Friday, 4 November 2011

Grateful for candles...


I have worked hard this week. I am studying to finish my Cert IV in  Property Services & Real Estate.

I am running round, as always, to make sure the kids are dressed, fed, and happy. They are all still so little. They are my number one priority. I am tethered to their needs and care.

The chores of a family of five do not magically disappear just because I am studying. The ironing basket still fills, and the last time I looked, there wasn't a little band of fairies waiting to empty the dishwasher nor scrub the toilet.

My usual work both at home and in the office still needs to be completed. I am writing to deadlines for work that I am really grateful for.

I still have a husband who wants to talk to me and who wants me to hold his head in my lap whilst we watch repeats of Mad Men with a glass of wine.

And I am enjoying a period of particular dedication to my health. So often, when I am burning my candle at both ends, I fall back into old habits of late night snacking and crappy food choices. An exercise session here or there may get missed. But not this week. I am mindful all the time that my healthy lifestyle cannot get ditched, just because life got busy.

I am grateful for the energy I seem to have managed to generate by eating supportively and exercising well that I know will keep me going over the next month or so.

So, this week I am grateful for candles that burn at both ends.

"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends–
It gives a lovely light!"    

Edna St. Vincent Millay

What are YOU grateful for this week?

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Linking up, as I do, to Maxabella.

17 comments:

  1. Woah lady, you are working so hard! Well done keeping it all going with such great spirits!! x

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  2. I think I need your diet! Well done for getting through the week

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  3. you are inspirational! i loved your description of being tethered to the needs of small people...

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  4. Good for you and your juggling act. I am grateful for my husband supporting every crazy idea I get in my head!

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  5. As Always, Loved reading this. you are truly an inspiration. And I need to jump on the bandwagon for the healthy lifestyle. Thank you for writing this.

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  6. Such a positive vibe Lucy. You sound in a truly happy place. Thank you.

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  7. I have been working similarly hard lately, but I have to say my eating habits and exercise have suffered because of it. Too much toast and coffee and not nearly enough walking!

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  8. well said!!!! why is we are so good at burning a candle at both ends!!! Enjoy your weekend xx

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  9. You rock Lucy. I always love reading your posts - your motivation comes through and it is fantastic.

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  10. keep it up... everything will fall into place.. feel normal, like routine... kudos to you....

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  11. Full on! Love that quote at the end. I'm grateful for the flowers in my garden. They make me happy.

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  12. I find working and studying so exhausting, and my people are big people... More power to you!

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  13. Very well said. You are a real inspiration! Working, home, study responsibilities and balancing a healthy lifestyle is really hard.

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  14. Love the quote. I'm a busy bee as well (part-time job, part-time uni, two kids, one in nappies, one breastfeeding- oh, and a marriage to maintain in there as well). Sometimes I hate being told to slow down- why not embrace the crazy and love the energy and experiences it gives you!

    Thanks for this post :)

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  15. I'm worn out just reading.....

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  16. Hey, I'm thankful for friends...and not just nice friends, but my silly,inappropriate, hilarious friends who make me laugh till I pee my pants :))

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