surrender to the laundry and other routines

Every week for this year, I am offering a mindful challenge designed to get you practicing living a more awakened  life. This is Week 31 of 52 of {Project 52} Stay Awake. You are welcome to join in anytime during this year-long mindful living photo project. Please upload your photos to our Project 52: Stay Awake Flickr group so we can see what an Awake life means for you. And, if you also use Instagram please use the hashtag #awakeproject13.


If we could just hurry up and get our chores done … then we can have fun!

If the house is clean, I can finally feel happy.

As many of us begin to prepare for the school year — whether you are facing a first-time student entering kindergarten or a back-to-school scenario where your child is older — routines, being organized and having enough family time is looming in the back and front of your mind.

I do believe there is a middle ground. A place of content without too much stress.

Surrender to the dishes and other routines

Using cleaning and getting organized as a way to live in the moment is the first step to doing that.

I am surrendering to daily routines, to what needs to be done and not resisting it any longer.

It’s not always easy to do the same things day in and day out.

But, it’s often necessary. Ordinary routines keep us on task, keep our children on task. And, when done the right way, ordinary routines can actually feel like really great family time, too.

This week, I am planning revamp my own personal and life routines to be more in tune with my work schedule — and my kids school schedule. I want to enjoy my life, not rush through it. That means I need to start loving the parts of day that help create that loving, kind household that we always strive for around here — and exactly what I’ll be talking about in my upcoming Abundant Mama e-course.

This week, surrender to routine. Surrender to those moments that happen every day, maybe twice a day, maybe three times a day.

Meals. Diaper changes. Weeding. Watering. Kissing boo-boos. Picking up toys. Folding and hanging towels that were left on the floor.

What routine will you surrender to this week?

photo credit: funcrush28 and Martin Cathrae


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