a more balanced pace, I know I will have to do some serious re-evaluating of whether I'm running towards, or running from.
I'm calling myself out, here, for those days when I'd rather manically check emails than go to the beach with my kids. For the times I drag my laptop with me on vacation and spend more than a few minutes checking in. For when I am in the middle of a perfectly good summer day and my mind is anywhere but in the present moment.
I want to be in the present moment. I am concerned I may have forgotten how.
We will do The Bubble Hour podcast every other week during the summer, so my co-hosts and I can have some breathing room. We don't want the quality of the shows to suffer simply because we feel the world will stop revolving if we aren't live on the air every week. Of course it won't. In between live shows we will air re-broadcasts of some of our most popular or helpful shows.
I hope you are enjoying a peaceful summer - even if you work full time, I hope you're able to find that breathing space, and time to tend to your roots.