Being busy

The beginning of January started off rather well with me having some good times with Faith, bringing her to the playground, reservoir and the library. She enjoys being in the outdoors and among strangers. There in the open space, she will explore her environment, make calculated steps in climbing up and down of stairs and touch stuff that are new to her. However, I got busier from the second week onwards with cake orders coming in and fulfillment of teaching assignments. So, Faith was placed with both grandpas on various days and I missed out on spending quality time with her.

Things are slowing down a wee bit as we approach Chinese New Year but Faith has fallen ill. She’s not too sick but not well enough to enjoy the outdoors since it can get really windy these days.

And today, I think I should just do some prioritizing because by doing that, I could maintain sanity. Gone were the days when busyness kept me going strong and happy. These days, slowing down helps me savor precious moments with my loved ones. Perhaps, I’m getting old.

I’m happy that friends ask me to bake for them. I consider it a privilege to be able to do so and it gives me the opportunity to hone my skills. But I guess I cannot handle more orders now and by that I mean more than one per week. I would rather concentrate on my teaching assignments because I like the idea of empowering people, that they don’t find baking a daunting task anymore.

So, I have to learn to say NO which can be difficult for a person who often says YES to others. And well, I have to cut down on blogging, I guess.

I would prefer to spend more time with Faith, like having snacks with her in the kitchen and reading to her. Simple stuff like these make me happy.

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Of course, I wouldn’t want to miss these stunts of hers…

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… since she is really getting active! And above all, I wouldn’t want to miss out on discipline because she has shown signs of mischief and disobedience. It’s good to start early, on shepherding her heart.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

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