Just as the garden project hit critical in the ‘we have to finish this so we can plant wearesolateohmygoodness’ way, a few other things happened.
I took my individual consulting practice to a new level by starting a consulting firm with 2 amazing partners. Simultaneously, I accepted a role with a client that is more like a full-time job, and entails some fairly regular travel. I began to ramp up for my new role while doing all the work that starting a new company entails, and spending every spare moment trying to jam in garden building, finishing my guest room for our summer intern to stay in, and trying to cram in every kind of appointment and time with my children under the sun before my schedule got compressed.
What that led to was 4 of the busiest weeks I’ve ever had, with days going far into the night. By the time I got on the plane last Monday afternoon, I was ready to drop. I got back Friday night and was up at the crack of dawn, back at it.
I do this periodically – or maybe life does this, not sure – cramming every kind of life change, crisis and work demand into a tiny window of time. I’m not sure why I don’t spread these things out, but I don’t seem to remember from incidence to incidence that it’s really not ‘she who dies with the most checks on her to-do list wins‘. Maybe you can relate.
Even though I manage to juggle a lot, the thing I am still learning is what to let go. There was a time where I thought everything, everything had to be cooked from scratch. I’ve learned the merits of a bag of Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and some pre-cut vegetables for dinner. Same for acknowledging that once a year I will clean out my bedroom closet, and then it will slowly degrade until I can get to it again. No one died when I caved on Pringles. I can’t do it all alone. Today I was supposed to have the dirt in the garden spread so I could get another truckload. The reality is that the pile is halved, there’s 3 garden beds built and planted, and yes, it’s getting done but so is my job, my kids, the animals, the laundry, grocery shopping, cooking….
It’s SO easy to get consumed in life and forget to see the forest for the trees. Relationships. Time reading with the kids. I like to think I have my priorities straight, but I often choose the ‘to-do’ instead of the ‘just be’.
I think we’re all a little like that, to a degree. I have no words of wisdom on the matter, just that sometimes it’s worth letting the projects go to take silly selfies.