(a happiness project must)
We all have one. Us "Type A" people have about 50...per day. Here's a quick glance at what my list typically looks like:
- vacuum and fold laundry
- email back producer
- make dentist appointment
- call about toll bill
- meet *insert here* for lunch
- grocery shop....
...and that's just for the *first* part of my day!!!
The problem is I make these insane lists (like most moms do) and mayyybbbee do about half of it. On a good day. I've been "trying" to make a dentist appointment for 8 months. I still have yet to actually make a dentist appointment. Muh bad.
And somewhere in the midst of making lists, attempting the list, sweating over the list and then feeling bad about not finishing the list, I feel like I've lost that ability to JUST BE. Like when I was a kid and the homework was done, I was kind of a professional at play. We were constantly in the creek behind my house or out exploring in the go-cart. And yes, this describes my actual high school experience because I was kind of a nerd and didn't even kiss my first boy until after graduation. Embarrassing..
Somewhere along the way though, between jobs and kids, we forget to play. To just toss the list (THAT FEELS SO GOOD BTW) and stop worrying about all the stuff we have to do around the house or for work and take a few hours...just a few hours....to play.
There are two things kids need: order/structure and play. I'm great at structure. Just ask my poor husband (who is probably doing stuff I left for him on a list right now). I'm OCD, I'm organized. I feel like if this whole news thing doesn't work out for me I would SLAY as a secretary. Or admin...whatever PC thing they're calling that job now.
So as a personal challenge to myself as part of my Happiness Project, I am determined to add more play to my life, and therefore the life of my family. A few Sundays ago the weather was just to DIE for. 70s, low humidity (something that doesn't happen often in Texas) and not a cloud in the sky. Today, I thought, is the perfect day for play.
Now...unfortunately I also work on weekends. My days off are Monday & Tuesday. That makes it even *harder* to play because Mondays feel like they should be productive! And Tuesdays...well...yea. Tuesday. "Tuesday Funday" just doesn't sound right, does it??
So that Sunday I used a personal day and decided I would do something good for my mental health!
Joss's face here makes me laugh every time I look at it! I didn't even take my phone. I just wanted to focus on disconnecting from technology and being with my family in the moment. But I definitely stole Dan's phone to snap a few pics 'cuz I fancy myself a photographer.
WE HAD THE BEST TIME!!! Joss had a blast feeding the animals and they're super gentle with babies. You can pay for a little bag of food that goes a long way, and I had never seen wolves howl before so that was pretty awesome. Joss is obsessed with dogs so she seemed very into this.
Listen to these wolves!!! (also -- joss's face lol)
The absolute most favorite part was seeing the llamas. I have a weird obsession with llamas. I will regularly be back at the zoo just to see this llama with the goofy teeth. He is quite possibly my spirit animal.
After a few perfect hours at the zoo, we took Joss to Hat Creek Burger in nearby Dripping Springs. They have all these new amazing stores, restaurants and even a movie theater now in Dripping (as we locals call it) and it's so nice NOT to have to sit in Austin traffic to do stuff. We ordered milkshakes, fries and burgers and watched Joss play on their super kid-friendly playground while the sun started to set and it was quite possibly the happiest moment I've had in a long time.
Listen, I'm not saying you should call in to work. I'm not saying you should throw out all the lists and forget your responsibilities.
But every once in a while, do something that makes you feel like a kid again. Play, and play with your family. Disconnect. Laugh. Forget about emails and laundry. I promise you you'll be a better employee, spouse, friend and parent for it in the long run.
*And right now, it's Tuesday and I gotta do 500 things but I'm still smiling thinking back on this perfect day