Life List

It's Wednesday.  Hump Day.  The day that once we are through it we are more than halfway to the weekend.   Working 5 days to enjoy the 2 days of the weekend.  That is how most people live, but is that what you dreamed of when you were a kid and wanted so desperately to "grow up"?  I doubt it.

I don't remember much about what I envisioned of my life when I was a kid, but I know what I want my life to look like now.  However, laundry and errands and 'stuff' just tends to get in the way sometimes.  Especially if you don't have a plan!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Enter the Life List - things you want to do or experience in your life.  For most people (myself included), this list is full of exciting travel and big dreams  But what about the small stuff?  How do you want to spend your days?  If you don't think about it, your days can easily be sucked up by surfing the net, binge-watching Netflix, and going to bed t…

5 Ways to Build a Life You Don't Need a Vacation From

So if you have been on any motivational Instagram feed, I’m sure you have seen a beautiful photo with this text:  “Build a Life you don’t need a vacation from.”  Or the slightly awkward but grammatically correct, “Build a life from which you don’t need a vacation.”  

So how do you do that?  
1.  Find a JOB that you enjoy.  
Work is a fact of life.  You will spend much of your waking time at work, so you need to enjoy that time.  If you dread going to work, you need to look at your options. Maybe a different company or a different career altogether. Find a job where you enjoy your coworkers and enjoy your work.  Don't live life waiting for the weekend or vacation.  
2.  Live where you want to be.  
If you love to vacation because you love WHERE you vacation (the beach, the mountains, etc.) then look at whether you can move to that place.  Love the beach?  Plenty of people live and work in coastal communities all over the world.  Unless you work in a highly specialized field that is on…

Too Much

So today I started thinking about all of the things I have to complain about:
Too much laundryToo much to clean Too much stuff and not enough storage Too much to do 
And then I realized, am I really going to complain about having TOO MUCH???!? How ridiculous to complain rather than count my blessings! 
So here I go: I have enough clothes for myself and my family.I have a house that keeps us safe and provides a place of rest and comfort. I have what I need to meet my needs. I have a full life of family, friends, and work.  I feel ashamed as I realize that there are so many people who would love to have the things that I complain about. 
Now, I must go put away some laundry. 😊

Teacher versus Parent

I have been a public school teacher for over 15 years.  This past year was the first year I was a parent of a public school student.  I really thought that all my experience as a teacher would prepare me for Kindergarten.  I had a lot of expectations (some that I realize now were unrealistic and even a little silly) and the reality was far different.

Kindergarten was a tough year for us.  We had to fight for a lot of things that we felt Castiél needed.  I didn't enjoy that process, and seeing "school" from that side of the table has really changed my viewpoint and my interactions with parents.  Also, I have finally realized that when I put my child into school, I had all of the expectations and baggage from my own schooling.  I was always a people pleaser - I wanted the teacher to like me, and I was usually (but not always) the "teacher's pet."  I guess I wanted to be the teacher's favorite as a parent too.  That's the completely silly and unrealis…

Checking off the list: Chop Chop

As the days tick forward toward my 40th birthday (1.5 years away), I am working on checking off the list of my 40 before 40 bucket list items!

One thing I wanted to do was donate my hair.  I had wanted to at one extreme haircut, but because my hair was layered it wasn't long enough to donate.  The high school where I work hosts a hair drive for Pantene Beautiful Lengths every year.  So a little more than a year ago I decided I would grow my hair out to donate.  I loved my long hair, but the short 'do is great for summer, and guess what?  Hair grows!  :)  I'll have long hair again before you know it! 

Whole30 Reflections

On my last weekend of Whole30, I thought I would share some reflections.

For those of you who don't know, Whole30 is an elimination diet, in which you eliminate sugar (and sugar substitutes), dairy, grains, legumes, and alcohol for 30 days.  The idea is that by getting these common food irritants out of your system, you can decrease inflammation in your body and then add them back in slowly to find out how different foods affect your body.

We did this mainly for the health benefits and curiosity.  We eat pretty healthy (few processed foods, eat out rarely, and eat lots of fruits and veggies) but thought it might help kickstart some healthier habits.

Here are some of my reflections as we finish up this program:

The eating part was not difficult - you can have potatoes, so it's simple to have a meat, vegetable, and potato for dinner.  There is a lot more prep in cooking because there are very few shortcuts that you can take if you aren't eating any processed foods.  I am lu…

Feeling like a hot mess . . .

Every year, month, week, and day, I think, THIS is going to be when I get organized and get my life together.  Spoiler alert:  It never happens.  I am more organized than some and less organized than others, and while I could probably make small changes to make my life more efficient, it probably isn't going to happen overnight.  And that's okay.  
I used to get places early.  Now I get there late.  That's okay.  At least I get there, right?  
I have piles of laundry (both clean and dirty) that just somehow keep reproducing.  But I have enough clothes for my family, and washer/dryer in my house, which is a luxury most people in the world do not have.  So I'm thankful for the laundry.  Even when it stares at me and taunts me to just fold it and put it away already.  
I live in a fixer-upper.  It was a fixer-upper when we bought it 10 years ago, and it still is a fixer-upper.  We have done a lot of work and made a lot of progress, but it has been a much slower process t…