Needing it NOW

On my flight home from Brisbane today, I had a light-bulb moment. I didn’t have any work that needed to be done during the flight, and I didn’t bring a book, so it  was the perfect time just to sit. And to think. IMG_5994 I started making a list of things that Mr BBB and I have going on at the moment, and what a list it turned out to be:

  • My half ironman training is stepping up a notch
  • My job is really busy at the moment and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon
  • Mr BBB has moved into a management role in his job and is also busy with increased work hours (and responsibility)
  • We have a wedding to attend in a few weeks, and I am helping make the cupcakes
  • We are almost arriving at the ‘party season’ with work and other functions starting to make their way into my diary
  • I need to do our taxes – or should I say – I ‘must’ do our taxes
  • We are living at Mr BBB’s parent’s house – with our ‘life’ essentially being still packed in boxes
  • Our new house is scheduled for completion in 5 weeks or so.
  • We need to spend a fair bit of money on a new fridge and bedroom setting (amongst other things)
  • We need to organise to have the fences built and carpets / vinyl laid
  • We need to make arrangements for the move
  • We need to landscape the gardens (something I said I would take care of)
  • I need more hours in the day!

As more and more things were added to the list, with a mental calculation of free weekends over the next few months, I could feel a ball of anxiety start to build in my chest. But it was the last few things on my list that made me stop and reflect. Sure, these are all things that will eventually need to be done, but why am I telling myself that they need to be done now? I did not have an answer to this question. It is my ‘need it now’ attitude that means I can be my own worst enemy at times. While I am not an outwardly stressful person, I have this nasty little habit of letting things build up on the inside. Which is not good for a multitude of reasons. So, I decided to make a new list (hey I am a list gal!), to see me through the next few months:

  • My half ironman training is stepping up a notch, but I shouldn’t put too much pressure on myself if I miss a scheduled workout. Consistency and FUN are the key!
  • My job is really busy at the moment and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. I have juniors that I can delegate too if needed.
  • Mr BBB has moved into a management role in his job and is also busy with increased work hours (and responsibility). We need to make sure that we schedule some ‘us’ time at this busy time.
  • We have a wedding to attend in a few weeks, and I am helping make the cupcakes. This will be fun – and I am sure there will be plenty of people to help if needed.
  • We are almost arriving at the ‘party season’ with work and other functions starting to make their way into my diary. I shouldn’t feel obliged to attend all of them.
  • I need to do our taxes – or should I say – I ‘must’ do our taxes. I am going to sit down and do them this weekend!
  • We are living at Mr BBB’s parent’s house – with our ‘life’ essentially being still packed in boxes. It is only for 5 more weeks – and it will be like Christmas when we get to open all the boxes and unpack our belongings! 
  • Our new house is scheduled for completion in 5 weeks or so – which is so very very exciting!
  • We need will have to spend a fair bit of money on a new fridge and bedroom setting (amongst other things). All in good time. This is the house we plan to spend the next 20 years in – so big decisions re furniture don’t need to be rushed.
  • We need should look into organising to have the fences built and carpets / vinyl laid. A simple phone-call should be able to get this underway.
  • We need should be prepared to make arrangements for the move. But be patient – we don’t even have the actual completion date yet. 
  • We need will have fun landscaping the gardens (something I said I would take care of). But there is no need to rush.
  • I need would love more hours in the day – but the 24 we have will do just fine! 

Now THIS is a list that I can live with. Priorities and planning = a stress free environment. P4210303 One thing I did need today, or should I say my legs did, was a rest day. And I loved every minute of it! I cant stress enough how important rest days are when training – and not just for the body, but also for the brain. I also took a rest from cooking – when I discovered that I had leftover quinoa salad and tofu in the fridge.  IMG_0966  Combined with a toasted sandwich on the side (oops unpictured), it ended up being the perfect ‘easy’ dinner.  IMG_0968 Now I believe some Commonwealth Games watching is calling my name. For what better way to finish a rest day than by watching finely-tuned athletes do their thing! What about you? Are you a “need it now” person? What are your strategies for keeping sane (and happy!) during busy times? Happy Baking 🙂

14 thoughts on “Needing it NOW

  1. Good on you, Lisa. Thinking through the anxieties and working out a "game plan" is an incredibly valuable skill that a lot of us lack… myself including a lot of the time, as I tend to let stress just pile up!

    That said, if there is *anything* I can do to help you out in the coming months, let me know! If you need help moving things to your place or anything, or someone to bring over quinoa salad when you're sick and tired of choosing furnishings… let me know 🙂

  2. Rest days are super important – glad you mentioned it!
    I bake when I'm stressed – I love spending time in the kitchen so it makes me a happier person when I'm baking. 🙂

  3. I'm glad you were able to put your list in perspective. I always feel overwhelmed when I make a list, that is until I get rid of the things that aren't first priority. Rest days are important, I enjoy every one of them.

  4. I am totally a NOW person!!!! But I have to just relax and KNOW that God is in control! This is such an awesome post tho. amen to so many things. have a great weekend!

  5. Hi Lisa,

    What a wonderful post. I love how you changed everything to make it more positive,and realistic. Even though I don't work and really don't have too much on my agenda I can still manage to make myself feel overwhelmed with everything I want to do. I'm trying to remind myself it doesn't all have to be done today – most of my project will wait weeks, months or even years if need be. We all definitely need to stop and smell the roses – life goes past fast enough as it is.

    Libby

  6. Good for you for slowing down enough to think. Don't worry about making things happen 'now'. We went 2 years with cement floors in the living areas of our new house as we didn't have the money to get the wood flooring we wanted and decided not to 'settle' on second best. It was worth every second, and with a cheap rug down you didn't notice anyway. Take your time, you want to be happy with the end result for the long term.

  7. Writing a to-do list is one of the best things one can do. You are doing it smartly, don't put too big pressure on yourself, you would be nervous all the time that way. And don't worry, in few weeks you will be happily settled in your new home and nothing of this will even cross your mind.

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