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A Few Of My Favorite Things


So this week has been a bit crazier than usual. Ben came down with a nasty cold early this week, so Sunday and Monday were spent care-giving, on top of my normal teaching and life duties. Then on Wednesday, Blair came down with kennel cough, so both family members have spent the week coughing and resting.

In thinking about this week's blog post, I wanted to talk a little bit about counteracting the busyness of life. For someone like me who works from home, it is very easy for me to get into the habit of thinking, oh goodness, there are 5 tasks for me to do around the house before I go to bed, and it's already 10:30pm. Instead, I should simply write those to-dos down and go to bed.

As my recovering perfectionism continues to attack, I need to find good ways to combat it and spend time resting in the evening, in order that I have a lot of energy to tackle the next day's responsibilities.

So I wanted to share with you all a few of my favorite things that help me rest, reflect, and have fun in the midst of life's adulthood duties.

1. Lavender Tea. This particular bag of French lavender is my go-to after a long day of piano teaching. It is a great transition from work to relaxation to bedtime, as I teach as late as 8:30 or 9:00pm.

2. Books. In the mornings, I start out with solitude and prayer and devotions. I've found this particular Bible extraordinarily helpful in discerning precisely what the Scriptures are saying. In the afternoons and evenings, I am currently reading Laura Bush's memoir "Spoken from the Heart." Ben and I have begun a new-ish tradition of reading books out loud to each other, and we've recently started Tom Sawyer. Nothing short of hilarious.