I don’t do it all, and I don’t try

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve become obsessed with fresh flowers in our home within the past few months. Here’s the newest bouquet on our kitchen table, but this week, they represent a breath of fresh air for me.

I was so buried in work last week that our ENTIRE house was neglected. I should be showing a before-and-after photo of this table. ? Laundry went completely undone, the entire kitchen was a hot mess, food delivery and leftovers ruled the dinner menu, Davis’s toys stayed in the middle of the floor ALL OVER the house, and sleep was pretty much non-existent for me. What all of this further emphasized for me is the fact that no one can do it all. SOMETHING suffers. There’s simply no way we can give 100% to EVERYTHING. So while I was churning out top-notch work for my job, the state of our home suffered…BIG TIME (it was everything but top-notch).

In her book, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda Rhimes discusses the in-depth answer to the question, “How do you do it all?” by explaining:

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means that I am failing in another area of my life. If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I’m probably missing bath and story time at home. (page 86)

She wraps it all up by saying, “The answer is this: I don’t.”

And neither do I. I’m excited about last week’s huge projects being behind me and being able to now focus on getting our house back in order. That’s largely how I spent Memorial Day weekend: plowing through loads of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, putting toys away…perhaps not how most people would like spending a holiday weekend, but it was GLORIOUS!

So here’s to a breath of fresh air and re-establishment of my sanity through organization! ?

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