As I sat down to write this post I was thinking about how busy I am this time of year. With all the gardening, harvesting, preserving, cooking, baking, cleaning, blogging, deadlines, and of course work, it can start to feel a little overwhelming. I sometimes wonder how I keep up (as do my readers). I find it relaxing to clean and bake, to garden and cook. I also don’t like to sit still, which really helps. There are little things I do throughout the day that make it all less stressful. Probably the most important thing I do to keep it all from getting to be too much is to make sure I take some time each day to notice the little things. Even if it’s only a short stroll by the front garden, it’s so relaxing to see things like a spiderweb, the way the sun is hitting a particular plant or flower at that specific moment, a butterfly that has just emerged from her cocoon and cannot yet fly, the shape of a specific bloom or how the flowers peek from behind the fence. Thankfully, I usually have my camera with me to capture the little things that bring me joy and help keep me sane.
Somehow these little moments help ground me, they make me stop and think and they help me slow down, I find myself rejuvenated and able to accomplish more each day by taking a few moments of quiet time.
What do you do to make your busy days more bearable? What helps rejuvenate you during the crazy times in your life?
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