I made my bed today.
This is a big deal. I can’t remember the last time I made my bed – I don’t even do it when I change my sheets. I have entered the Dawn of a New Era. Today is significant because it is the first full week of my children being back in school. Not only that, but it is the first full week of my youngest child being in school for a full day.
Seven hours. I now have 7 whole hours a day of no child time.
No “Mom, can you get me something to eat.”
No “Mom, can you wipe my butt?”
No “Mom, can you put on this movie.”
Seven hours when I am no longer primarily Mother and Caretaker.
Summer was hard. Not hard as in miserable or horrible, but 97% of my time was spent picking up and dropping off kids, feeding and entertaining. That only leaves 3% of my time to: run my business, clean, work on the household projects or anything else. The weekend before the first day of school I slept seven hours worth of naps. Seriously. Summer was exhausting.
I’m not much one for making or following schedules but with the amount of work pilled up over the summer months I thought I should try it. I actually made a Monday through Friday Schedule of how to most effectively use my time – but I can’t find it now.
Never-fear, I’m going to try to remember it, here goes:
Monday: Work in office, cook actual dinner for kids.
Tuesday: Clean house and work on home improvement projects.
Wednesday: More office work and writing.
Thursday: Volunteer and cook a real dinner again.
Friday: Be creative!
With my house a total wreck and home improvement projects piling up I’ve been stymied all summer in pursing the creative activities that I love – WRITING (Blogging world I’ve missed you), Quilting, Sewing, Crocheting, Painting, etc…) I was hindered from creating by vicious Guilt that bound me in dormancy by a dirty house and undone projects (that weren’t getting cleaned or completed anyway – but that’s what Guilt does).
No more! Dirt or no, HI projects will wait – on Fridays – I’m creating…something.
And it all started with me making my bed this morning. This is the dawn of a new era and I am so ready for it.
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