May 29 – 2: Unpacking in a timely fashion

I am terrible about getting chores done. I procrastinate like crazy, and usually wind up negotiating with myself. Is the floor really THAT dirty? Surely it can wait another week to be cleaned. And since we’ll have to clean before the next time we have people come over anyway, there’s really no point in cleaning anything NOW, is there?

But my practical, mature, chore-accomplishing side has won out today. At least when it comes to unpacking my suitcase from our weekend trip, anyway. I’ve already gotten it done. Which is great – it makes me feel like I’m actually a real adult. Now on to the next step: laundry!

(Or maybe that can wait – I don’t really need any more clean clothes before the weekend, do I?)

May 27 – 3 Mindfulness

You don’t really know me yet, but I swear I’m not a total New Age hippie, despite what you might think when you see the word “mindfulness.” But today I am excited about trying to be a little more mindful of the good things in my life. I’ve noticed that it’s really easy for me to get stuck in a rut. I get up, go to work, and spend my day interacting with kids and teachers, which overall I love to do. Then come home and get sucked into consuming media in one format or another – watching funny videos on YouTube, or playing Bubble Spinner, or watching great TV shows with my husband, J. And then I go to bed, and I get up the next day and do more or less the same thing. And there’s nothing really wrong with that – I like most of the things I do most days, and overall I’m pretty happy. But as I already mentioned, I don’t always follow through on my ideas very well, and I wish I was a little better at actually getting things done. So I’m trying to step back from my typical routine, to be a little more thoughtful about how I’m spending my time, and about what I truly enjoy. I’m hoping this blog will help me with that – help me to be more mindful of my choices and my life, and not just autopilot through the day. And I’m excited to be starting this process.