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And the World Doesn’t End Because of It

July 26, 2010

I’ve been working hard lately at just the basics of keeping up with things around here. We’ve all been doing this, actually. If I’m being honest with myself, forcing myself to clean is like forcing a teenager. I’m like a brat and I just don’t want to do it – I just want to do the fun stuff. But the thing that has kept me going lately is the fantastic way that I know it feels when I do the things that matter to me  and that I need to do. My head is more clear, I feel more energetic in life in general and it always frees up time for other things I need to get done in addition to the day-to-day tasks. But I also have to be realistic. I think so much in terms “all or nothing” and spend a lot of my time not accomplishing things because the tasks seem so daunting. One thing at a time is manageable, but looking at a whole wreck of a house after a weekend of fun is overwhelming. And that’s how I woke up this morning. Overwhelmed.

We’ve been really great lately about making sure everything is cleaned and picked up. But this weekend we didn’t. The days were so full – getting new cabinets for the kitchen(for FREE from my parents neighbors who are overhauling theirs), having fun breakfast at the airport, heading to a few home improvement stores to research tile options, paint stores to decide on colors, me working at my part-time job and having some much needed time out by myself running errands and eating lunch at Panera and reading a book in peace. That was just Saturday. Sunday was church and bagels and swimming with Aunt Leah and laundry and naps and dinner with my family and grocery shopping and meal planning. Then we crashed comatose on the couch after the kids went to bed.

When I woke up this morning I looked around and started making a mental list to tackle as much as possible before we head to the park this morning(do you like that I’m sitting here blogging amongst that list of picking up, folding laundry, feeding kids and Curious George? Parenting at its’ best, man!). But I also couldn’t help but think of this post and where Aura says, “And fortunately, even though I make a lot of to-lists for myself, sometimes things just don’t get done on time. Like Backyard Farming Week. Or cutting my toenails. Or mowing the backyard. And the world doesn’t end because of it 🙂 Sometimes… just happens….and I think I’m completely okay, with that.

{Watching a plane take off for the first time.}

It’s so true. Sometimes we just need to let it go. Especially if it means enjoying life and doing things that make your life feel full. Now I need to go get a cup of coffee and start tacking my list for today while I still have the motivation!

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  1. July 26, 2010 9:46 am

    This is exactly what I tell myself each day I avoid walking down to the basement. There is sooooo much work to do down there and I know I simply cannot tackle it~don’t want to tackle it when these summer days are becoming fewer. I also detest how I just don’t get it done~and it grates on me when I try to go to sleep at night. Alas.
    Reading your blog always motivates me to do something~love that! 🙂

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