Checking Back In On My Summer Bucket List

The fall is my busy season.  This year, although I saw it coming and prepared diligently, it has still hit me hard.

I’ve been so overwhelmed lately, working on projects from home until the late hours, or coming home exhausted mentally, physically, and spiritually, that I haven’t wanted to do anything but head to bed.  Sometimes I feel like I am barely able to form sentences, or even a complete thought. Yet I just keep pressing forward, trying to work on things so they are done in time.

I’ve had no energy for me.  I haven’t cleaned my house in two weeks.  I haven’t really been grocery shopping (with a meal plan) for almost a month now.  I’m lucky I’ve been able to keep up with the laundry…thanks in part to my great hubby who often pitches in.  I just feel like I’ve been spinning in a whirlwind.

The last thing I wanted to do when I got home was fire up my computer to work on something fun, that didn’t have a deadline.  And so, my blog posts just stopped, and all became quiet.  And I realized today, on my way home, maybe that IS what I need…I need to check back in with me, to work on something creative, to take a break from the hard stuff, and be refreshed by creating something new.

Other than this post, I’m not sure what that will entail tonight.  Maybe some drawing, maybe some crocheting (definitely fall now, so it’s time for some fall crafting), I should work on digitizing some previous drawings so I could possibly open an Etsy shop and sell them for our adoption fund.  But right now, I don’t want to do anything I “should” be doing.  So, I probably won’t.

I can’t believe the fall is not only here, but that it’s already October!!!  Where did the summer go?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THE FALL, it’s my favorite time of year!  But it seems like just last week I was writing my Summer Bucket List.  What happened!?!  I didn’t even manage to complete half of my goals.

  1. Go Exploring
  2. Skate in an Away Bout
  3. Go Stargazing
  4. Grill Out with Friends
  5. Go Camping
  6. Go Mini Golfing
  7. Go Bowling with Friends
  8. Read at least 5 Books
  9. Learn More About Blogging
  10. Go Tubing Down the River
  11. Work on My Blog
  12. Scan & Organize Family Photos
  13. Pay Off Our Medical Bills
  14. Watch an Entire TV Series on Netflix
  15. Have a Day of Solitude
  16. Get Back to Eating Better
  17. Go to the Beach
  18. Clean Out My Craft Supplies

Oh well!  At least I was able to cross some of those things off of my list.

Now please don’t read this post like a pitty party – that’s not what I intended at all.  I just wanted to be real, and share where my head has been lately, and why I haven’t been here.  And to maybe encourage you, to also take some time to refresh your soul, in what ever way serves you best.  After all, when I am rested and refreshed, I am better able to serve others.  It’s ok to take a break and take care of yourself.  It’s important, YOU are important.  What is one thing you enjoy doing that refreshes your soul?

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