Making plans for today, next week, next year and daily to do lists are elements of many lives. Some of us do it as a necessary part of keeping our lives in order, or even our menatal sanity. I know some that plan out every moment of every day and others that don't plan anything. Personally I fall in between, I like having a framework of events, appointments, activities filled in to my calendar but I have learned to scrap those plans when needed.
After I first had my daughter I had a very grand idea of what I would get done while working from home with an infant sans help. For any fellow parent you probably LOL on that one. Reality set in quickly and once I let go of my expectations, I was able to actually be present with my baby and keep my sanity, somewhat. This was easier with the second as I knew going in to not expect to get anything done work wise, so when I did it was a huge accomplishment.
My lesson over the years has been to learn to go with the flow more, to look at my plans and know that they may need to be adjusted or scratched at any moment. Feelings of disappointment, frustration or anger still arise but I try to remind myself that plans are fine to make but be ready to watch them wash away with the tide. Don't get me wrong I am still learning and still working to find the balance between getting those items on the list done while enjoying the moments that are right in front of me.
As the school year is wrapping up for my kids we have lots of unscheduled time, sprinkiled with a vacation and camp, that I hope to simply enjoy being with my kids. My fond childhood memories of summer in Texas were spending every day at the pool (and I do mean every day and all day), riding my bicycle and days at the beach. No plans, now as a mom in 2016 the idea of no plans in one respect sounds great and then sends me into panic. So, now I will breathe, and remind myself to look for the joy in each moment as they come instead of trying to plan for them.
I am a DC based yoga teacher, wife, mother of two kids and three animals who is using yoga both on and off the mat to find balance.