I woke up today and buzzed around getting my coffee, turning off outdoor lights and opening curtains.
Glancing down at my to-do list and thinking of the glorious day ahead I could feel the excitement this thinking of all I can accomplish.
We are mid-way thru adding on the the existing chicken coop so we can get our long-awaited for chickens into their new home.
Our hallway/main bathroom is a mish-mash of every bad design decision from the 70’s and 80’s. Planning that bright, fresh makeover has been fun. I cannot wait to show you the before and after.
Somewhere between excitement and planning however I got lost in my to-do’s and forgot completely how far we have come.
My mind quickly shifted to the long list of things that still need to be done.
Those are long lists aren’t they?
I found myself feeling immediately defeated and was kind of surprised how quickly I went from elated to overwhelmed.
As I drank my coffee and looked around I saw something.
Something to be proud of and remind me that this is a journey of lots of steps and projects not an epic weekend remodel with 74 volunteers and someone screaming MOVE THAT BUS.
A DONE list.
So many things have been completed, so many projects I am proud of that bring me joy each day.
To think that the list of projects that I look forward to turned into a daunting task ahead made me realize that it was me that had to change.
I have to change how I see the things around me, and be willing to extend the same grace I have with others to myself too.
To slow down a bit, yes that means choosing NOT to do something and be “busy” all the time to stop and enjoy how far we have come.
Iv’e worn busy like a badge of honor at times in my life and yeah I got a lot done. But that is a season not to stay in forever. We need our down time too.
I finished my coffee, ok, two cups back to back really strong lol that is how I wake up 🙂 and I looked around this little house of mine.
And you know what? We have come a long way!
Sure that does not shorten the to-do list but you know what? It gives me such a sense of peace and accomplishment to go back over my DONE list.
We are doing great, and you know what? You are too, we all are doing the best we can and trying to eek out a little time for us and our creative minds. So what if the dishes don’t get done and everyone had cereal for dinner.
I guess I just needed a bit of a reality check and a shift in focus this morning to see how truly amazing we humans are.
We have such a capacity to create, and love, and give. And when we can make the home around us a place we love to be one little project at a time we gotta step back every so often and remind ourselves that we are doing great.
Here is to an amazing weekend with a few things to work on and some time to enjoy the things that make us happy.
And the people we love, that love us back.
Thank you as always for reading friend, love you so!