Today I’m doing something different. I thought I’d spend some time on something more personal and hope you’ll indulge me. 🙂
Every year I get about a week off around the holidays and it’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of work. I always get caught in the same thing though….I make a huge list of things to get done. They are not normally fun tasks, but things I think will set me up for success down the road (sorting our files to get ready for taxes, for example).
Every year I make a list and every year I end up exhausted at the end of the week and discouraged because I didn’t complete it. Whenever I lament about not being organized or that “I should’ve gotten more done” my husband reminds me that no human being would’ve been able to complete the dozens of things I had listed. Not to mention the fact that I’m doing it all while anchored by a chronic disease! And you know what, he’s right. I deserve to enjoy the vacation time I get, and so do you! This year I’ve decided I am going to take a REAL break. I’m going to make a SMALL list of things and remind myself that if I am more relaxed by the end of the break, it has been a success. Having Lupus has made me more in tune with my body, but sometimes I still ignore it when it tells me to SLOW DOWN. This year I know I need the rest and I not going to feel guilty about taking it.
I am guessing you want to know what’s on my list. It’s simple:
- Work on this blog– this is by far the most fun thing on the list. I’m going to take this week to work on more posts that I can pepper in when I’m lacking inspiration down the road. I hate feeling rushed when I write a post and would like to allow myself a more than 12-hour buffer. I also feel like I owe that to you guys who are nice enough to stop by and read what I have to say (not to mention, I’m sure my husband would like more than a few hours notice to edit a post). Stay tuned for updates to the look of By the Pounds also in the next few months! I also plan to test a recipe or two.
- Work on my resume– While this one isn’t fun, it’s a necessary evil. I keep putting it off and it would do me good to spend a few uninterrupted hours updating it.
- Re-organize the kitchen– You guys know how much I’m into organization, but our kitchen is a bit of a disaster right now, between the blog and the holidays it’s ben hard to keep up. My husband and I are going to spend some time re-evaluating- getting rid of things we don’t use, maybe moving things around for better functionality and tackling our walk-in pantry. We are so lucky to have this pantry but we need to make it easier to use. I have started just throwing things in there, rather than putting them where they belong which means we end up with crap everywhere (see photo below). I hope to update you on our progress here or through Twitter and Instagram.
When I am not working on the list, you will most likely find me sleeping, cooking, coloring, painting my nails, or reading- all things I love to do to relax.
Are you guilty of the impossible to do list? How do you unwind? Let me know in the comments!