Are you making time for this?

In our last newsletter, I wrote about the chaos that was planned for just one weekend in the Bleam household. This week I want to talk about what happened the following weekend. It was the complete opposite of the previous weekend. The weekend that we are going to talk about was very relaxed. It is important to note that it did not just happen that way. It was PLANNED. Knowing that the weekend before was scheduled to the fullest, we set aside the time to recharge our batteries. Are you setting aside that time?

Everyday life can be very hectic for ALL of us. That is no secret. Between managing 3 children and their activity schedules and running our clinic, we still need to create time to exercise, time to sleep, time to prepare healthy meals, time to take care of the day-to-day household chores... That list seems never-ending. It becomes very difficult to create time to recharge. Yet that is what we HAVE to do. We cannot just wait for downtime to magically appear in our schedule. We have to CREATE it! 

A couple of years ago, Carol and I made a decision that, as our lives became more hectic, we needed to make time to spend together. Make time together doing the things that make us happy. Sometimes that will include just sitting on the couch next to each other while reading our books. Sometimes it is curling up to watch a show. Sometimes it is spent playing a game together. Sometimes it is grabbing a meal at a local restaurant. It can be anything, as long as we both enjoy it.

This past weekend we escaped to DC for the day! Carol and I had not been to DC for over 10 years. So it was all new to us again. We explored the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and American History. Then we grabbed some food from a food truck, before we began the walk to the Washington Monument, then to the Lincoln Memorial, and back along the Tidal Basin to see the Cherry Blossoms. All in all, we walked about 10 miles that day. It was amazing to spend the day together exploring new places. Even though we were active, we were still recharging our batteries!

That day spent together was exactly what we both needed!

What do you do to recharge?

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!

May be an image of 4 people, monument and outdoors

May be an image of 3 people, outdoors and monument

May be an image of nature, sky and monument

May be an image of 2 people, people standing, outdoors and tree
Movement is my medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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