The word “constant” has been creeping up in my vocabulary a lot lately.
Talking to mothers about motherhood….it’s constant.
Talking to wives about marriage……it’s constant.
Talking to people about work…….it’s constant.
Talking to people about relationships…….it’s constant.
Talking to people about bill paying…..it’s constant.
Talking to people about staying organized…….it’s constant.
Talking to people about cleaning……it’s constant.
So, what does this mean? Life is constant. There is stuff in your life that constantly needs attention.
So, what do you do?
Take breaks when you can.
Appreciate the small breaks you get.
Realize this is what you signed on for when you became a wife, a mother, a friend, a member of a group, a homeowner, an employee.
Life ends up not really being about you but you in the context of life with all of the other people in it. It’s just how life is so you can fight it, fuss about it, talk about how bad it is, whine about it, cry about it or nag about it. But a better alternative might be to embrace it, change what you can about it and find things to be thankful in it. Your approach and your attitude makes all the difference in the world in having a miserable life or a wonderful life……either way, it’s going to be constant.
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I think I have messed myself up…..not the first time. I have been looking at some challenges that run for 30 days (sound familiar?). These challenges, on the face of them, seem manageable, important for my health or work goals and necessary. These challenges seem like the answer for me……I can do any of these for 30 days. Let’s go over the list of the 30 day challenges I have hoped to complete.
1. 30 day squat challenge…..start with 55…..by day 30 you’ll be doing 245.
2 1 mile walk/run every day for 30 days.
3. 30 day arm toning challenge. What 54 year old women wouldn’t love to trim her wing span?
4. Ultimate Blogging Challenge….no big deal….blog for 30 days straight.
None of these seem difficult when in isolation. However, coupled with my schedule, real life and the other challenges, they have somehow or another dissipated into the can I even start the challenges. For example:
1. 30 day squat challenge………started strong…..got up to 100. Christmas came and there went that one! I am still beating both my son’s girlfriends because I started!
2. 1 mile walk/run…….rain, cold equals I don’t think so
3. 30 day arm toning challenge…..nope didn’t even start it, yet.
4. Ultimate Blogging Challenge….yep….so far, so good. 5 days and counting.
So what does all this say. I either need to set more realistic goals or I really like writing more than I like exercising. I think I know the answer, however, being the stubborn person I am, I am going to keep trying to start and complete these challenges. I know I won’t be sorry I did.
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in the last 45 days, I have taken on a lot of writing projects. I am working on being more consistent with my blog. I am working on some freelance articles. I am working on an article for a magazine. I am honing my writing skills and my butt and my brain hurt!
Writing is exhilarating, fun, terrifying, frustrating and challenging all at the same time. While I am writing my blog, I am trying to think about the message I want to send so I think and I think some more – brain hurts!
While writing the freelance articles, I have to research and write and rewrite – butt and brain hurt!
While writing the magazine article I have to sit and tweak, cut words, change words, edit, edit and edit some more – butt hurts!
Writing is something I really love to do. As Jeff Goins says, “you are a writer when you say you are.” Well, I am saying I am so what am I doing about it? Writing and writing some more. You can’t write while walking around so you sit. Some people can write while standing at a tall desk, but not me! I would spend more time worrying about the fact that I am standing up all day and then my feet would hurt!
My butt and my brain are engaged in activities out of the ordinary but that is okay; it is the kind of hurt that you know will all be worth it!
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