I almost didn’t write this. It has been an exhausting week in my world and I didn’t think I had the energy to think of five good things. I have hobbled around on a broken toe, worked extra days, gotten up early to meet deadlines, and yelled at my husband after leading a small group where we discussed not being a pushy broad.
Then it hit me: weeks like this are exactly when I need to focus on the positive.
So, in an effort to keep my face to the sunshine, here are five highlights from this crazy week.
1. I learned how to do a new job.
I have worked in rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist for most of my career. I serve my patients by helping them recover function. I recently got the opportunity to learn a new job in the hospital. I love what I do, but in reality, I will not always be able to physically handle the job as it requires a good bit of lifting. Adding rehab liaison to my resume can help me find a desk job, should I ever need it. After 15 years in the same field, it was such a good feeling to learn and perform a new skill. (Ironically, this also led to some of the mayhem of my week!)
2. I have been in love with the same man for over half of my life.
On a warm southern night in July of 1996, my best friend and crush asked me if we could take our relationship to the next level. I was a young 18 years old then. Now at 37, I have officially been in love with him for over half of my life! You can read more about that here.
3. This happened.
Barrett channeled his inner Randy to show us how the little piggies eat.
(Email readers, follow the link to the site to view.)
4. My kids did all of the laundry this week.
I read Kay Wyma’s Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement last weekend. If you are ready to give your kids more independence and prepare them to be functional adults, please, read this book!
I set a goal to teach the girls home management skills earlier this summer. We worked on laundry the first few weeks of summer. With extra work days this week, I decided it was time to hand over the job. I left them instructions to wash, dry, fold, and put away while I worked. I was thrilled to come home to clean laundry that I didn’t have to wash! I think they were proud of themselves for doing such a grown-up job.
5. My morning routine worked even though my daily routine changed.
Adding extra shifts to my week threatened to totally disrupt the routine I have worked hard to establish. Because I have established the habit of doing the same things most every morning and evening, I was able to stay on top of standard household maintenance. Some of the deep cleaning didn’t get done, and I am okay with that. We had clean dishes, relatively clean bathrooms, and (thanks to the kids) clean clothes. Deep cleaning will happen…one day!
The simple practice of turning to toward the sun, focusing on the positives, helped me cultivate a thankful outlook. There were so many more than five highs.
I have a fabulous sitter who took the time to teach the girls how to make bracelets.
I have real-life friends and online friends who make life rich.
Sonic had half-price waffle cone sundaes.
And, when I asked my daughter if she had any questions during a conversation about the s-word, she came back with, “Are aliens real and have they ever abducted humans?” Bless.
Has it been a hard week for you? Take a minute to share your own high fives. The sunshine on your face will feel so good!
Be sure to visit my friend, Andrea Stunz’s blog, Empty Plate Full Heart to link up your own High Five!
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