2014 was a stress-filled year.

I barely made it out alive.

The sad part is that I have no one to blame but myself: I took on too much, said yes when I should have said no, and let guilt rule most of my decisions.

I felt guilty when I logged off from work early to be with the kids, and then turned around and felt guilty when I was at work and couldn’t be with the kids. There’s no way to win that argument!

So I’m shifting my priorities.

2015 is going to be the year of relief. From Webster’s Dictionary, relief is the “removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing”. And that is what I intend to do. I am giving myself permission to lighten my load, say no when appropriate, and focus on what is truly important to me and my family.

It won’t be easy – as a good Roman Catholic girl, I was born into guilt, and have practiced with masters at the highest levels. But the benefits far outweigh the cons in this case.

Today, I took the afternoon off to volunteer in Finn’s classroom. I didn’t once think about the work piling up or the meetings I missed. I just had fun watching my son working and learning with his friends. We even topped off the afternoon with a skate in the park and hot chocolate at home.

I can’t thing of a better way to spend a stress-reduced day!

Findley and Bronwyn skating in the park

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