Some days, you just need to make a list of the mundane things to help you focus on the positives and remind you of why you’re still great. So did I!
I set up this small office space in one of our bedrooms a couple of months ago. Until then, I just kind of worked where I felt like it on any given day: the kitchen table, my bed, the living room. But I finally felt like I wanted/needed a designated space to work; we recently dismantled our office to turn it back into a bedroom, since we never used it anyway. Indecisive much? I digress.
I love all of the promise in this photo, the sweet visions of working while my then 16-month-old plays peacefully next to me.
Fast forward about a month and a half later, and feel free to laugh as you watch me choke on an enormous serving of reality.
My now 17-month-old doesn’t just want to be with me when I’m at home working. He wants to be WITH me! Same room? No deal. Try again.
When I decided to leave my full-time job last year, I knew I wanted to continue working. I never envisioned myself as a full-time “stay at home” mom. But I also didn’t envision such a roller coaster ride!
I was always super organized, task-oriented, goal-driven, motivated, ambitious, a list maker, but almost didn’t have a need for one (a list) because of my photographic memory.
This new version of myself emerged–a version that, on some days, has to be content with celebrating “wins” like these:
- Filled vitamin container and actually took them
- Completed a task for a client
- Rescheduled dentist appointment
- Loaded dishwasher
- Washed my hair
- Checked off one personal task
(This is an actual list from a day I needed to focus on the positives, the things I did manage to accomplish.)