After eating and a nice long shower, I spent a little extra time on my hair and makeup. I talked to my sister by phone and went to the post office. In the mail, I had the latest issue of Country Living, Kendall's birthday gift (a DVD player), and a box of candles I had ordered from The Yankee Candle Company.
Upon returning home, I set to work in the kitchen. I resisted frantically hurrying through my tasks and focused on one thing at a time. I took regular breaks to drink water, grab a bite to eat, and to watch Days of Our Lives (the only soap opera I watch).
So what did I accomplish today?
* Scrubbed the counter tops, stove, and dish drainer
* Cleaned out the fridge and freezer inside and out
* Organized my cookbooks
* Washed all of the dirty dishes
* Set fruit out in a pretty glass bowl
* Cleaned the kitchen window and decorative items
* Cleared the kitchen table after a good scrubbing
Tomorrow I'll do more work in the kitchen in the same manner - cleaning out the cabinets (that's where the real mess lies) and reorganizing. I'll finish up the room with a good sweeping and mopping of the floors.
I am learning to slow down and to be mindful of the work I am doing out of love for myself and my family. It doesn't have to be done all in one day. It doesn't have to be perfect. I don't have to be perfect.
I am learning to just be.