Hello dear readers, It feels like a long time since I wrote. Finally sitting on our porch swing, winter is over, no signs of snow, nice day weather-wise. No snow is a good day for me so that is a pretty low bar for a good day, I know!:)
Been sitting here, swinging, with a thought.. How much is too much? How do you know when you are taking on too much? I am someone who likes to do a lot of different things, and I like to move them forward simultaneously. To explain what I mean, the three pronged goals of life, at least for me, are career, personal and relationships.
Recently, I have taken on few additional leadership roles at work, that includes running a forum for busy engineers and another big task which involves learning a lot of material really quick and supporting various assessments. This is on top of my usual workload which is already hectic including travel. Speaking of which I have a big work trip next week.
Personally, some of you know but my husband had a ski injury recently and had a ACL knee surgery, last week. So, been taking care of him as he currently can’t walk very well. He is someone with a very high pain tolerance, and coming from him that it is painful is really hard for me to see. I also started a house project to put hardware in the kitchen cabinets (all-white), have marked all of the cabinets and drawers for where I need to drill, that took three hours over the weekend (right after hubby’s surgery)
Don’t know why I thought it was a good time, but I started it.. Well, maybe because I knew I would be home for an extended period of time with said hubby. I did the cooking, dishes and cleaning as well, and telling him not to go anywhere while I went grocery shopping..followed with ‘wait you can’t go anywhere anyway..:P’ He is a trooper though, he takes a joke well! 😉
And I love writing, so writing posts consistently has been sort of in the back burner in the light of current events going on. My passion for writing keeps me coming back and it is a great stress release for me, and to be able to connect with my readers.
Relationship-wise, I had not been reaching out to the people in my life that are important to me as much. I guess it is understandable under current circumstance, which is what I told myself. Reached out to a few people since I had been feeling overwhelmed with everything going on. I had a little meltdown to the ears of one of my friends, who listened patiently and talked with me till I started laughing again at her jokes. She is a good friend and I am grateful for friends like those.
In between doing dishes, cooking food, prepping for my travel next week, looking at the unfinished cabinets, I still feel buried and tired and overwhelmed. I have been told I am somewhat of an achiever, I know that, but I feel tired and overwhelmed. Not sure, why I can’t just rest like ..i don’t want to say ‘normal’ people, but I can’t think of a word. I am constantly doing something. Have I been taking on too much? Stretching myself too thin? These are my raw thoughts and feelings.
In the era of multitasking and doing it all, I wonder –HOW much is TOO much? When do you know you have taken on too much? How do you relax? & How do you strike a balance between personal, professional and relationship goals? I would love to know your thoughts or words of wisdom in the comments below.
As Always, Stay Curious & Have a Peaceful Day!
PS: The featured picture is the one I took yesterday while taking a walk around the neighborhood lake to clear my mind.