This weekend we were supposed to visit friends who live 3 hours away, or 6 hours round trip.
I told Mr. MPB I just cannot do it.
You see, by Monday next week, I will have driven over 3200km (2000 miles) for 5 work meetings and 1 family event in less then 10 days. And you know what, just the thought of sitting in the car for another 700km (450 miles) made my cringe. I am used to driving long distances, but I’ve had enough early mornings, late nights and hotels to last me a few months! And even though this trip would have been with some of my favourite people, I just don’t have any desire to drive anywhere.
When I told Mr. MPB he initially tried pushing me to keep our plans but he quickly realized just how busy I’ve been and fully supported my need for a weekend at home. (Have I mentioned lately how much I love that man?).
So, we are staying home and having a quiet weekend. And I’m optimistic that I wont find myself working at all over the weekend.
The weather has turned much cooler, so much so that I think I can officially say summer is over and fall is here. Gosh, I feel old saying it, but how is it already the middle of September? Instead of going away this weekend, I will crack out the warm and snuggly fall clothing and enjoy a weekend at home with Mr. MPB and Little MPB. We might take a family trip to the zoo or maybe to a petting zoo or maybe just a family walk to the nearby playground. We will definitely keep up with preparing home-cooked meals. I honestly don’t know what we will do, but I know that I need a few days of downtime to recharge.
I know I often attempt to do too much with my limited time. I know my work demands ebb and flow, and right now I’m simply experiencing a few busy weeks.
And while I feel bad for backing out on our friends, I’m not at a point where I know myself well enough to know that I’d feel even worse next week when there is no semblance of balance in my life and I truly burnt out.
So, if nothing else, I’m rather proud of myself for saying no. For me, saying no is nearly impossible, so for me to say no before I burn out is true personal progress.
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