What I DON’T Do So I CAN Do What I DO Do
I totally copied the title of this blog post from This Adventure because it made me smile (and inspired this whole post)….
One of the problems with blogs is that they often give the appearance that you live a perfect life. Sometimes blogs are deceptive in that it can appear that you are some kind of Super Mom with a spotless, beautifully decorated house, perfectly behaved genius children, a wonderfully romantic marriage, gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table. You may appear to be put together at all times and still have time to craft and volunteer. I try to keep things REAL around here, sharing some of our struggles right along with some of the projects I’m proud of. I hope that I’ve done a decent job with that. But I still get asked frequently how I “do it all.” The answer? I DON’T! Not even close. I also hear lots comments like “where do you find the time to do that?” or “I WISH I had time to do that!” So I started thinking about the things I DO make time for, and the things that I don’t spend much time on (some of these need more attention-like date nights with my husband, others I’m perfectly happy keeping on the backburner-like scrapbooking).
What I DON’T Do:
1. Get 8 hours of sleep a night-I always try to get to bed early, since The Littlest Apple is an early riser and I started getting up even earlier (see below), but it never quite happens. The Littlest Apple goes to bed around 8:30, I relax for a bit, take a bath, and next thing i know, it’s 11pm!
2. Homeschool-The Littlest Apple goes to preschool 2 1/2 days a week. I love to do some learning activities at home with The Littlest Apple, but I really admire all of you moms who do this all day every day!!
3. Scrapbook–I’ve bought supplies before, but never quite got started
4. Sew or knit–Okay, I’ve hand-sewn a few quilts and I sewed the curtains for the Dress Up Storage Bin and Puppet Theater, but this isn’t something I spend much (any) time on.
6. Watch TV during the day-I relish the quiet when The Littlest Apple is at school, but really, books and the interwebs can be just as much of a time sucker.
7. Work out at the gym every day-We got a membership to the YMCA recently, but I’m still a little intimidated by the gym workout. Also, I have to drive all the way over there! I would like to go more though.
8. Have regular girls night outs-I honestly can’t remember the last time we did this. Local ladies: we need to get together!!
9. Have regular date nights with my husband-definitely need to work on this!!
10. Have regular playdates-With The Littlest Apple in school 2 1/2 days a week, at the grandparents one day, and visiting the other grandparents another day after school, we’ve really only got ONE free day. And lately we’ve just enjoyed relaxing at home. BUT I miss seeing our friends more regularly!!
12. Talk on the phone- I HATE talking on the phone. If you are a friend of mine IRL, you know this about me.
13. Wash, dry and style my hair every day-My hair is frequently in a pony tail, but I usually try to look relatively put together otherwise. Those cute and colorful necklaces and/or big dangly earrings I’ve got on are supposed to be distracting you from my greasy hair. Is it working?
What I DO Do:
2. Cook dinner 5 nights a week
3. Read lots of books
4. Volunteer as Room Mom for my son’s preschool class (and Auction Basket Coordinator)
5. Workout at home 3-4 days a week (in a good week)- need to increase this or join my husband at the gym on the other days
6. Spend time reading and commenting on blogs–one of the best ways to build a blog following (and also a BIG time sucker if you don’t limit yourself!)
7. Work on The Picky Apple (the blog, not the husband)–at least an hour a day, even on non-posting days
8. Participate in church related activities several days a week. Right now, I’m in a wonderful moms group, finishing up the Alpha Course, and getting ready to start leading a small group with a friend. (I NEVER would have imagined doing ANY of this a year ago!)
9. Take naps occasionally when The Littlest Apple takes his–I’ve always loved naps, but afternoons (12-2) are HARD for me now that I’m getting up earlier.
10. Take a bubble bath most nights–usually with a good book. A great way to relax at the end of the day!
We all have the same amount of time each day. How you spend it is up to you!!