Learning to Slow Down
If there is one thing I’ve learned so far about being a mom of two it’s the value of slowing down. I find it’s the days when I don’t have an agenda and when I’m not in a rush that I enjoy the most.
Like this morning…our plans got cancelled last minute and suddenly I had a morning open to do whatever we wanted. The sunshine was calling me, so we headed to Torrey Pines beach for a walk.
It was really simple, we just strolled along the beach looking at rocks and watching the birds. We didn’t walk far or fast. I just let Sienna lead the pace. It was slow, we stopped a lot and we soaked in the sunshine.
Before having kids, I would have seen the walk as a waste because I didn’t get sweaty or burn lots of calories. I figured if you were going to walk, you mine as well walk fast and make it worth your while. But since then, I have come to appreciate slowing down. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is fascinating and I realized how many little things I would have walked right by.
Like these rocks. We sat and looked at rocks for a solid 5 minutes! Every one was unique and beautiful.
Sienna and I picked them up one by one and studied them. Then she would proceed to show the rock to Capri and to her stuffed dog.
As I continue to adjust to life with two, one of my goals is to simplify my schedule and reduce it down to what is truly essential in order to create more white space on the calendar. More opportunities for times like this morning. It was slow. It was simple. And it was beautiful!
And don’t worry, I got my workout in too. On the way back, Sienna’s shoes began to rub and the rocky parts were too sharp for bare feet, so I ended up carrying her on my back and Capri on my front back to the car. So I burned some major calories and probably looked like a pack mule!