My motto throughout life has been “better busy than bored.” Indeed, I often have many balls in the air, but I thrive on the challenge and the activity. As I approached December (and into January), I knew we were heading into a busy season. Aside from the normal Christmas hustle and bustle, I am committed to the following:
- Be the Administrative Director for a 14-scene drive through, live re-enactment from the life of Christ in a local park. This outreach event is sponsored by churches across our city and requires around 250 volunteers each night for seven nights: Dec 6-9 and Dec 14-16. Did I mention I’ve never fulfilled this role before?
- Write another article for a local magazine on a church founded by slaves in the late 1800s. Due Jan 5th.
- Facilitate a 2-hour training session for a network of non-profit boards of directors, complete with a handbook I’m writing that covers, oh, just about everything related to being on a board of directors of a non-profit organization. I was awarded the bid right before Thanksgiving. The training is in late January. I’m in the middle of writing the handbook.
- Handle the purchase of a new condo for my mother-in-law (we close on Dec 21st), clean out her current house, work with the real estate agent to sell her current house, move her, and work with the interior decorator to set up her new place.
- My mother-in-law has graciously offered her piano to me since it won’t fit in the new place. Of course, I want it . . . but the addition of a large piece of furniture will cause a ripple effect throughout my house (you know how that goes!).
- Plan and host a baby shower for one of my very best friends who will be in town over Christmas from California. Shower date is January 2nd. I think close to a bajillion people will be invited.
- Plan and coordinate a 16-stop blog tour for a parenting speaker/writer during the month of January. I’m busy trying to fill slots (anyone?) now.
Now I certainly don’t share this to sound self-important or imply that others aren’t as busy as I am. (If anything, I suppose you just think I’m crazy!) But I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed tonight as I think about how to fit everything in and still make time for relationships. Oh, and for Jesus.
I’m loving having the advent guide my writer’s group put together because the short devotionals are exactly the right size for me each day. I hope I can make it to the end because I surely don’t want to miss Him this season.
I’ve also declared in my mind that February will be detox month. I’m going to purge my schedule, purge my house, and purge my body. I’ll look forward to sharing more about that plan as I formulate it.
Meanwhile, I’ll try to stay regular with the blog postings. In the least, I’m continuing with the Parenting Spotlights each week, but I hope to be sharing more about what I’m learning through this season of Advent.
What are you juggling during this busy season and how are you maintaining focus on Christ?