I’m back from winter holidays, feeling rested and better than ever!
Something I am loathe to admit is that I need more rest. In the fall when Dexter started kindergarten and my teaching picked up again, I started to have really painful muscle tension in my shoulders and neck. Nothing new to somebody who is often sitting or also in front of a computer a lot. I figured it would go away, like it always has.
It didn’t.
After a few months, I finally broke down and went to see my Acupuncturist (don’t tell me what he does, all I know is that it works). Usually after a few sessions, I’m all better and back at it.
Not this time.
It’s strange, because it’s not like I wasn’t able to do my job or have fun or fulfil my commitments. All of that was still happening. I was just sore and achy all the time. I don’t usually sit around feeling “tired” and overwhelmed, so it didn’t feel like either of those things. Yet… I wasn’t getting better.
I decided I needed to take Dr. Jiang’s advice, which was that I simply had to rest more.
Upon relaying this to a friend (who is also a client of Dr. Jiang’s), I asked, “What does rest even MEAN?” She answered, “I think you’re supposed to watch Netflix and not do anything else at the same time.”
In an effort to follow doctor’s orders, I started cancelling things. Slowly, but surely… it worked! I graduated from Acupuncture (he’ll tell you when you don’t have to come back anymore) before Christmas, and then I’ve been coasting along ever since. Had an excellent holiday with a parade of friends, and then we took off to Palm Springs with Dan & Leanne for some warmer, dedicated relax time.
This is what it looked like, hiking around Joshua Tree National Park.
Very strange to walk all around the desert!
We rented a fantastic retro bungalow.
It had superb decor, a wonderful kitchen that we cooked out of (ate so much avocado and home made pizza), and an amazing salt water pool! We splashed daily and worked out of the home office you see below:

There were other adventures, like the boys taking a trip to the Air Museum.

Checking out wild animals at the zoo.

And le pièce de résistance… going to LEGOLAND and meeting Emmet!

Theme parks is definitely not something I put on the top of any of my priority lists, but the kids had such a fabulous time. I’m really glad we made the trek. The park is actually perfect for kids aged 5ish, and Alice was able to go on most of the rides too.

Most of all it was a treat to hang out with our dear friends (miss them already, as they are back in NYC), and be together as a family without entertaining anybody else. It’s so rare that Don is around to help feed kids breakfast and change diapers, or put Alice down for a nap. We were able to just be a normal family having adventures together – Ideal.
Now that I’m back and feeling like I have some manner of equilibrium happening, I’m wondering how long this will last. One thing is for sure, I’m going to continue to have and reinforce my boundaries.
Here’s to successfully achieving maximum work-life balance in 2015!