My Calendar is Full

I’ve been a bit radio silent lately.  It’s been for a number of reasons, but the biggest one … I just haven’t had the time.  It’s a shame because through this blog, I’ve realized just how much I enjoy writing.  It’s cathartic to me and something that has become more than a hobby.  Alas, these days, my calendar has been full and there just hasn’t been enough time to do everything I want to do and some things have had to fall by the wayside.  One of them has been my writing.

I love to be busy, but sometimes, it’s just too much.  That’s how it’s been these days.I’m finally learning to understand, it’s not about where you live, but how you live.  And these days, I’m feeling very “American”.  I don’t mean that as a negative stereotype, but I think that as a culture, we tend to over schedule ourselves and that’s where I am.  I started this new school year off with a renewed energy and it’s paying off, almost too much so!

The kids’ schedule is where the most of the chaos lies.  We’ve got activities SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.  Yes, all 7.  And it’s hard to say, ok, let’s give up one.  Aidan’s got 2 sports which isn’t anything over the top.  Liam has therapy 2x per week which is necessary as is his swim lessons (when you live in a place that’s 50% below sea level, you need to be able to swim!).  He also only has fun sports 2x per week.  It’s the not fun stuff that takes up the time but is an unfortunate necessity.  Not to mention, the two of them have different school schedules.  Twice a week I actually do the drive to/from school 3 times in a day. Good times.

But it’s not all about the kids.  Ok, most of it is.  Things have come around socially.  I mentioned that a bit around Thanksgiving I think.  I put myself out there and it’s paid off. If I only had more time to spend with my new friends.  But I’m getting there.  And I finally have a girls’ night planned (this week!) – it only took (more than) a year and a half, but hey, I’m happy it’s finally happening!

Josh and I are also taking more time together.  Meeting for lunch once per week in order to connect more since by the end of the day, we’re pretty wiped out.  While he might not be driving all over creation, that doesn’t mean his day hasn’t been just as intense as mine. We’ve also been making time for more date nights which is equally important.

I’m also taking this time to also do a bit of self analysis (because I’m not busy enough). I’m consumed by the kids’ schedule. Because of our crazy schedule, work has been even more challenging than usual.  But I need work.  But yet, I don’t really like what I do any more.  So I’m looking at our craziness and taking advantage of it.  And so, since things are a bit chaotic now anyways, I decided the time has come to sell my business and focus on the next big thing.  What that is… I have no idea.  It’s starting with a career counselor though.  There’s more to come on that later.

The positive thing about being so busy is that sometimes you manage to forget you are living in a foreign country and just focus on… living.  I feel we’ve been able to integrate more here in the Netherlands even though we loved our lives in Spain a lot more.  If only we could find a happy medium there.

So in a nutshell, you haven’t heard from me because we are very busy living.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t have lots of updates and things to say – I’m just a bit behind in writing them.  Stay tuned… I’ll be back 🙂

Knuffels en kussen,

Julie

5 thoughts on “My Calendar is Full

  1. This sounds oh so familiar. Our kids are allowed to do two after school activities, so with two children, there goes my week. Swimming, ballet, piano, football…it is all too much (as I too work full time and LOVE blogging), but at the same time, they get such enjoyment out of it and it is great for them, social wise. I look forward to the day when they are old enough to make their own way on the bike to their activities so that I can finally retire as taxi chauffeur..

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    • I look forward to the day I can “retire” too! It’s a catch-22… I want to be there to watch them, but I’m so tired of the back and forth and how much of a time suck it is!

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    • It makes you wonder how families that have 2 parents working outside the house manage to make it work! It’s hard enough working from home and doing it! Congrats on the puppy – incredibly jealous over here as we’d love one but the landlord says no 😦

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