My life is crazy busy. Being a single mom with absolutely no help (emotional, physical or financial) from the (I’m using this term loosely) father, working a full time day job, raising an amazing little girl and blogging my days never seem to end. Before Peyton was born I would work all the time, spend an average of 9-10 hours in the office a day and then even bring work home. I was the “best” employee. Then Peyton came along and I found myself really struggling. I wanted my life like before. I wanted to be that star employee but I also wanted to be with my daughter. The first year was a struggle. I would head out the door by 6 am and be home by 4:30 everyday to be with Peyton. I was trying to be the super mom and finding out it was really taking a toll on me. It was around Peyton’s first birthday that I took a step back and looked at my life. I was tired, stressed and basically making myself a wreck. So, I started to remove things and situations from my life that did not enrich but bogged me down. And I started to take time with Peyton, just the two of us exploring the world together. This is what The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing is trying to convey.
Margery Leveen Sher is pointing out that we all live crazy lives, we have scheduled our days right down to the moment we go to sleep. And for many of us we have over committed. By doing this we have created unnecessary stress and anxiety in our lives and we are also neglecting our families. How do we solve this? Well it’s easier said than done but you can do it. You need to take a step back and look around you. What truly is important and then start focusing on the details. I know that sounds counter productive but you really do want to look at the details. You want start celebrating the little things in life.
Throughout The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing you will learn how to notice the little things in life and to embrace them. Take time to stop and look at the birds chirping around you and just enjoy yourself. Learn to laugh at yourself. I feel this one is great for kids. My daughter is so serious and hates it when people laugh so I am trying to teach her laugh at herself. You drop something and it’s a huge mess, just laugh. Something doesn’t turn out the way you thought, laugh. It’s refreshing and a release. Learning to notice the little things in life are also great conversation starters too. You can be driving with your kids and start talking about the trees and thier leaves or maybe you see deer running in a field. Before you know it you will be engaged in a conversation.
The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing is an easy read that helps you put life into perspective. It’s not all about the rat race, it’s about taking time to enjoy the race.