Faster than a vomiting 2 year old.
More powerful than an angry momma bear.
Able to leap tall piles of laundry in a single bound.
Look! Out in the kitchen!
It's a chef. It's a housekeeper. It's Super Mom!
That's how I felt in January as 2011 started with guns blazing. Energetic and refreshed after a two week Christmas vacation, project ideas swirled around my mind. Activities and opportunities overflowed my calendar's pages.
There was nothing I couldn't accomplish, or so I thought!
Blog five times a week? Sure!
Home school preschool, kindergarten and 2nd grade? No problem!
Contribute a blog article 2-3 times a month? I'm your girl!
Provide hospitality to friends on a regular basis? Of course!
Keep my house "company ready" at all times? Easy peasy!
Teach a weekly co-op science class to 6-9 year olds? Bring it on!
But now February draws to a close and instead of invincible I feel overwhelmed.
Blog posts might publish three times a week.
School is reduced to absolute essentials.
Blog contributions are dried up.
Dinner with friends is rescheduled.
Piles of chaos totter on my bedroom floor.
Substitute teachers are called in for co-op.
My sense of failure and lack of energy point to one diagnosis - winter blues.
How am I going to beat my winter blues?
First, I'm changing up our routine for a week. Along with most of New England, I have declared next week February Vacation! Relaxing with my children and focusing on fun instead of work is bound to lift my spirits.
Next, I'm planning 3 field trip activities for my family to enjoy. Normally I avoid the February Vacation crowds but I'm making an exception this year. We all need to get out of the house and see different faces, learn new facts and have a little fun.
Finally, I'm finishing a few projects. I have several small nagging details to put in place in our updated bathroom and kitchen. Completing these tasks will remove clutter from my bedroom and my mind.
Curing my winter blahs should be simple if I follow this prescription. If not there's always plan B - a vacation to a tropical resort while shipping my kids off to the grandparents. Hey! I can dream, can't I?!
How are you beating the winter blues this year?