When I'm working, I always feel like life is a house of cards, where one small issue (kids getting sick, rain causing kid bike commute issues, schedule changes, chores not getting done) has the potential to create mass havoc. Mostly because, it does. Our lives are super tightly organized & optimized, in order to survive. If things go sideways, even small things, it causes a lot of stress, as there's minimal wiggle room.
One of my first observations of my sabbatical is that the house of cards feeling has diminished a bit. It rained yesterday, which means the kids needed rides to/from school, and one kid couldn't bike to soccer practice (it was moved). Normally, that would cause a bunch of chaos. Instead, I shifted my plans & everything came together rather easily. In fact, I helped another mom who was in a pinch.
It's a very small feeling of change, but has been very interesting to observe. I'm also less stressed in the evenings generally (that's when my APAC team comes online, and also when I'm hail mary trying to shove a bunch of chores into a narrow time window). I'm reading more instead of being on the computer, which is also a welcome break.
I'm going to try & blog more, but also just generally observe how it feels to be less busy. I'll share as I go!