Now that I have been baking and cooking at Murray's Coffee Bar 6 days a week for more than a month now I have so many lessons learned about time and energy in any given day. Now my daily schedule is much different than it was a bit more than a month ago. 6 days a week I wake up at 4am, get ready for the day and I arrive at the coffee shop around 5:45am to start work for the day. I leave most days between 1:30 and 2:20 so that I can be back at the bus stop to pick up my son from school. Now I find myself treasuring and appreciating time at home more than ever.
The first week at the shop I think that I overextended myself, trying to do too many projects at home after I came home from work. I ended up a bit burned out that week, so now when I come home I allow myself some time to have a snack, a cup of tea and relax before seeing what's on my "at home" to do list. I allow myself quite a bit of time for the "scatterbrain" to wear off before I am able to tackle dinner or other after work tasks. Some days I'm able to do a few more things than others, but I have learned to let things go as I know I can do them tomorrow if they are not urgent.
I am extremely grateful that I decluttered my home so much right before starting up at the coffee shop. It has helped me clean and maintain my home in much less time every day as there isn't as much stuff to deal with and I know where everything goes. Everything has a home and a resting place. I love that!
For quite some time, my son and I have had a "special snack" on Wednesdays. We go out to a restaurant to eat, chat and "do stories" as he likes to say. He loves to come up with stories where we both have roles and we imagine we are in a different world. This is such a fantastic and precious day to us both. I treasure each Wednesday that we set aside to connect and be in an imaginary world.
I have noticed the joys of my garden again this spring and have started to create a manageable plan for having a few flowers out front that are easy to water and just a few things in the back yard to take care of as well. I absolutely love gardening, but I can get carried away, then not have the time or energy to take care of it. Also, I am delegating summer garden watering to my son now. :)
I am learning about working to keep in touch with others, make plans and be mindful of the things that matter most. My friends and family are very important to me, so even though I am working a lot of hours I have learned how blessed I am and to not take those times with them for granted either.
Each early morning as I leave for the coffee shop I am able to look at my pretty little flower garden of a few pots that I planted on the deck and in our front yard planter and smile, knowing that I took some time to do that and it brought me and others joy.
I may not do as many projects now, but I am able to choose them with joy and know in my heart that they are right for me in this moment. I am doing my life's work with food at the coffee shop and I am learning to balance that with being blessed with such a lovely home and family. I truly could not ask for more!
I'd love to hear your blessings of time!