Last September my oldest son, Mattias, began a new school program called HomeQuest, which is a distributed learning program. HomeQuest provides many exciting field trips and workshops, plus full day classes are offered twice a week, and the remainder of learning is done at home. Currently he attends class once a week, plus there’s been plenty of field trips or workshops most Mondays and Fridays, leaving us only two week days to do home school.
It’s an awesome program and he’s had the opportunity for a much more hands on learning, plus his education is tailored to his interests and his style of learning . I have enjoyed watching him learn, but this also means more work involved for me. Planning the units he’ll study each term and providing lessons each week takes up a lot of time! Juggling all that, along with my preschooler, my accounting job, all the boys other activities, and this blog has left me with little to no time for just me. The year before, I was playing ice hockey, but this year our team didn’t register with the league (it has gotten ridiculously expensive for ice!), so I’ve taken the year off hockey. Instead I was trying to attend hot yoga and fitness classes, but I was barely getting there once a week, if that. Somewhere along the way I forgot to make myself important, and was putting everything else first. By December 2015, I was left feeling drained and completely burnt out.
Starting off in 2016, I promised myself to create more ‘me’ time. After all doesn’t a happy mommy mean a happy family? I’m proud to say I’ve been going to my beloved yoga and fitness classes at least four times a week, for the past two months. The classes are heated by an infrared sauna, and I absolutely love it. It’s my time to de-stress, and allows for a time out from the day to day chaos, plus I’m getting a fantastic workout that changes depending on the class I attend. Each class I gain a new skill, and feel such an accomplishment afterwards. Recently I was finally able to balance fully in crow pose and also hold a teddy bear handstand. So now I’ve challenged myself to do the full headstand by my 35th birthday. That’s at the end of March, so I better keep practicing!
Cycling has also become a big part of our family. Nick, my husband, became quite an inspirational cyclist last year, as he cycles to work almost daily, and even through the rainy Winter months! Last year at 3-1/2 years old, we had our youngest biking confidently, without needing training wheels. Now both our boys enjoy weekly 2km bike rides to a nearby park. A few weeks ago on Family Day, we took the boys on a 9km bike ride around Stanley Park in Vancouver. We were thrilled that they both were able to ride that distance and they really enjoyed the challenge. Also recently Nick bought me an early birthday present, my own beautiful road bike! Now we’re planning a cycling trip along the Oregon Coast for his 40th birthday. Another great way for keeping fit and enjoying life.
I’ve also created more ‘me’ time by joining a woman’s book club! When Sandhya asked me to join back in January, my first response was to say no. I already too busy and didn’t need yet another thing on the must do list. But because of my new ‘make time for myself’ mantra, how could I refuse? The idea of joining other women for an evening of discussions, laughter, and wine, definitely intrigued me. The first meet up was last month, and it was interesting discussing the book of the month with others. I’m looking forward to the next meet up this week.
So far my path in 2016 has lead me to make more time for myself, to enjoy the things that make me happy, and to keep working towards being a healthy and strong role model for my children. I like this path I’ve created and I plan to keep on going.