Readers often send questions via the comment section or via my email. I think others might like the answer to the question as well so I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
Of all the questions I get asked, I think this is the most common one “How do I have all all the energy?” In fact I recently got a comment from Debbie, “…So I guess I wonder how you squeak in time to sew and blog, etc. You have so much fun with your little ones, and then keeping up with home and family. ( For me, I am physically done about 8:00 after working a full day, then picking up my 19 month grandson at day care, then dinner and such.) Do you have any tricks or tips to share?”
My life is so different from most people. I am a in home childcare provider.-I don’t commute to or from work. That gives me so much extra time.
-Seven hours of sleep is good week days. Weekends 8 hours is better.
-I don’t nap EVER.
-I don’t watch television except for about an hour two nights a week and then I stitch.
-I wake an hour earlier than needed on weekdays and sew.
-I get some of my cleaning, laundry and cooking done during over nap time.
-I am busy even if I’m tired.
I am just a person who has no problem fighting the “call of a couch”. I never saw my parents sit on the couch…EVER! I never saw my mom nap….EVER! I can likely count the times on my hand that I even saw my Dad in the living room…mom too for that matter.
I can say the same for Hubby’s mom.
I have never thought that napping or “relaxing” is normal. I have never seen that as my “norm”. My siblings are much the same way. We are all always puttering away at something. It is so fun to get together with all of them. They are all kindred spirits. It’s a huge show and tell of things we’re working on or doing. All of my brothers have more than one income source. We aren’t content with a single job. We are just not idle people. We’re on the move and when you’re constantly on the move things constantly get done. For all of us, this is normal.
I think busyness is somewhat of a trait that goes with farm raised kids. On the farm there was always something to do.
For some people, this would all be tiring..not sitting down…not “relaxing” as people do now days. I relax..I relax a lot. It’s just that most of my relaxing is done on a chair next to a sewing machine. I love-love-love mindless sewing. It is WAY more relaxing that any television, couch or chair.
Until Hubby and I watched Longmire on Netflix this year we have NEVER watch a series of a television show. I do admit to watching Downton Abbey too…but that’s it.
I don’t know that the word that describes me is “energized”. I think the words that better describe me is “in constant motion”.
That’s the best I can tell you….