Today has been better.
I woke up feeling surly and tired because I definitely didn’t get enough sleep (7ish hours, but I needed more). BUT my run felt good, the morning actually went more smoothly (!), and I have plenty to do today but it feels manageable and mostly fun, so yay.
I also started reading this book, which was recommended to me years ago but has sat on my shelf waiting for the right moment, I guess:
I mean, it’s true. Everything ISN’T terrible. I need to take my own advice and zoom in a little — focus on each day (perhaps each hour) during a more stressful period. That doesn’t mean forgoing longer term planning and strategizing (this remains essential), but not KEEPING my focus on the long view or the bigger projects I am working on for longer than I need to.
Running metaphor: I should try to be in each training run, rather than always thinking about the race.
Some Soccer Details . . .
SPORTS PARENTS! Thank you so much for the tips. A few details I didn’t include, but perhaps should have just to provide a complete picture:
1- I often don’t take C to soccer practice – especially if the other two have to be somewhere. Our nanny tends to drive him and then Josh meets there to take him home (the practice location is essentially on our nanny’s way home, so this helps her plus then Josh gets to see a bit of practice). I’m thinking I will to be the primary soccer driver for one practice/week so I can have some involvement.
2- Because our weather is often bad right now, lightning alarms will go off in the middle of practice and it can be cancelled at any moment. SOOO drop off doesn’t work. A carpool might, but I have reached out our WhatsApp chat and no one seemed excited to carpool (maybe they will once the novelty of watching wears off!?!). I do however feel like I should be at (most?) games, whenever it is possible – sometimes it isn’t because the other two have something (gymnastics or piano – both are Saturdays).
3- I’m honestly glad he’s doing it. I just feel overwhelmed about the sheer volume added to the family calendar. I think Kae pointed out that every weekend does not include a tournament and that’s a very good point. There are several tournament weekends but most weekends contain just one game.
(Also this is a year-long commitment – August to June! That in itself feels a bit scary.)
Erika and Kelsey NAILED it with this one I thought:
Such a tough topic, and so thoughtfully and graciously discussed.
Kelsey is a self-identified compassionate atheist (with a Christian upbringing) and Erika is Christian with an evangelical upbringing who continues to practice her faith, but on her own terms.
I would probably describe myself similarly to Kelsey. I identify as Jewish more as a cultural descriptor than a religion though I still find it valuable / fun to practice some of the traditions and share with our kids in a secular way. I also think it would be good to teach them about other faiths and traditions, just to have a broader view and understanding of others — we probably haven’t done enough of this yet. They do get some of this at school, which has students and teachers from a fairly wide array of faith / cultural backgrounds.
I loved how both Kelsey and Erika are very respectful of others’ traditions, and I feel that way myself. I love how many traditions are rooted in kindness and community and I would never disparage another’s faith. ANYWAY. Great episode on a tough topic.