I keep re-learning the same lessons over and over…

My last post was in September. I was hoping to do better.

Here’s what happened: I got busy. I was spending every spare moment I had working. I need to not do that. After all…all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

So, here’s what’s been happening. We had the wedding. It was wonderful. This was the first of many new memories we hope to make at this new property.

After this happened we went on a family vacation to Idaho.

Then…things got super busy. Mainly because it wasn’t. Let me explain…

I own a small store that sells tabletop games. Board Games, Card Games, etc. We sell literally NOTHING that people need to live. Everyone started doing their back to school shopping and things got slow. SUPER Slow. So, I started working on all sorts of projects that could help things out. Adding stuff into inventory that we’d bought and never processed, getting our inventory reorganized. And all that took TONS of time.

The next thing I knew it was almost the end of November. The year was almost over, and I didn’t remember what had happened in the last several weeks. It was a blur of sleep, work my day job, work my small business, repeat. My business partners were telling me I’m putting much time in, so were my parents, my friends, and most importantly my wife.

It’s not like I didn’t do other things, but they were wedged into my life and weren’t that relaxing. I hadn’t taken a break and I was burned out. It’s a thing I do…repeatedly. Somewhere in here were several birthday parties (including my own), several Sounders games, and a bunch of other things that should have been bright spots but I was so stressed and busy I don’t remember much of it.

At the beginning of December Jessie and I took four days and went away from everything. We spent four days where I didn’t have to worry about anything. We did some shopping for Christmas and spent the rest of several blustery days on the Olympic Peninsula just watching movies in our condo and just letting ourselves get bored. It was wonderful.

So, here we are at the end of the year. Well, almost. Tomorrow is the end of the year and we’re going over to my parents house for a belated Christmas party. I have goals for the new year. There are many things I want to do and work towards. But for 2019, what I endeavor to do more of is just relax, let go of things I can’t control and spend more time at home.

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