Remember the Roadrunner from Looney Tunes? I'm the suburban mom version of that speedy bird as I zoom through the tasks of my day.
My mom used to tell me to slow down all the time. If I needed to get something done, I would go into turbo mode. Even when I worked as a teenage salesgirl/cashier, I would get into an accelerated pace when things got busy. I think that's why I like to multitask. There is something in me that thrives on juggling through many demands on my time and energy. My kids laugh as they watch me speedily straighten up just before company comes to the house. That's my calorie burning time, I guess.
You would think that my house would stay perfect with my straightening all the time. We definitely have too much stuff that falls this way and that with all these kids.
Lately, I find myself slowing down more and enjoying down time with my family. It's nice to pause and relax even if my to-do list is growing. I'm learning to be a little less roadrunner and a little more tortoise in my approach to the day. The zoom of me isn't going anywhere, but I like putting up my own stop signs once in a while. I need a rest stop to refresh my spirit.
One more thing. At this time of year, most people are trying to avoid calories. I've decided to become an amateur baker. Cookie and cake recipes are dancing around my mind right now. I better be careful with this new hobby. I'm no good with dessert temptation :)