Chill Out. Don’t you wish it was that easy to let sh$t go? Maybe this week’s Treasure Trove Links can help you out.
Déconfinement Jours or Days have finally arrived.
This week, I feel a mix of happiness about this step toward normalcy, but also sadness over the loss of predictable routines with my family. In a sense, it feels like I’m grieving the end of an adventure. Sort of like that feeling when vacation ends, and it’s time to go back to work.
My children and I are so accustomed to change–traveling, moving, and generally go-go-going–that staying in one place and enjoying days with a similar rhythm has been a sweet adventure of its own. The end of these days, even if our routine is able to continue by choice, actually feels like a loss.
Grieving has become in some ways the new normal during this pandemic. The loss of normalcy. The loss of freedom and unrestricted movement or gatherings. The loss of loved ones. The loss of jobs. The loss of businesses. The loss of relationships. The loss of seeing and spending time with people. The loss of travel dreams. The loss of scheduled events and plans. The loss of activities, occasions, and traditions, like middle school and high school graduations–or getting driving licenses on birthdays.
So, this week has me thinking about grieving and loss in this new paradigm. These reading links of the week are on point.
Bread, Tears, and Perspective: Treasure Trove Links
What does it mean to let go of our dreams or what we thought we wanted or needed to be happy–especially as a woman, a mother? Check out Sabrina Orah Mark’s powerful essay in the Paris Review, F*ck the Bread.
If you’re feeling frustrated with homeschooling, discouraged, or alone, read If Homeschooling Has You in Tears, Mama, You’re Not Alone.
If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, off-balance, or looking to restore joy, read How to Get Unstuck.
If you’re wondering what different ways to homeschool might exist that might make homeschooling feel less tough, definitely check out the Other Names for Homeschooling. There’s not only one way to do it.
If you’re looking for some scientific perspective on reducing your homeschooling stress, check out UC Berkeley’s How to Reduce The Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone.
If you think it’s time to get out of Dodge, and you’re wondering what your options might be to live, travel, or move abroad, click over to read this perspective on How to Live or Move Abroad. This week, a number of people have written to me asking how to move, live in an RV, or travel the world with their children, so I know this read is worth the time.
Keep the Comments and Notes Coming
Keep ’em coming, and let’s all keep dreaming of travel and a future filled with less grieving and more happiness.