Good morning, readers! Wow, what a week this was. Jason and I have been under a good deal of stress (things we have no control over, all involving extended family) but you know what, there’s always something to be thankful for, right? And this week I’m thankful that we’ve been able to talk our way through challenges, support each other when we’re depleted, and meet each other’s needs. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Learning how to meet each other’s needs, cultivating peace, and enhancing intimacy? I have to say that I really enjoyed having a daily focus on my behavior toward Jason. It made me think hard about how I could work on my own role. (For those of you who missed last week's post, I'm doing a thirty-day respect challenge and blogging about it).
So yes, it’s been stressful here, but today the sun is shining. It’s been a lovely summer. We took our kids to the beach last night for dinner, and it was so fun. This week, I have a few kids in camp and a few staying home with me. I have a new book coming out (the last and final Boston Dom, y’all!), and Jason and I are planning our yearly family getaway where we trek up to the mountains and unplug. So yes, things are stressful here, but I’m a happy girl.
I do, however, really, really, really need a good spanking. The stress of this week has made for very little time with Jason, and we’re both feeling it. I need more than a spanking (ahem) so I think this busy couple needs to make a game plan. 😉
I promised you I would keep a record of how this challenge went! So here goes.
I struggled with this. Female readers and the moms out there will understand why on this particular day I struggled with choosing joy. Here is the summary: PMS + swimsuit. Our plan was to take our rascals swimming for the day. My standard swimsuit was in the wash and I had to wear a back up that I didn’t love, and I had to work hard at not having a little meltdown fit (true story). I took a few deep breaths, focused on what I was grateful for (I had a backup suit and could still swim. It was lovely and sunny! Jason didn’t have to work, and our entire family could hang out together. Jason still thought I looked hot lol!), and with a good deal of self talk, I did it. I chose joy. We had a lovely time, and came home and cooked a yummy Sunday dinner.
I like choosing joy. I work on it all the time and sometimes I don’t do so well. Jason isn’t always everything I need (how could he be?) and I’m not always perfect (only human, after all), but at the end of the day, there are always things to be grateful for, and I loved the reminder that happiness is a choice.
Honor his wishes
Day two, and I got spanked. Ha! I needed it, though. Isn’t that often the way?
So it was a crazy busy day. I didn’t get to check in with Jason, hadn’t had my morning spanking, and was flat out busy with my kids and extended family. My little ones were grumpy I dragged them around driving their older sister to summer camp (she usually watches them when I have to go out!), and the day was busy. It was mid-morning when I finally sat down and said “okay, I need to focus on today’s challenge. How do I honor his wishes?”
Since I’m submissive to Jason and we have our daily check-in, this was pretty straight-forward at first. He likes me to take care of myself and not overextend. He likes me to stick to my schedule and my plans. He likes me stay calm and focused, to rest when I need it, and to keep my priorities in check the way he and I agree.
He doesn’t like me to swear at all. He doesn’t like me to snap at other people, to speak rudely, or to be mean in any way. Years ago, I had a temper. I had a hard time keeping in check. I’m better about that now, but I still get irritated. I never swear in front of Jason (well, not without getting spanked) buuut…I do swear sometimes. I guess if I’m honest, I don’t really find it something I agree with. I’m an erotic romance writer and, er, erotic romance writers swear.
By the end of day two, I was feeling like I needed my daddy a lot. Boy did I. He came up to bed, and he asked if I needed him (he can sense it, I’m sure of it!). I said yes. And then I fessed up about a few things where I’d gone astray. I hadn’t really broken a rule (I’m not allowed to swear at people, that’s the rule, and I don’t), but I hadn’t met his expectations. So I simply said, “I feel like I probably need to be spanked.” I didn’t tell him to spank me. I simply
admitted guilt. If he’d said no, I didn’t need a spanking, I’d have accepted that. It’s happened. But he listened, asked a few questions while he held me, and then he said, “I’m going to get ready for bed. When I come back, I’m going to spank you. And while I’m gone, you think about what you could’ve done better.”
Oh, daddy. OUCH! So, I was teary-eyed and ready to go over his lap by the time he came back. He gave me a very slow, very deliberate spanking, with a firm “daddy” lecture, and by the end, I was crying my eyes out. He held me, and things moved on to better things, as they have a tendency to do. Phew.
For the rest of the week, I met his expectations.
