15 Minutes

My life has become 15 minute intervals… and it’s working.  I look around and there is so much to get accomplished in a day.  The house needs to be cleaned, dinner needs to be made, resumes need to be sent out, phone calls need to be made,Robert needs to be played with, let the dog in, let the dog out, let the dog in…   It can get a bit overwhelming, and lately a bit paralyzing where it seems there is so much to do I can’t do it all so it paralyzes me.  So I started doing things 15 minutes at a time.  In 15 minutes I can:
— take a shower
— make Robert lunch
— prep part of the dinner meal
— unload and load the dishwasher
— gather a load of laundry and get it started
— download job leads
— respond to leads I’ve downloaded

You get the picture.  It’s actually been very freeing.  It lets me accomplish something quickly so I feel like SOMETHING is DONE and I can move forward.

I’m cooking dinner every night this week.  I think I’ve mentioned that.  There are a couple of reasons for that but the foremost was this was a way that I could show love to Jim.  He does most of our cooking and does a good job.  This week he is teaching close enough that he can have a bit of an extended commute (still less than an hour each way) but still be home every night.  I knew it would be easier for him if he didn’t get home and have to make dinner too.  Since I’m cooking I decided I wanted to really try to make healthier meals and fix things that he likes even if I don’t like them and won’t eat them.  The past two nights he has really enjoyed the meals.  Last night he asked if I was enjoying making them.  The answer is no.  I don’t like to cook, I really don’t.  And making an entire meal gets stressful… like last night I had three things going at once and it makes me nervous and flustered… I don’t like being out of my element.  But today when I was prepping veggies I realized there is one part that I have enjoyed.  The prep time has become my meditation time.  My time to mentally process things, think and pray on them.  Meditation through meal making.

With that… my 15 minutes here is up.  Time to jump in the shower so Robert and I can meet friends at the park for some play time.

I’ll leave you with one of my new favorite pictures.  I love his smile.



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