the little things
This weekend I was staring at my 5000 sewing projects and thinking I needed to join a "Project Starter Anonymous" group. I mean...I'm fairly sure I need to actually finish a project before starting a new one. But then I really thought about it and realized the bigger picture.
I mentioned in a previous post that my word for the year is "Balance". And more importantly finding balance. This is a hard one for me. It seems like there is constant chaos and craziness happening and its hard to do it all. I like many of you wear many hats, Wife, Mother, Employee, Business Owner.....etc. How on earth do you balance everything AND actually succeed at all of them. Well, I have the answer for this one million dollar question. Are you ready for it?
You don't. Yup. That's right, you don't. You come to the realization that you can't be the best at everything at all times. It's freaking impossible. And if you think you can...you are setting yourself up for failure. This I know. So instead of feeling like Im failing at everything, I realized that I needed to find balance between all the hats and just do the best I could. Some days are better than others. Some days I feel like Mary Poppins (whom is amazing btw) and other days I feel like Cruella (whom is also amazing right? ha). Its all about balance.
For this year, I am trying to set small goals. Things that are more obtainable so I don't set myself up for failure. I try to look at my week and be realistic about the time we have and how we can best use it (pending no curve balls..but always leaving room for those, because lets face it....Kids are a constant curve ball). I try to soak up the little things rather than resent them (this is a constant challenge). I try and find time for myself even if it is in small doses. And I'm REALLY trying to make sure my husband and I find time without kids. This has been MUCH better since we have been working together every day. Even though it is "working" its still time together with occasional lunch dates. I'll take it.
My sewing projects help keep me somewhat sane and can give me the 10-15 minutes here and there that I need. The reason I start too many projects is different stages take different amounts of time. I don't always have 3-4 hours to work on finishing a quilt. So I start a new one that I can work on a little at a time until I have a chunk of time to finish an old project up. It is the way it is now and I find ways to make it work. I also love making one quilt block and feeling a small sense of accomplishment which sometimes is just enough.
I know that I need to keep on finding balance and continuing to find ways to make it better. In the meantime I want my biggest reminder to be to find joy in the small things. Remember that my kids are only little once. Bottle it up and save it. (or of course capture it and PRINT IT).
These are the moments that truly matter.