I am grateful that I listened to my body today. I know my body’s signals quite well. I know when my body is telling me to slow down, get more sleep, eat, not eat, etc. Sometimes I listen to the signals when life allows and other times I may not.
Today my sisters and brother-in-law watched my girls so my hubby and I could do some needed pre packing. Almost four hours into constant cleaning in the garage I began to feel tired. It was time to get the girls from my parents, where they were. I told Matt, “let’s go get them and you can stay with them there and watch your playoff football. I will go back to the house and have more hands free for cleaning time.”
Once we got to the house an hour quickly went by with feeding the girls, putting one on the toilet, cuddling, etc. My 98-year-old grandma was also there, as she is once a month for the weekend.
In my midst of tiredness I said out loud to my familia, “Okay, I should probably get back home and keep packing.” My sister said, “Take a break. Stay and enjoy fam (family) time.” It was hard to go as my oldest daughter (2 1/2 yrs old) was singing out loud the newest One Direction song, which was so cute. It is the first time she is singing a mainstream song:)
Another hour went by so quickly with hanging with the fam and the girls. Again I said, “Alright, I should probably get back home to pack, or at least shower.” My mom said, “Sometimes it’s good to stop and have a balance in your day and not over due it.” All of this I knew but my mind was battling my body’s signals to stop packing and enjoy the rest of the day with my family.
So I made a decision to not drive home and shower and showered at my parents. Then after that I decided to go with my family to eat dinner at a Mexican restaurant instead of going home to pack more.
It felt good to choose to enjoy family time versus packing. I am grateful that in the end I listened to my family and my body and relaxed:)
– Renee Ho
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