Looking for a pause

a moments pause in the garden with a cup of chamomile tea

Are you looking for a pause? I’m sat drinking a cup of tea, I’ve just done half an hour of yoga and am taking five minutes to decompress after a busy day. A driving lesson followed by 5 hours of non-stop work, on my one full ‘work day’. Trying to get as much done as I possibly can whilst I have the house to myself.

This whole week has been busy. It’s so wonderful to have a full diary again, to have places to go, to be able to get out of Wrexham, and to not just be home. There’s been lots of time with my friends this week, I even managed to get out on Saturday night for a girlie dinner, with no kiddos! Then picnics, takeaways, more friends, lots of work, home ed groups, pick your own… it really has been a full-on week.

I’ve learned that balance is key. Full-on weeks like this are wonderful, I love to be busy, love to be work, love to be with friends and family. I also love downtime. A time to pause and breathe. To sit back and not have to do anything.

Whereas once I’d avoid whole days at home, with no plans, no company, nowhere to go. Now I embrace them. They don’t come around very often, so when they do I soak up every single moment of them.

Even in the midst of busy days, weeks, months… there are moments to be found. I’ve taught myself to seek out even five minutes peace amidst the chaos. I’m always looking for a pause.

Five minutes, cup of tea, in the garden. Breeze on my face, the sound of birdsong in my ears, the sun {or rain} shining down on me. Letting my thoughts come and go. Breathing in and out. Zoning out and forgetting the to-do list, the worries, the timekeeping, just for a little while.

We’re not designed to live life at 100 miles an hour. Slow down. Savour life. LIfe in the moment. Don’t let it pass you by while you are too busy to notice.

There is always a pause if you look for it.

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