Happy birthday to me! This year marks a special occasion as I turn 40.
Now I’m not quite sure why 40 is made out to be so important. To me it is just another number, however everyone seems to be making a big deal about its significance so it’s got me thinking what it all actually means.
Is it because it’s meant to mark some sort of mid-way point in life? Because I sure hope to live longer than 80, if I have any say in the matter!
I realise I have come a long way over the past 40 years, I’ve achieved a lot and learnt even more along the way. But I think it has only been more recently that I have made the most life changing, most important decisions of my life so far. The moment I made the decision to slow down and step away from the frantic unsustainable life I was living. To leave the ‘busy-ness’, expectations and and things I ‘should’ be doing behind.
That was a few years ago now, but I’m going to use this birthday to continue this journey and make a few more important decisions in my life.
As we head into the later part of the year, I always find life gets a little more hectic, or dare I even say, busy.
There just seems to be the constant feeling of unfinished business, although sometimes I’m not exactly sure what it is.
I’m often unable to totally switch off because of a niggling feeling that there is something else I need to do, if only I could put my finger on exactly what that something is.
My planner is exploding with appointments, to do lists and wish lists. The end of my kitchen bench is full of papers from school, the latest supermarket catalogue for this week’s meal planning inspiration as well as anything else that needs to be taken care of.
Last week, with my mind, my planner and my kitchen bench feeling in complete disarray, I decided it was time to reduce the overwhelm.
So far I have taken three simple steps…
As a parent, loving, protecting and teaching my children everything they need to know so they grow up to be happy, confident individuals is one of – if not the – most important roles in my life.
But after having three children I’m amazed at how much I have learned, and continue to learn, from them.
I am especially recognising this since having my third baby just four months ago. I have taken the time and made a conscious decision to really slow down and enjoy this period of time because, as cliché as it sounds, it really does go by ever so fast.
Children really help put life into perspective. It’s funny how someone so small can teach you so much.
Here are a few things I have learned from my three children.