Running on Empty

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Of all the days to come up empty... Easter would not have been my first choice.

After all, we are supposed to have our families spit shined and polished in matching Easter attire to parade through the atrium at church. Followed by an elaborate meal on fancy dishes with a perfectly programmed Easter egg hunt where each child gets the same amount of eggs and candy. In the evening we scroll through our photos and pick out the very best to share with our dearest friends on social media and then breathe a sigh of relief because we have mastered yet another holiday.

Well, we did make it to church and we had clothes on...I think most of them were clean. (Warning: When your kids get older you will be thrilled that they will go to church with you and are grateful when they show up in any way, shape, or form)

We had a nice spread for lunch and the children enjoyed the treats from their baskets and I... I was just going through the motions. Exhausted and drained from weeks of running on empty, I was hanging on by a thread. I hadn't slept well for days, my tribe of friends hadn't met in weeks and I was in desperate need of a time out.

I have been taking care of everyone but myself and as they say, "You can't pour from an empty cup." So I am taking some time to be replenished; I am sure it looks different for everyone. For me it is reading, time in the garden, and painting in the shop. In the end, we'll all get a better version of me.

Take some time for yourself today.

"When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow" ~ Eleanor Brownn