A Life in Transition: Fighting the Crankies


My life is in transition right now. I was asked recently if I was excited about Rusty’s new job and the move. I am excited for the promise of what this job means for our family. I am excited to be all together each day.  Am I excited though for the move? No, and let me be clear that is a big resounding, NO!

Don’t get me wrong, it is fun to house hunt, and I would follow my husband to the ends of the earth. I just don’t like the packing and the unpacking. I am rather tired of it. There was a time in my not so distant past where packing and unpacking was not so draining, but now, life has changed. It just wipes me out now.

A Life in Transition

Upon reflection, I realize that I need to learn how to handle stress better and how to better manage my time. So today I commit to two baby steps that will help me through this transition.

1. More Sleep

I feel as if I have been burning the candle at both ends. If one of my girls were acting this way I would tell them they had the crankies and that they needed more sleep. Instead I have rationalized why I can not get more.

2. Less Internet

I find that even when I only mean to have a quick peek at what is going on, that I can lose hours of my day. These are precious hours; I could be playing with my kids, sleeping, or working on the move. Don’t get me wrong there are many great uses for the internet: sharing with long distance friends and family, learning new skills, researching recipes, even shopping, and much more. It should just be balanced with real world connections and actions.

When those two things get out of balance in my life I am a wife, a mother, a person I just wouldn’t want to be around. I am tired, cranky, and I become more easily stressed. So while this moving will never be something I can say I fully enjoy, perhaps I can learn to stress a little less in the transition if I first do those two things.


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