When planning, when parenting, when traveling, when cooking, when in a relationship, or when planning just about anything, the ability to run an audible is imperative. In fact, I’m pretty sure I run at least one audible daily. Take this blog post. I was planning to post about our adventure to Chicago Gourmet and launch our giveaway, but instead I’m audibling and writing about audibles! It would be amazing if everything went according to plan, but let’s face it, that’s not always going to be the case. In fact, it rarely ever is.
Sabbatical planning is a good example. I assumed as soon as I finished having to commute to the city two to three days a week for work, my schedule would magically open and I would have time to tackle my mounting to do list. I wasn’t expecting daily trips to the city for Mr. N’s new show and theater training. This necessitated an audible.
So as I mentioned last week, I reorganized my to-do lists and created new calendars. Things seemed manageable. By the end of week one, we got the kids to all their activities. I finished my clients’ projects, ran all my errands, exercised daily and tackled the trip planning items designated for the week. The new calendar system worked, or did it?
By week’s end I did not have that anticipated sense of accomplishment; instead I was left unsettled by my new time management system. I’m not used to having to-do lists on one project (in this case sabbatical planning) extend for weeks, let alone months, and it left me feeling unfinished and uncomfortable. But the system is working. It’s manageable. It allows for free time and it’s not overwhelming. It wasn’t the system that needed adjusting, it was me.
So this weekend I pulled an audible. I put my to-do lists and tasks aside. I packed a bag and Miss A and I were country bound (while the boys hit the city!).
There’s nothing like travel to realign my thinking. I love hopping in the car, rolling down the windows and playing my favorite songs. Fortunately Miss A and I share a love of Vance Joy, which we sang the entire way to The Kitchen’s Garden, otherwise known as the Farmy. We were long overdue for a visit to the country with our good friend Miss C. It was the perfect audible and provided everything I needed…
Staring in wonder at wide open spaces and their unending sight lines to clear my mind.
Evening walks, reminiscing, laughing and sharing a glass of wine with a good friend to be present-minded.
Watching Miss A’s golden curls against the backdrop of amber fields to fill me with amazement and joy.
Sitting in a familiar and comfortable silence, all together, to instill a sense of peace.
Carving a pumpkin with my pumpkin to spark a childlike playfulness.
Working out planning details with the help of a talented friend to organize thoughts.
And simply being alongside strong, independent and smart women to remind me of my strength and graceful power.
It was a much-needed diversion.
Travel is the surest way to bring me home.
Now I’m ready, ready to run the inevitable audibles.
How about you? Is it travel? Art? Shopping? Sky diving? Do you have a sure-fire method to ground yourself?
We all need something, because really, there is never a dull moment (not that I’d have it any other way!).
We’ll be back in a day or two with the promised giveaway…if all goes as planned.