Why I am getting rid of my to-do list + learning who we really are

What Really Matters Free Printable twelveOeightblog.com #printable #quotes #freeprintable #spring #floral #twelveOeightOh friend, I hope you can forgive me for trying something that wasn’t me at all.

Remember the no/low spend challenge I began at the beginning of January?

Year, the one that I made it about a week and a half into?

I learned something valuable this month, more important than getting stuff done.
I realized I do well with large deadlines and big projects, not so much with something that is mandatory
on a daily basis when it comes to blogging.

I really thought I could pull it off, and I am SO glad I tried.  Because who knows, maybe I would have found
a whole new venue of creativity by becoming organized and not having cupboards that are full of expired
vitamins and pens that don’t work.

But that’s just not me.

And while I know that there are a whole bunch of you out there who are rocking the January groove and
getting all kinds of organized and clean.
I kind of would rather just do what needs to get done and make stuff in my down time.

In this season of life, with little ones to shuttle here and there, and online classes to be taken
(yes, there is MORE to tell you about soon!), floppy, dirty dogs, and piles of dishes, I have to triage
my time and energy.

And if our heart isn’t in it, it’s going to be painfully obvious.

So then we have a choice to make.

Keep faking it even though every pore of our being is shouting to stop being someone your not,
or just admit you tried something, and your glad you did, but it ain’t your thing.

It’s very different than quitting, it’s trying new things as they come and assessing how it’s going.
It it fits like a terrible pair of jeans, get rid of it.

Allowing ourselves to be weighed down by unrealistic expectations, people pleasing, chasing the
elusive moment of perfection (I have yet to see it) just runs us down and distracts us from our
God given gifts and talents.

So there it is, Saturday’s big confession.

I suck at that sort of thing and I am not going to pretend that I don’t.

I tried it, and it gave me a happiness wedgie.

I seriously want to be neat, and organized, and have my meals planned out a month in advance.
But I can usually only think so far ahead, and someone with a bloody nose or muddy paws interrupts
before I can get that far anyways.

I like meal planning for a week.  I like to keep at least the main floor of our home clean enough to look
good but not obsess over it.

I don’t think I will ever be able to follow a cleaning schedule, I just do it when it looks gross, or right before
we arrive at gross.

So, that’s where this girl is at.  And it feels good to just say oh well, I tried something and it didn’t end up
being for me.

It’s freeing, to shrug a self-imposed expectation off.
And crumple up a to-do list.
Today there are McDonald’s wrappers on the floor of my truck, lots of mud by the back door, and a pile
of clean laundry that only needs to be put away (the think I despise the most!)

But I am making us a printable to hang up and remind ourselves to put the bat down,
wear pants that are comfortable, and not be afraid to say “I tried that, it’s not for me”
Whew, that feels good!

Are you letting go of things you thought you might enjoy, or thinking about it?
Failure isn’t failing and getting back up again, it’s staying there beating up on ourselves.
Or worrying about what other people think.
The people who love us, and get us, don’t want to see us spinning our wheels.

Put on some yoga pants and do what works for you today friend, love you so!

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