It has been a long time since I wrote a blog. My last post was actually on March 30th of this year.
I woke up this morning with that on my mind – the fact that it had been so long since I did something that truly brings me joy. What happened?
It wasn’t until I was at breakfast with a friend that I heard myself say, “By February I was completely out of gas. I was exhausted. I was simply running on fumes.”
That was the truth…my truth. March, April, May, June…fumes.
And when you are running on fumes things suffer. My lessons fell way behind (as a matter of fact, we are re-doing the Middle Ages because we didn’t get close to finishing it). Projects that I was so excited to complete, never was attempted and several field trip outings just didn’t happened. I was exhausted.
Later on that evening my hubby took me out on a date in Georgetown. A ‘my type of date’ as he said we would just walk around and see where we land. Where we landed for dinner was & Pizza to enjoy delicious, made-to-order vegan pizza, a first for him. As I was filling up our drinks from the soda fountain something odd happened. All of a sudden, my balance was off. When I looked down, I saw my right shoe broke. The bottom of it simply detached itself and came off. I was shocked!
I hobbled back to the table, laughing at the ridiculousness of it all and showed Khari my broken shoe. “Well, I guess this date is now going to include shoe shopping.” There was a shoe store right across the street that we went to.
As I was walking along, lopsided, I was reminded of my earlier discovery…the fact that I was exhausted and worn out…just like these shoes.
That night as we continued our date, I learned some pretty valuable lessons I plan to incorporate as the new year approaches so I can stay fueled.
1.When things don’t go the way you plan…laugh. One of the things I am planning to do in this up coming school-year is laugh at the failures that will come. When my shoe broke, I laughed (instead of cried) and I didn’t try to hid it and cover it up either. Life happens, and when it does I plan to laugh and keep on moving.
2. If you need to make a change, look for a simpler and cost effective solution – it usually will work better for you. The closest shoe store was a sneaker store. I really am not a sneaker kind of girl. That, given the fact that we weren’t planning on spending $100.00 on shoes that night got me thinking…I bet I could break my left shoe just like my right. That is exactly what I did. I turned my wedges into flats. I knew that would do the trick.
But it didn’t. In the middle of a cross walk, they completely fell apart. At this point, Khari was ready to call it quits but I was determined to keep going (plus, I had Ben & Jerry’s in my sight). We went to a CVS and found the only pair of shoes they had. And we were able to continue on.
Sometimes the solution will be out-of-the-box and the thing you most least expect – but it may be the very best solution for you. My feet were happy and we were able to continue our date. So think out-of-the-box!
3. Don’t hesitate to share the load – your partner is more than happy to help. One of the stops we made was to Amazon Bookstore. I had to go to the restroom but my Peeps were not thrilled about venturing in the bathroom. It has an awful odor and the floor was…well you get my drift. When I told Khari I would wait he said, “No you don’t have to — let’s switch, take my shoes.” What a gift! Not only did he allow me to use the bathroom but he reminded me that sharing the load is crucial!
As I plan for the 2018-2019 school year and all it has to offer, I plan to hold these truths close to my mind and my heart so I take things in stride and stay fueled for the journey. I hope my lessons learned on Date Night can encourage you as well!
What things to you do or put in place so you don’t run out of steam? Share in the comment section below.
Until next time,
Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed