Getting a Routine – Don’t break the chain!
New Routine – The Seinfeld Show was one of my favorite shows to watch with my husband when I moved to the US. Seinfeld says once you pick a goal you shouldn’t “break the chain” referring to consecutive days when you successfully reached that goal, and last week was one of getting a routine and things back in place with the boys’daily schedule.
As hard to believe as it can be keeping the boys’ Feng Shui and evening routines in place is one of my biggest challenges as a mom. I guess it has to do with numbers: they are 3 and I am one! Kidding aside somehow something happens and next thing I know it’s 7PM and we’re still talking about homework, shower time and what’s coming up next. So, this week I made the decision to not let it slip through the cracks and I set myself to keep things going as they should – get them from school, snack, homework, playtime, dinner, bed routine. No arguments, no negotiations, just do it. Of course the boys weren’t happy about it as they are used to daily “negotiations” on whether this or that can be done later, but taking my “challenge” one day at a time did help me land on Friday night with a “unbroken” chain!
Just like I decided to go for my 2 times a day 15″ walk and stop working to have lunch daily, I decided to simply stick to my routine daily and not accept variations, crying, arguing, whining of any sort. Easy? No. I hate whining! But, once things started to stick the kids felt there’s just no wiggle room and got it done. By Thursday one of the twins said to his younger brother: “dude, just do it. She won’t change her mind!” That was a minute when I felt victory was closer!
Halloween – we had a super fun Halloween and the boys had a blast. A friend invited me to walk with them and their children and we enjoyed watching them run from home to home collecting their goodies. As Addie still can’t walk well he sat by the door, with a perfect zombie make up on and passed candy to the trick-or-treaters. My friend kindly brought a bottle of wine and disposable cups which made the walk all more pleasant and next thing I knew we were back home to count the treats!
A good friend is in town – Katie Mazzocco and I joined Feng Shui and took the class “How to Become a Professional Organizer – 101″ with Professional Organizer Feng Shui at the same time. We also joined NAPO WDC Chapter on the same month and we soon connected and became good friends and started exchanging ideas, sharing rooms at NAPO conferences and helping each other with our businesses. Katie was one of the good friendships I left behind when I moved from MD to DC, so imagine my happiness when I checked my phone and saw a message that said: I am in San Diego! She was in LV for the weekend and ended up here after all flights were cancelled due to Sandy. We had a great time together on Friday and I was so happy to have my good friend and colleague close again. I really miss my great DC Chapter organizers! Here is a photo of Julie, myself and Feng Shui last March.
Thanksgiving is coming up and we’ll be hosting my husband’s family – a total of 15 adults and 5 kids! I will start preparing for my guests, for the shopping and getting the house cleaned and organized to have everyone in town. Addie is researching recipes and I’ll enjoy watching him prepare everything!
The upcoming week will be lots of fun. First I’m starting a small renovation to include a door between the master bedroom and bath. According to Feng Shui not having that separation can have very negative impact on the family and the couple’s relationship, so a door is coming up (plus, who makes a bathroom without doors anyway!?). Second, I have not one, but two field trips with the boys this week and is always a fun time to spend with them and finally, I will be back working with my adorable clients after a much needed pause.
How is your daily routine going? Could it be improved by enforcing it with a loving approach of “one-day-at-a-time” mindset?
Please share with me what would you try to change in your routine that would make your life easier!
Wishing you a wonderful week!