Like I mentioned yesterday, I am pretty good at not getting around to things that feed my soul. But as part of my birthday weekend, some fabulous ladies reminded me how much I love and benefit from those things. On Saturday, my mom took me (and my sister in laws) to see a play put on by our dear and amazing friends in MA. Ahhhh, theater. I have a thing for you!
Then last night, my sister-in-law took me to see Regina Spektor for my birthday! The lighting was pretty harsh, and we only had our phones. But I had to document it! 🙂
This year, I am working on making sure I get out with friends more often. As a homeschooling mama, who works her other part time job at home (I’m a private music teacher), I forgot how much I need a consistent time out. It changes me. For the better. When I go out and do a little bit of what I love, what makes me, Me.
I already have my next couple outings planned. I have to be very deliberate and plan these things ahead. With homeschooling three grades (one is in high school), teaching twelve piano students, and then running my ballerina and other kids to activities, it takes some thought.
But I know what the reward is. I know that sometimes it is harder than other times to make these kinds of plans. For financial reasons, life season reasons, or even depression. However, for myself, it is way to easy to assume that this season is just “one of those times.” The thing is, if I saw myself as a priority, an $18 ticket to a community show is not that hard to come up. If I chose to bake muffins instead of buying them on the way somewhere, crockpot a meal ahead of time instead of buying pizza, that life-giving experience can be mine. It’s really about perspective.
And if you are at all like me, having a friend who says “let’s do it!” makes it easier to move this stationary train forward. I’ll be telling you about some of my awesome friends tomorrow. But this sister in law is one of them! 🙂