Living a busy life without putting your needs first is not good for your health and morale. Miraculously there are quick pick-me-ups like chocolate, coffee and online shopping.
Breathe in deeply, exhale slowly.
Mindfulness matters a great deal.
Spread good vibes only.
Today was a good day, even if all you did was breathing and living.
Always have faith, and never stop believing in it.
Free your mind, body and soul.
Keep hope alive until your last breath.
Let’s coffee…coffee makes you happy. Trust me.
After a repertoire of movements that involved every limbs of my body, from almost 4 a.m, I was so ready for my third cuppa by noon. My youngest was taken ill, so for the last couple of days her disturbed sleep naturally affected the quality of mine. No surprises there at all.
Coffee is an indulgence that I’m not giving up for its wonders to my busy schedule. It’s the best pick-me-up that works like magic. Soothes away an achy body, energizes the fuddled brain and restores order in chaotic times. Life is sometimes hard, surely one deserves a little treat now and then.
I decided to go for my workout at 7 ish for a quick energy booster that would help me stay alert come noon. Unfortunately, that didn’t last today. Hence, a second cuppa at 11 a.m. was direly needed. Then, a little incident triggered the panic button as my father-in-law seemed to be in a state that needed medical attention. When everything was sorted, it was less than half an hour before school pick-up. Thankfully I got the kids on time, plus a quick stop over to get some ingredients for lunch.
Upon reaching home, lunch preparation involved listening to three kids talking at once. Typical of them to chatter away about their day but oblivious to the rule of turn taking. Since everyone was trying to get my attention, they ended up bickering with each other. Enough to say that was an unwelcomed distraction, so I sent them off for some TV time. The idiot box is truly a blessing when it comes to this. Considering the level of caffeine in my bloodstream was running low, I was terribly well behaved.
As I brought in the laundry, my youngest needed a diaper change. And changed her I did about 20 minutes earlier. Now another trip to the toilet. Sigh. Didn’t even get a chance to sit down for some rest. Sigh. Again.
Naturally, I caved in for a third cup of 150ml piping hot liquid delight. A little treat to keep me going for the rest of the day. Oh, also that was to celebrate not having to pick up my eldest from school. An absolute bliss at 2 p.m. when the temperature was just right to stay indoor!
I have this little craving
That comes in a box of Roses
To pop each one and munching
Zero care for the impact it poses.
I have this tiny longing
For a South Korea holiday
Seoul- Busan- Jeju island hopping
Promising good times all the way.
I have an itsy bitsy yearning
For Longchamp totes collection
Solid hues would be a go-to thing
While cherry blossoms are my obsession.
I have a wee bit hankering
Soul searching on a mountain retreat
Hiking, meditating, sleeping and writing
But wifi free can be a real huge feat.
I have this strong wanting
A cuppa hot mocha with cream
Forget the calories counting
Letting lose in this sugary dream.
I have a lingering thought
And it got to stop now
It truly really ought
To stop this stomach growl.
In an ideal world, I’d be drinking coffee like having water. From a tall glass of latte to a mug of mocha, then a shot of espresso or a cup of kopi-O and perhaps some cappuccino or macchiato to complete the loop. The drinks would flow seamlessly down my throat and leaving that bitter stale aftermath in my mouth. All the while, I’d be curled up with a novel or two to will away the hours while responsibility is nothing more than a meaningless word. Coffee, books and me. What a great company we would be…in an ideal world that is.
This is my list on how to function at the most optimum state of being:
- Drink a glass of water half an hour after waking up in the morning
- Pray or meditate to refocus and be grateful for a new day- also choose one thing to improve on such as not drinking too much coffee
- Go for a quick walk and breathe in the cool morning air
- Take a cold shower for a refreshing start (Malaysia is pretty warm these days, so I usually skip the water heater)
- Get dressed in something comfortable (not scratchy and sweaty) but chic enough to go anywhere or be seen by anyone
- Have a cup of piping hot coffee to rev up the brain
- Spend at least an hour on my own or with like minded adult- away from the adorable but distracting kids
- Be inspired by reading thoughtful posts on social media
- Laugh at the funnies and share them with others
- Drink more piping hot coffee or tea or chocolate (and water of course) to stay sane and in the game
So, how do you keep it together when life is one long winding road? Care to share?