The Diary of a Happy Mom: 40 and Beyond

The trials and tribulations of an adventurous modern mom


“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life”.
– Marilu Henner

Sunset over the Arizona Desert

Sunset over the Arizona Desert. Tucson, AZ

I’m back. Life has been a whirlwind and as you can see, I fell off the face of the earth only five days short of the end of November meaning I did not fulfill my goal of completing National Blog Posting Month. Only five posts short. Oh well. Normally I am the most self-motivated person ever but I’ve learned that sometimes it can hurt you if you don’t calm down.

I have to admit that for once in my life I honestly did not feel like writing. I stopped writing in here the day I arrived in Tucson to see my parents and haven’t even considered writing again until now. I’ve been way too overwhelmed, busy and exhausted. Too many feelings and emotions to put on paper so to speak. Instead, I left them all swirling around inside my head while attempting to also deal with the unnerving stress of the holiday season and upcoming travels. I have been so distracted trying to do it all that I’ve left groceries out overnight, forgetting to put them in the freezer. Waking up to warm milk, runny ice-cream and unfrozen pizzas made me angry. I hate to waste food and money. My entire late night trip to Target when I should have been home relaxing, was ruined just because I was too tired to think.

But that is of course simply minor stuff.

The visit to Tucson went well. The first half was brutal as unfortunately we had some painful family drama with one of my siblings. But once he left, my sister and I enjoyed our time with my mom and dad. My dad had just finished his first round of chemo the day we arrived and was feeling tired but fine. We spent our time hiking, going out to eat and walking around the neighborhood. The stress and reality of the situation was there but I was so incredibly grateful that I could be with my family. Every time we’re together, I realize how incredibly lucky I am to have such a loving, caring family.

Now I’m back and life has been way too busy. Throw in the holiday stress, I feel like I’m losing control of my life. I know it is just a state and am actively doing whatever I can to relax. Yoga, sleep, wine, fires, and reading. Yet I’ll be honest and say it isn’t truly working. I’ve realized that it is time to just simply cut back a bit and do only the mandatory things. Blogging will have to go on the back burner for awhile or at least until I feel I have the energy and motivation to write. I’m sure I will once life settles down again to some normalcy. In the meantime, it feels good to let one more thing slide off my shoulders.

2 comments on “Back

  1. mlblogsredsoxlady35
    December 11, 2013

    Beautiful and brings back memories of when I lived in Arizona. Thank you for sharing your life through pictures with us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year2014 from my family to yours. God bless and may all your dreams come true in 2014!!! Kat

    • thirdeyemom
      December 15, 2013

      Thank you for your lovely comment too! Yes Tucson is a lovely place. I enjoy visiting my family there. 🙂

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