This was a good reminder to put down my phone, my laptop, stop folding laundry, and to give him my undivided attention. I needed the reminder, and this worked well! I’m a little nerdy in the goal-setting department, so every day when I put together my to-do list I have daily goals I strive for. One of them is to be attentive and present to my children and husband. Putting down my phone is something I need to focus on!
This I found really easy. Jason has me well-trained lol. I get spanked if I interrupt him, so if I even veer in that direction, a sharp look gets me in line. I don’t struggle with this, so I found it easy to do. I still kept it at the forefront of my mind.
Emphasize his good points
This was a super busy day. I didn’t see much of Jason. So instead, I focused on reminding myself of his good points.
He’s a fantastic provider. He’s funny. He’s an awesome father to my kids. He's an awesome daddy to me. 😉 He’s hot. He’s supportive and gives me tons of attention. Yeah, I’m smitten, and by the end of the day with all of this on the forefront of my mind, I was flirting shamelessly and giggling like a little girl. So when I did get to see him, I praised him. This doesn’t come naturally to me. Out of the fivelove languages, words of praise are just about the lowest of my needs, so this doesn’t tend to be one of my strengths. I do believe that building him up is my job as a submissive, so a good reminder always helps.
Pray for him
I do pray, but I also believe in positive and negative energy and good vibes and all that. I’m a Christian, but a not very conservative one, so I try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. In short, I adapted this one. I prayed for Jason, but I also sent good thoughts. I envisioned myself as his number one fan, and focused my day with that in mind. 😉
And here, folks, was where I faced my biggest challenge of the week.
How exactly does one define nagging? Is it a motive? A behavior? Is it okay to remind him of things, or to ask him, but not to constantly do so? Jason has very little tolerance for nagging. Ask him once, and a second time veers off into nagging. It’s taken fifteen years of marriage and umpteen spankings to get me to learn to communicate in a way that he appreciates, where I feel heard. I’m not a natural submissive at all. I tend to be forthright and outspoken at times. I have high expectations for myself and tend to hold others to those standards, which isn’t always a good thing.
Jason likes his downtime. He’s also a man, and as a very typical male, somehow does not have the ability to multi-task very well. If he’s cutting the lawn, he is not watching the kids. If he’s relaxing, he’s not doing anything else but relaxing. That’s what I think a lot of guys do, and I used to get oh so mad at him for doing that. In fact, when we first started this lifestyle, I used to get spanked every.single.Saturday! I’d start tackling my to-do list, and he’d drink his coffee and watch tv or play Xbox. This made me so mad. It felt like I was getting no downtime. He used to say “then take some!” and I’d say “But if I do, who’s going to cook dinner and clean this house and do the laundry?”
And I’d snap and get spanked.
We finally learned! We needed to communicate better. It’s okay to relax. Working all the time makes for grumpy people. And with enough focus and planning, we can do what needs to be done and still have plenty of time to chill.
So yesterday, I had plans to visit an old friend of mine, and what a lovely time we had. It was three hours round-trip of driving time for me, though, so I was gone for most of the day. When I came home, touting a gazillion groceries that needed to be put away, the clean house I left was a mess, and Jason had not done what he said he would. I was fuming.
In the back of my mind, I was thinking, “don’t nag, don’t nag, don’t nag.” Plus, losing my temper would get me spanked. I instructed the kids to help me. Tossed the laundry in the wash. Then I went upstairs and laid down on my bed, focusing myself for a few minutes. Jason came in. This is how the conversation went.
“I’m struggling because today’s challenge is not to nag, and I’m a little angry, and having a hard time communicating without snapping, nagging, or getting myself spanked.”
He smiled, sat down on the bed, and said, “Okay, good. You’re doing a good job. Why are you angry?”
I told him. I didn’t raise my voice or scold or nag. I just told him. He listened and nodded and said, “Okay. I’m sorry I didn’t do that. I’ll make sure those things get done. Anything else?”
There wasn’t. I’d had a lovely day, and told him as much. Then I suggested we take the kids and do one of our “summer fun bucket list item.” We did, and it was so much fun!
I was glad I had the challenge, because it helped me focus on the day when I really needed it. The fun part about this is that I can focus daily on actively submitting and fostering respect.
Looking over the week ahead, I’m really looking forward to it.
Next Sunday, I’ll update with how things went. Happy Sunday, everyone.