Monday, June 24, 2013

Getting Into the Rhythm

Have you ever noticed when you are running and a new song with a faster beat comes on you eventually start running to the new beat? Maybe that only happens to marching band veterans...

Or every now and then when you are in the car with the radio on and the blinker all of a sudden is syncs up with the beat of the song?

I love it when that happens.

But the few moments before everything is moving together there is a feeling of disconnection. It just doesn't feel quite right.

That is how last week was for me. My kids had their last day of school on Wednesday and I spent the rest of the week trying to settle into the new rhythm. At first I tried to fight it, hoping my own rhythm would be the one to win out, but then I realized everything would work together to much more nicely if I adapted.

Summer definitely has its unique rhythm. Dinner is a little bit later and little more relaxed. Bedtimes are loose. Mornings can be lazy. Children need things to do or they just might spend all day playing Minecraft (or maybe this is just my kid???). Hours at a time can be spent at the pool or the playground.

I have actually been a little stressed about how I would manage this summer. I work from home and am busier than ever, which is always a good thing until you have kids to entertain. I have also been worried about how in the world I was going to get in my training. I used to take the boys to the Y almost every day where they loved to play in the childcare...nowadays, they are not so into that, so I don't feel comfortable making them do it every day.

So how am I going to make it work?

Adapt. Be flexible. Be resourceful. This is my mantra for the summer.

A few things I'm doing to make everyone's summer a little bit more fun and less stressful:

  • I will be getting up early to get work done. This means I MUST get to bed at a decent hour. Maybe this will be my July #project30days.
  • I am hiring a babysitter for a few hours a week, so I can have time to work without distraction.
  • I will create opportunities for my kids. We have already made a list of fun things to do this summer, and they are both signed up for a couple of camps.
  • I will learn to enjoy the down time. One of the things Ryan loves to do is go fishing and Noah loves going to the skate park. For me that means simply sitting and watching which can be hard. I'm going to do my best to soak it in. 
  • I will schedule time for me, but I won't let my needs dictate our family schedule because that only creates more stress for me.
  • In terms of training, I have made the hard but easy decision to race the HalfRev at Rev3 Cedar Point this year instead of the Full. More on this in another post... I will also be spending quite a bit of time on the trainer this summer, but that is nothing new for me.
  • Be present and in the moment. #SummerGratitude will be a huge help with this.
Now that I've wrapped my head around this new rhythm I'm pretty excited to see what kind of music we can make as a family this summer!

What do you love the most about the rhythm of summer?

1 comment :

  1. Kelly! Love this post. I always have my kids start the summer with 3-5 goals. I make them vary like Learning, Athletics, Adventure. And we have a bucket list that we pick actual dates for everything ahead of time and put on family whiteboard calendar. This way there aren't any fits or meltdowns about when are we going to (insert adventure here). My kids are in camp full time which is kind of like the school year. Bed time is still firm and camp bus comes early. I am determined not to let this whip me into a frenzy. I, too, felt a rhythm start last week. Your summer gratitude idea came at the perfect time for me. A great reminder to enjoy the simpler things that summer has to offer. Always fun reading what you are up to!


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