Hi y’all! 🙂
On Fridays I typically share five highlights from the week, but like last month, I’ll be sharing what I learned this month and linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky. So without further ado, here are five things that I learned this month …
ONE. Doing it “all” is not possible and trying to do it “all” isn’t healthy.
A few weeks ago a friend reminded me that we can’t be productive every hour that we’re awake (or even the majority of them). She said it so nonchalantly but it was so profound for me. I have gotten it in my head that every day it should be possible for me to work out, put in a full day’s work at my day job, walk my dog, save money while grocery shopping, cook dinner (and pack lunches for me and Matt), do projects around the condo, blog…. oh and be a great wife, friend, sister, and daughter. That’s daunting for me. When I go into a day with the expectation that I can do all of these things if I just try hard enough all day, it leaves me feeling disappointed at the day’s end when things are left undone. I’ve been learning (for a long time, but more intentionally the last month), that I can’t do everything and it’s not healthy for me to try. I have to make choices about what I’m going to do and when I say “yes” to one thing, I have to be willing to let other things go undone.
TWO. I need more down time than I typically give myself.
This kind of goes with #1, but over the last month I’ve given myself more down time. I’ve relished more time reading on the couch by not trying to always squeeze in “one more thing.” Through this I’ve learned that I need more down time than I had been giving myself. I end up getting more done if I get more sleep. I am more productive at work if I have already decided that I’m going to have time to read a few chapters in my book before bed, instead of having a long evening to-do list hanging over my head.
THREE. I need to ask more questions before I start
A few weeks ago, Matt and I were discussing a decision that could cause some changes and stress.* We talked about the general framework and then decided to talk more in-depth about it the next evening. I spent the next day stressing about it and making lists of ideas and questions. When we both got home from work and talked briefly, we decided against the change. All of my worrying had been useless. I mean, all worry is useless, right? This was just especially needless. I should have asked more questions and made sure that we were going to make the change before I began planning and making lists. I could have saved myself some time and stress.
*No, not a baby. We’d like to wait a while longer!
FOUR. WhimseyBoxes are awesome!
I’ll do a full post later, but my awesome sister-in-law bought me a 3-month membership to WhimseyBox, a subscription-based service that sends you a monthly craft complete with supplies and instructions. I got the first one on Monday and did it last night and it is SO fun! I may be addicted! (P.S. If you use this link, you can get $5 off your subscription – it’s worth it!
FIVE. Stomach bugs are horrible.
Matt and I got hit with what we thought was food poisoning on Sunday night /Monday morning. Apparently there is a vicious stomach bug going around that is being mistaken for food poisoning; since our timeline didn’t make sense for food poisoning, we think we had this bug. While this was a really rough couple of days, it made me appreciate our access to safe, healthy food and medical care. I made an easy trip to the store on Monday to get Gatorade, soup, ginger ale, etc. and it was a relief to know that we were only a couple of miles from Urgent Care even though we didn’t have to go. My sweet friend Ashley is facing much harder circumstances in Uganda and this week was a reminder for me to pray hard for her and our friends in Uganda as they face much bigger health concerns with far less friendly circumstances.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We’re starting to paint he kitchen cabinets this weekend! I’ll be back next week with updates and to tell you more about my WhimseyBox! 🙂
I’m linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, with Lauren for High Five for Friday, with Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites, and with the girls of Five on Friday (Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha). You can see my other Friday posts here.