There are more demands on my time than I can handle these days.
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I would commit to helping out at school for an additional two hours per week, on top of the two weekly hours plus monthly meetings that I’m there.
Over the weekend, I was asked if I would join the committee for the PTA’s largest fund raiser.
I just got back from my last Mega Sale transaction at Ralphs, and found myself thinking that I don’t want to go shopping for a few days now.
My friend is having surgery tomorrow and I want to provide her and her family with food to last a few days.
My house needs cleaning.
I’m sure you have a similar list of demands on your time. Over the years, I’ve actually gotten pretty good at saying no. I’ve learned that if I resent doing something, I’ll just drag my feet so both I and the requester end up feeling frustrated and bad. And that’s not helping anyone.
So I turned down the two requests from school, as I feel I am helping out plenty and I really don’t want more school-related obligations on my plate.
But I also need to simply take a breather right now.
I’m actually happy that the Mega Sale is over at Ralphs so I’m not haunted by all the deals I’m not getting. I’ve gone every day since Sunday and while I’m looking forward to seeing what the sales will be starting tomorrow, I need a break from shopping.
I will cook one meal for my friend and her family, but mostly I’m going to take over a lot of the free soup I picked up during the Mega Sale, plus some goodies and household items so they won’t have to worry about those things while my friend recuperates. I’ll take these things to her and hang out for a little while, so that too will be rejuvenating as we have a little bit of girl time.
And I find that what’s more rejuvenating of all is simply spending a day at home without going out unless it’s absolutely necessary and cleaning up and getting some work done and taking care of business. So I’m picking a day when I can say “no” to all requests to look forward to. An at-home mani/pedi sounds good too.
How do you catch your breath?