This morning after dropping of the older girls to preschool, I made a last-minute decision to go on a nature outing with my littlest one instead of returning home to tackle the the growing mountain of laundry I have been putting off for days. So we stopped to get gas in the car and snacks for my little passenger, then we hopped on the interstate and drove 30 miles to a new place to explore! I marked today the day I was going to address my laundry issue because it's starting to disturb my peace at home. I know my husband feels the same way because we both appreciate the serenity that comes from having a space free of disorder and clutter. Having said that, our little adventure this morning was a conscious effort to prioritize something good, bonding with my child and getting out in nature, over something also important, but could wait until later, such as taking care of the mess at home. Yesterday a similar experience happened to me. I told myself that after I finished reading an article for a class assignment which I had opened on the tablet and already started reading, I would take the girls outside to play at the playground. Well as I was making slow progress in reading because of the girls' constant interruptions, I noticed the time and that my girls were extremely bored from being indoors all day, so I decided to stop reading and take the girls outside. The reading assignment could wait (even if it meant putting me behind school work and pulling a late night). My girls and I ended up having a lovely evening at our community playground. I am starting to recognize that some things can wait, some things matter more than others in the long run, and some things aren't worth stressing over. I am starting to see how choosing my battles and prioritizing what matters most, remembering the big picture of things, is a huge stress reliever and is empowering. I feel happier knowing that I am in more control of my life and I am slowly learning how to master my emotions, not the other way around!