Do you ever have weeks that feel like a roller coaster? Up and down, up and down – and sometimes loop de loop!
It’s a good thing I love roller coasters because these past couple of weeks have been one crazy ride.
My fab biz partner Suzie left Project Me. And I was down.
Then all of the positive words of support came flooding in via email, phone calls and comments under the blog. (Thank you!) I was back up again!
Then I faced big challenges in creating the sales page and all of the other working parts that go into the upcoming Power Pal Pack. I feel like I’ve been working on this for ever and I’d desperately wanted to launch it now. Down again.
So I decided to do something I knew would cheer me up. I headed to the theme park with my 11 year old and rode roller coasters all day! (That’s us in the photo – soaring high in the sky in the outskirts of Madrid. Weeee!)
For Christmas I’d given my kids homemade vouchers they could redeem for experiences, rather than ‘things’. At their age they have all the things they need! The experience vouchers were a huge hit.
And the standout favourite was… a Date With Mum!
My younger son decided to cash his in last week – and away we headed to the Parque de Attracciones.
Having one on one time with your child is priceless. (tweet that!)
Lately he’s been withdrawing from handholding (at age 11 it’s becoming too embarrassing), but he grasped my hand firmly as we excitedly entered the theme park. We had a total blast.
And during that time I didn’t think about work. I didn’t check my emails or Facebook. I didn’t worry about my unfinished sales page. It was just he and I together, holding hands and laughing.
Before bed I had a peek on the Project Me site and saw an unusually high amount of traffic – and that there were loads of new subscribers to the Monday Motivator newsletter! (Is THIS the reward I get for taking a day off?!)
I realised that a guest blog I’d submitted to Tiny Buddha a few months ago was published! It’s about how I like to think of my mind as a garden that needs tending. I wrote about what I do to keep a worry-free, healthy mindset.
I woke up the next day to even more sign ups (yay!) and decided to email one of my business BFF’s, Helen from Clutter Rescue. I wanted her advice on the launch my Power Pair Pack the following week. As much as I didn’t want to delay it any longer, I’m going away for four days with DJ Daddy at the end of the week to celebrate our 16 year wedding anniversary (kiddie-free!), and I was concerned I’d end up working during this break.
Bizarrely, just as I was typing the first line to Helen, a message came in from her asking me for advice!
I live in Spain and she’s in Australia, so the whole thing was pretty spooky – but we hopped on Skype and I quickly had my answer. Helen knows from experience that launching any product needs a lot of attention and you can’t just skip off on holiday three days later – unless you’ve got customer service coverage, which I don’t.
I felt a sense of disappointment that it’ll put the long anticipated launch back by two whole weeks, but that was quickly replaced by sweet relief.
My ‘date’ with my son helped me remember how great it is to be fully present and connected. I want the same for this anniversary trip with my hubby. He’s been on a roller coaster himself with work. It’ll be great for us both to switch off and enjoy this precious time together.
Having one on one time with your man is priceless too.
In the comments below, tell us what you do when life is like a roller coaster? Do you scream and hang on for dear life, or throw your hands in the air and enjoy the ride?
With practical tools to overcome overwhelm and get on top of your endless to-do’s, soon life will feel less crazy and you'll be the patient, happy mama you crave to be.
Latest posts by Kelly Pietrangeli (see all)
- How to Get Out Of A Kitchen Rut and Love Feeding Your Family - October 20, 2014
- Create Your Project ME In 3 Easy Steps - September 26, 2014
- The Back to School – Back to ME Challenge - September 1, 2014