I’ve officially been home for 48 hours. It didn’t take long to jump right back in the saddle again (3 hours after our 3:30 a.m. return to be exact) ~ 4 kids, 3 simultaneous basketball tournaments, 1 kiddo fighting the stomach flu, soccer games, end of year basketball parties…..you get the idea. I love my life & love watching my children participate in the activities they enjoy so much. But with that being said, our life is very noisy. By noise, I don’t just mean the literal noise of a busy household. I mean, more specifically, the noise that comes from the constant bombardment of rushing, keeping a tight schedule, commitments, emails, texts, social media distractions, etc. I did not have access to my phone for the entire week we were in Mexico, which meant a whole 7 days disengaged from the outside world (besides phone calls home to the kids. Since my husband’s phone worked, we were able to continue communicating with the children in the evenings, which made me happy!). Other than those phone calls, I was entirely unplugged. UN-PLUGGED. It. Was. AMAZING!!! I was blanketed with a sense of calmness (granted I was reading a book by the pool in 85 degree weather with zero responsibilities), but most importantly, I was PRESENT. After a week of relaxation with my hubby, it was wonderful seeing the kids again & we were (fairly) ready to get back into our routine, but I must say, I’ve reflected a lot in the 48 hours since we returned. While noise is most definitely a part of our life, how much can I control? How often do I check my email each day? How much do I really need to? Is it out of habit or boredom or because I have 5 extra minutes while I wait in the parking lot for one of my children to finish practice/dance class/etc.? The same can be said of Facebook. Boredom buster. It’s the only social media facet which I am engaged (I can’t imagine being connected to Twitter + Instagram + other media, too. Makes me tired just thinking about it!). What if I committed to being still? To being present. To calming my inner self during those 5 extra minutes. What if I committed each minute to more prayer. To greater serenity. To more surrender. What if? So that is my challenge to myself. To set limits on correspondence/social media. To experience the freedom of silence. To unclutter my mind. To embrace peaceful moments. To be my best self by truly embracing LIFE & all it’s truly meant to be.