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Sunday, March 9, 2014

saying yes when I used to say no

Lately, I feel like I'm living from one day to the next. There is so much happening, I can only think about the next 24 hours ahead of me.

Maybe it has something to do with being a new(ish) mom? I'm doing my best to not play the busy car because I know everyone is busy. That doesn't change the fact that our life is full and I'm learning to make adjustments for all that means in this current season.

One change comes in the way of learning to say yes when friends offer to help. Before Maggie was born I was the stubborn "I'll do it myself" kind of woman. Even a few months ago, I declined help carrying a bunch of bags to my car from a colleague (and I still feel guilty about it because it was really silly).

Asking friends to watch my daughter can be such a struggle, but several friends voiced their interest in wanting to watch our baby even before she was born. I hate to impose, yet the reality is they want to help and enjoy their time with Maggie. Perhaps, I'm the selfish one who doesn't want to give up a moment with her?

Last week, two friends were eager to help and I gladly accepted. One friend let us borrow her pack and play to save me an extra 40 minutes of driving on a snowy afternoon to pick ours up. And another friend watched my girl on Saturday while I went to a work conference and Brandon was in class. It may seem like slow progress, but I feel like I'm making strides to accept friends' help.

What areas are you striving to make changes in your life?


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