November is almost here (what?!) and all sorts of things are rushing through my head. I’ll be honest, it’s a hot mess up there and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed! And fueled by all the chaos in my head, I nearly forgot to get to Abra Auto Body this morning to get my van fixed from the mailbox I hit a couple of weeks ago… good times, good times.
Fleeting though # 1: Should I even bother putting up my fall decorations or just wait and head straight to Christmas? Maybe I should skip Christmas decorations too, so much work…
Thought #2: Oh my gosh – what on earth are the kids going to be for Halloween and do I really have to purchase new costumes, or do I have time to whip something up? Do we really have to carve pumpkins? Maybe we could just draw or paint on them…
Thought #3: The kids had to dig out warm clothes today, most of which are WAY too small. When am I going to go through them, put away summer clothes, figure out what they need new and get shopping? Whose budget does that come out of!?
Thought #4: I have a HUGE bag of apples from my parents’ apple tree… I really need to get them peeled, sliced and into the freezer… can I even freeze them?
Thought #5: My landscaping is a MESS and needs to be cleaned up and cut down, not to mention the daffodil and crocus bulbs that I bought over a month ago that need to be planted…
Thought #6: Settle down missy!
It is so easy to get all caught up in my head and the stress of trying to get it all done. And what a party pooper I become, no pumpkin carving or Christmas decorations?
I read a great book a couple of years back and after returning from Abra and sipping my now cold coffee that I left behind when I panicked and ran out the door, I decided I needed to go find it for a healthy dose of perspective. The book I reached for is called Life is Short – Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta LaRoche (it had me at the title – I always want to have on my party pants!). I opened it up and sure enough, the words I needed were right there.
“Thank God you have stress in your life. You should be on your knees saying thank you to your stress every day. The only time you’re ever going to have a life without stress is when you are dead.”
Time to get my party pants on!