Completing: Only the things that are nearest and dearest to my heart. As this month ends, I reflect back on a year lived very differently than those which came before. A year ago I endured a month-long flare of Lupus and Sjogren’s. I struggled to wake up and drive to work, to stay awake for 12 straight hours, to make it past my kids’ 6pm bed time, to eat, to eat to do anything but lay in a hot bath to relieve the pain or sleep to make it all go away. The past year has been filled with even more diagnoses and a downward health spiral. During what should have been a very grimm and painful time, I found bliss in my changing habits, in the newly found need to only worry about what I absolutely NEEDED to worry about, to enjoy the moments I used to spend hosting and making sure things were perfect. I spend more time playing with my kids, talking with them, checking things off of my list and following whims that just sound too fun not to follow, including finishing an indoor jungle gym for my kids to play on when it is just too dang cold to do anything outside.
Visiting: I have been permitting it up lately. As the glorious fall bends in to winter, I tend to hole up a bit more than normal. Not only do I prefer to avoid the germ-laden world waiting for me outside my front door, I find I generally prefer to be home. A few years back I started trying to make as much stuff on my own as possible (which is what started the whole sewing thing to begin with) and I gradually began to realize, there were very few things I actually NEEDED to leave my house for, which has come in really handy lately as I want to nap 18-20 hours a week on top of sleeping at night.
Repeating: Myself…over and over and over again….to my children. I love them dearly, I do, but MAN does it get old arguing with them from dawn ’til dusk! I could literally tell them to go eat any and all candy they can find and their first instinct would be to argue and tell me they don’t want that. WHAT IS THIS PHASE?!?! It is supremely un-fun! Any insight on when it ends or how to make it stop would be greatly appreciated!
Writing: More blogs! Mostly just writing more, letting myself have the time to just write seems so luxurious to me, to write about what I want to write about, to write about what I do, or how I altered a sewing pattern, built something, cooked something, or even just write about my life. It is a long-term goal of mine to write a book one day…the day I find the guts to write that much about myself and not stop every two seconds because I tell myself over and over again that there is absolutely NO WAY somebody wants to read an entire book about somebody’s life they know nothing about….even though I read these books regularly.
Scheduling: Everything. I’m a planner. I work at a school and so when the school year was about to begin, I bought a Limelife planner and a bajillion adorable stickers to decorate and make my organization extra fun and happy…also so I could get my calendar out of my head!! It is blissfully floral, colorful, and makes me VERY VERY happy (as well as organized and on time!).