Summer was loads of fun and in some sense I still believe in the concept of “summer vacation” – life is a little less structured, workouts certainly are, and we like to take advantage of the extra long days and fit as many things in as possible.
With our kids in school now, we have to be much more responsible than any other time in my life and this is sort of challenging for me. Getting up and ready for work is one thing, being able to sign up for vacation days from the office and head out on vacation – I can do all of that.
But following the school schedule, both of our work schedules and trying to sneak away all the time… That is hard for me. Nick and I are fly by the seat of our pants type people. We get an idea and we see it through. When the kids were small and our schedules were different, we could decide to “go here” and hit the road as soon as the work day was done.
[from Forbes: The Six People You Need in Your Corner]
Now… there’s just more to coordinate. And the spontaneous gal inside me doesn’t always deal well with this.
During the summer, I get away with it. Working freelance, double-y so.
So we played all summer. We flew by the seats of our pants. And we were happy.
But now it’s fall and school is in session and the “real world” has called us home.
Packing lunches for the kiddos. Packing lunches for the grown ups too (no more pop ins along the strip because “I forgot” to plan ahead).
Coordinating football practices, Junior League meetings, board meetings, blah blah blah – all those things that took a summer break as well.
Workouts need to be planned. I can’t just sneak in a run between meetings like I did all summer. Or a hike before work. It’s too dark now, and it’s cold.
Thinking ahead, planning ahead. This is what fall and winter demand. Fall wants more than summer ever asked of me.
So I went to the grocery store with a plan (for the first time in months) and I bought the things that make up healthy lunches, break time snacks and keep us running all day long.
I planned out our meals so that when I get home from a long day, I don’t stare into the cupboards as if there is a secret panel leading to the Narnia of delicious, hot and ready meals.
I planned out my workouts so that when I wake up in the morning, I begin.
I made plans to live.
I’ll be back to sharing meals and workouts starting on Monday. Hold myself accountable here.
Begin each day, as if on purpose.
We accomplished a freaking ton this summer, so the spontaneous approach to life shouldn’t be knocked, but I realize also that with the kids, and the changing of the seasons, it’s time to buckle down and follow some sort of structured schedule.
How do you make it all work? Do you flow with the changing roles and responsibilities of the seasons? Or are you “in the groove” all year long?