By Pauline Reneaux
Fall is in full swing at my house because it is my FAVORITE time of the year, but it is also my most hectic time of the year. Festivals, football games, planning for the holidays leave all of us with calendars that are filled beyond what we can fit into a 24 hour day. An avid reader, Rachel Hollis’ book Girl, Wash Your Face has me approaching this time of year a bit differently.
If you listen to her Podcasts or read any of her work you will learn that she is all about helping us use the last 90 days of the year to make BIG changes, as opposed to waiting for January 1st to roll around and then see what resolutions we want to make. She refers to this as the #Last90Days. In order for me to do this, I knew that I first needed to make sure that I had balance in my life. I have said for quite a while that my goals for 2019 include finishing my books, and making sure my house and health are in order. Sometimes this is a challenge and life can get in the way, but my friends and children will tell you that I am approaching this like a 4 year old at her first t-ball game. I am all in, setting goals and moving mountains. My goals are both short term and long range. My goals are doable and I have made sure that my date to complete each one of my goals is realistic.
What I am finding is that with each goal I attain I am feeling more and more empowered. What I am finding is that even when life throws me unexpected curve balls, the fact that I know I am working on finding balance so that I can be a better mom and friend to those I love, makes it so much easier to stick to the plan. What I am finding is that if I find balance it helps my children also learn to have balance in their own lives. And yes, I am a walking testimony to the fact that balance can be found in the happiest, most hectic times of life, as well as in the most trying times of life.
So as you head into this season to all things pumpkin spice, think of ways that you might find balance in your own life, a way that you might be able to catch your breath for just a minute and identify all that you are thankful for. Give this gift to yourself this holiday season, I think you’ll be glad you did.
To learn more about Pauline Reneaux, visit her blog at Pauline-Reneaux.com. She welcomes email at firstname.lastname@example.org.