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I Almost Didn't Go

Tuesday, August 11, 2015




...I need some yoga...
....or a soak in the hot tub...
...or a manicure....
...or some dark chocolate...
...or a couple hours of ESPN....
...or a nap in the hammock...
....or a long twilight run...

ok actually....change all those OR's to AND's....

you get the picture...yea it's been a LONG week. 

This summer has kinda been all-work-and-no-play aaaannndddd....frankly.....it's taking it's toll. 
I've never been more of a believer in the theory of BALANCE in LIFE (even though every one of my family members and friends have been trying to preach that to me for the past ten years:).

I'm coming to find (the hard way) that balance in life is SO critical. Yea, it's not always easy to find that balance....I'll be honest...i suck at it...but I'm trying. I have A LOT of thoughts on this topic that I'm still putting together upstairs....so wait for it...it's coming. For now though, there's the weekend example that reminded me of this very principle....

After a long week of work, I had only a short weekend to do everything I needed to do to prep for another long week of work traveling. Yea, welcome to Anna stressed, running around like a chicken with her head cut off, and still feeling like she's not getting anything done.

And then I get that phone call.

"Hey Anna"
"Oh hey Mom"
"We're heading out to spend some time as a family....we're going blueberry picking...we'd love to have you..."

eeeeerhhhhhhhh

moment of truth....moment of truth

That list...that long long list that every girl knows, with everything you have to do, but don't have the time in the world to ever get done....goes through my head....and I'm still stressed...and I'm still overwhelmed....but I also still know....that it's the moments like this that matter....and it's the times like this that create the much-needed balance in life.

I almost didn't go.

But in that moment, I decided to let go....to breathe.....to let the list be the list....and to chose to live my life instead. To live it a little more the way it should be lived.....enjoying the small happinesses that life offers. The day worked itself out...and in return, I got to spend a BEAUTIFUL summer evening picking luscious blueberries with my family and I believe....i came away from that time...more refreshed and prepared for the stressful week ahead of me than I would have if I had stayed back and focused only on the loads of laundry, hours of packing, and demanding assignments. 


Take time to breathe.

Let yourself go.

Find BALANCE.




....and go pick blueberries....









Define Your Today

Monday, August 3, 2015





Sunday night....time to blog....and I'm typing this...on my phone...up at Lake Winnepesauke at the Romney's (yes, like Mitt Romney's) lake house. THAT's a change of venue from my typical curled-up-in-bed messy-bun-and-sweats-with-a-cold-glass-of-OJ (my fav;) bloggersphere 
(see what I did there...cmon...you know you loved it haha:)

....Anyways....

more on my lake house life later... for now just excuse the typos...autocorrect and I have a strict love hate relationship;)

Ok...on with this post...


One of my absolute favorite people in this entire beautiful world...(seriously I love this girl SO much)....before we reached bestie status....were having a conversation a long while back and I, for the first time, began breaking down my walls and really opening up to her about the struggles I was facing and kind of venting about life and it's challenges. 
I was getting real with her and I was trusting her with some of my more honest feelings and thoughts. It obviously took me by surprise then, when I'd finished and she paused for a moment and said, "Well, Anna, you're the captain of your own ship."

Okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk



My external reaction.....

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My REAL internal reaction...


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Here I was...bearing my soul for the first time...and that's all I got?? But THEN...as I started thinking about it....I realized that that's EXACTLY what I needed to hear. And it's exactly what I've needed to hear in my mind many times since.

You're the captain of your own ship. Whatever problems come your way, you're ultimately the one who chooses how to face them.....how to react. Choose your course. That's what my best friend taught me that day. That lesson has stuck with me, and over time I've adapted a similar phrase that's become more my own...one that I like to remind myself of daily.

Define your today.

What will you do with the day you've been given? It's in your hands! You're the master of your day. Define it. Take control of it. And forge ahead. Don't let anything hold you back.



 It's yours...so take it!











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