So I've been feeling badly about neglecting the blog the past few weeks. With several bellydance performances (including our huge bi-annual recital) at the end of October, I knew I'd be lucky just to keep up with our school schedule - much less blogging about it.
The good news is that I was able to relax my expectations of what I could accomplish during this time and enjoy all the fun stuff in store just for me. Also good news is that school more or less still got done - many times due to the help of my wonderful hubby. The only bad news really is that the house is a wreck and I'm at least two weeks behind on laundry.
More good news is that we're officially one month into what tends to be my "busy season", and I'm still not feeling the stress. This year, I've decided to relax and enjoy things more (which I've decided to do before but without any success). So far, so good this year.
What seems to be helping this time around is focusing on one thing at a time. Last week was Halloween; the week before was my recital. Now I'm shifting towards putting together my Thanksgiving co-op and potluck; once that's done I'll finalize plans for our Thanksgiving trip and start doing some prep work for Noah's birthday (which is two days after we get back from vacation). Next, of course, will be Christmas, but I'm excited about it - not anxious like I often am.
In the past I've been easily overwhelmed this time of year by all there is to do. Making myself focus on one thing at a time has really alleviated a lot of stress and minimize the time I waste by over-planning. Maybe there really is something to that "older and wiser" thing.