Do y’all remember Project Elephant?
If you don’t, I don’t blame you. It’s been languishing in the shadows of pregnant-while-homeschooling-with-two-toddlers-then-having-a-newborn-then-having-a-relaxing-summer.
I know, I know. The excuses abound. In multi-hyphenate form, no less.
The truth is that I’ve actually been getting a fair bit done, even without my project elephant lists. Like more than usual, lately.
My productivity comes in waves, it feels like. I go through months-long blocks of exhaustion and, “Nope, not gonna happen right now.” And then, all of a sudden, my energy is renewed, and I feel up to waking up super early and tackling things that seemed utterly overwhelming only a few weeks before. (Case in point: I wrote this post early early this morning at Chick-fil-a while eating a fruit and yogurt parfait that was not entirely 14 Day Cleanse compliant but was better than the chicken + egg + cheese bagel I really want to be eating…while using their free Wifi because I woke up at 5 to exercise so I could be done with that for the day. What??!)
Obviously, I like the peppy stages more than the, “Can somebody please find me some toothpicks to prop my eyelids open” stages.
It’s almost impossible for us women not to put at least a few of our self-worth eggs in the accomplishment basket, especially in this day and age of (seemingly) endless productivity and creativity a la Pinterest plus 40 other new social media outlets a day (Periscope? Whaaaa?! I can’t even…I may eat those words, but I literally can’t even consider it right now).
So, OF COURSE, I like myself a little better when I’m kicking tail and taking names (by my standards; someone else probably wouldn’t be impressed) in the project/house cleaning/life department.
But I’ve also read Ecclesiastes. I’ve heard The Byrds’ Turn! Turn! Turn!
I am aware that there are seasons for everything, including nothing. As in “accomplishing” nothing. And being okay with that.
I’ve come to realize that my spurts of energy don’t usually come in the spring. I realize I’m supposed to see all that new life sprouting and feel this undeniable urge to clean! all! the! things!
But I don’t.
Instead, I just mentally calculate how many weeks of homeschooling we have left and weigh that against how much sanity I have left…and hope for it to break even. How’s that for honesty?
But the fall? That’s another story. After a relaxing, refreshing summer, when the weather starts to feel just a little bit less like I’m constantly swimming in a simmering pot of soup, I start to itch for something to paint or organize or rearrange. Plus, if you’re anything like me (and I know some of you are because you’ve already told me), there’s nothing like a party or a deadline to jump start your “git ur dun” battery.
Weeeelll, I have both looming. We’re having a party for the twins’ 3rd (????!!! How?!) birthday in a couple of weeks + plus some pictures that will be done at the house. And I need to get a move on.
After the world’s longest, most rambling introduction that basically could have been summed up with:
I feel like getting stuff done, y’all
I give you:
This list is both ambitious (the craft room alone might be the death of me) and truncated (because there’s always more to do), but it’s a good start.
I will, of course, be blogging about each project as I finish it.
And I would, of course, love to know if I have any fellow one-bite-at-a-time project-ers out there.
Care to share what you’re working? Misery loves company, and all that.
Do you go through spurts of energy/lethargy too? If you’re just straight up productive all the time, I don’t think we can be friends. 🙂Like what you read? Like M is for Mama on facebook (pretty please?):