It really is amazing how often throughout the day I feel like “Oh, I’m so behind! I’ll never catch up or finish this to-do list or have a functioning, clean house! I’ll never get a break! I’m late for everything! Today is not my day. How can we pull out of this?!?” Usually that feeling happens in the morning. (See below.) But sometimes it happens all day long.
And then miraculously an hour later, or five minutes later, or four hours later, I will feel the total opposite feelings! I am thinking to myself, “I am amazing! I’m totally killing this to-do list today! I’m even ahead! Look at how much I got done! I think I even have time to start another project! My house will stay clean and orderly forever!” (See below.)
It is shocking how often I waffle between those two emotional places thought out the day! I’m sure part of it is being a mom and the unpredictable days that motherhood brings. Some days, no one naps and everyone wreaks havoc and nothing gets done. Other days, all of the children nap or they play quietly like little angel babies in their rooms. Although it is hard to adjust to and deal with some days, I do feel like that kind of crazy non-schedule brings out the productive dragon in me. I am learning to be patient on the crazy days, but when I get a few minutes to work, I fly through stuff and no one can keep up. I’m convinced there is no one more productive on earth than a mom with a sleeping baby.
This cycle happens all day, every day, all week long. However, on Sundays, I try to make it a different story. I really enjoy Sundays because I try to cool it on the work front and lay low with the kids after church. We’ll color, play trains, or go on walks. It can be hard to slow down, but it’s worth it.
I haven’t been thrifting often lately, but I did stop in last week and found these two gems. I’m always on the lookout for globes, so this was a great find, and this cross-body bag just knocked my socks off. It cost more than I normally spend thrifting, but it is such nice leather and handmade. I had to scoop it up!
Overall, this week has been pretty great. We’ve been sick and had a few frustrating points, but I think I’m learning to roll with those things better and find new ways each day to just feel happy. I’d rather have a good day than a bad one, so no matter what happens I’m trying to see the good and keep a positive perspective. I think it has been helping the kids and me both. Many mornings this week I’ve had the thought, “Oh man today is going to be rough.” But by the time Soren gets home I’m ready to tell him what a great day it was. It’s a constant battle, but I love how focusing on our attitude really changes so many little things in big ways.
How do you keep an optimistic perspective? What were you working on this week?