When school started again for our seven-year-old, I had mixed feelings. Part of me was relieved to have my own time again and another part was sad. It was nice having no agenda each day with Meredith. We could hang out while she still wanted be with us. The days seemed longer and the plans more spontaneous. Still the days flew by until the first day of school suddenly arrived.
After four days in a row of waking up early, I'm tired yet more motivated to get things done. On Meredith's first full day in school, I trimmed a bush that had been creeping ever closer to our car in the driveway. I trimmed dead leaves from flowers in our front yard making our neighbors a little happier. I cleaned off two dressers full of various items left there for weeks, taking the idea of summer vacation seriously for myself as well as for our daughter. And I started exercising. Two days in a row. So far so good. Now for day three, four, five, etc.
One of the things I started to do more is reading. I enjoy reading, but rarely make the time for it. I've decided to try to be a better role model so Meredith will see that it is enjoyable too.
I also look forward to writing again. A lot of my friends ask me if I'm writing another book. I wrote quite a bit, but decided it was terrible because it was totally unbelievable. So I'm starting again. Summer break was good for me, but now I plan to kick in gear and start taking more action toward my goals. Being productive. But a little of the summer break mentality will be part of my daily routine to keep my sanity.