Yesterday I got the most amazing comment from a wonderful reader.
She asked me how I came up with new projects day after day and decorated rooms and organized everything and kept my house clean and managed four children…
….and could I please explain how I got it all done.
And when I read the question….I had to stop and think for a moment.
I stopped and I thought…..
…..and then I laughed and laughed and laughed.
And so to celebrate 2014 and I thought I would share all my tips with you on how I manage to get it all done.
Are you ready?
Are you listening?
You might want to grab a pencil and paper…..
……so you don’t miss a word.
Not even a little.
I’m the friend who is always late……who opens her mouth and inserts her foot….who accidentally brings a boy gift to a girl baby shower…..who just tripped over four pairs of mud boots and an umbrella in the back hallway and then proceeded to track mud all over the house…..who brings slice and bake cookies to the pot-luck….
….still in the package.
I’m that girl.
And since we’re friends and all…..and it’s a new year….
….let’s just keep it real.
My house is sometimes messy.
My hallway is full of tracked-in mud right now.
My front porch still has silhouette pumpkins on the side.
My hair is on rare occasions amazing….but most of the time it has a mind of its own.
And my projects don’t always work out.
But at the end of the day…..I can say…..
….I’m always trying.
I’m trying to be the best mom I can be.
I’m trying to create a haven for my family from the storms and challenges of life.
I’m trying to take each day and drink every drop of every minute…..so I don’t miss a thing.
I’m trying to smile…..when sometimes no one smiles back.
Because really….just between us….I think that we are so busy sometimes looking at all the things we haven’t done or finished or made or created….
….that we miss all that we have truly accomplished.
We miss the little victories of the every day.
And that is the wonder of this incredible life that we live and this journey we are on together….that true joy and satisfaction and contentment…..
….can often just be found in the trying.
PS If you want to try something new today….
…..here’s an easy lettered chalkboard project for you.
My sister made this chalkboard for me for Christmas by taking an old oil painting that she found at a thrift shop and adding a saying made out of stickers.
Then she made a conversation bubble out of painter’s tape and painted the whole thing….frame included with chalkboard paint.
When she peeled off the stickers….the colors of the oil painting underneath showed through.
May your day be full of joy…..
….with an extra helping of trying.