Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wow, it's been a while since I posted! I seem to have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love to post and read comments and look back to see things we've done, but sometimes it feels like homework if you know what I mean... I want to do it, but I don't want to feel obligated to do it. And truthfully, I'm not, the only person that makes me feel that way is me. Does anyone else go through this or am I alone on the train to Crazytown?

The bigger problem is the tendency to want to do things perfectly or not at all. I am an all or nothing kind of girl. Worst.trait.ever - I make myself nuts with this one! If I don't have the time/energy/pictures ready just the way I want them, it makes it easy for me to say I'll just do it later. The problem is when 'later' comes I still have the same problems, but now it's a bit easier to push it off. It's the same way with crafting, dieting, cleaning, etc. But ironically, not with organizing and a few other things. I'm weird. My kids are always telling me, "Mom, it doesn't have to be perfect!" and they are right.

(The other problem is that I'm surrounded and outnumbered by animals. At any given moment something is pooping, gagging, chewing or any number of distracting things somewhere in my house...sigh. Right now I can hear the delightful sounds of the cat upchucking a hairball in the basket on top of my fridge - jealous?)

Thankfully, two of the cats will be moving on to a new home on Sunday YAY!

So where was I? Oh, yes, perfection... So, I know what the problem is and in the immortal words of G.I. Joe, "Knowing is half the battle!"

And the other half? Well, there's some hilarious answers to that on Google, but for me it's baby steps. I.E. maybe I don't have the time/mental fortitude to write a blog post, but I CAN start a draft to lay out some thoughts, or it's too chaotic to sweep and mop the entire house right now but I CAN do the area that's bugging me the most....that kind of thing.

Have you heard the expression, 'You can't see the forest for the trees.'? My amazing husband is a 'forest' kind of guy. He sees the big picture even if the details are a bit fuzzy. On the other hand I am a 'trees' person. I get overwhelmed if I try to take it all on and prefer to focus on the smaller details. For some reason I forget this sometimes and think I can take on the forest. That's when I run into problems. Knowing this, I can set my tasks/goals in small increments (baby steps) and be happy with what I've accomplished rather than trying to get it all done perfectly at once.

You'll know if it works if I keep posting regularly. If not I'm probably lost in the forest watching cartoons from the '80's or cleaning up cat puke to justify putting it off... Feel free to send out a search party!

What about you? Are you a 'forest' or 'trees' person? Remember "Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey"? Oops, I just spent a while getting distracted over there - but we'll save my ADD issues for another day...

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Well since it has been a while that you lastt posted I know it has been longer for me. I can say that you are not the only one that feels that way, but there are times that you just have to to so what has to be done. I also know the feeling of being obligated to do something, there are things that I love to dobut I know if it was my job I would come to hate it.

    Now you can't have everything perfectly no matter how hard you try. There is only one that is perfect and that is God. However itnis your inperfections that make you wonderful and different from everyone else. Also you make time for things that are important to you, no matter if you want to blog or diet. I think that is the problem now days is that we allow ourselves to be tuned into other things, and take away from the things that are truly important. (Oh, look a squirrel.) Sorry, let my mind wander for a second. Things like God and family, other than those two things I can't think of anything more important.

    I may be a "forest" type person,but since you are the "trees" type I think we are a good match. However being a "tree" person it can get very overwhelming when you start looking at all the different things that are going on. Baby steps is the best way to tackle anything that is overwhelming and beleive it or not a "forest" person can get overwhe;med too. I think it is the bushes that get in the way that make details fuzzy for a "forest" type.

    Now if you are watching the 80's cartoons, it might be time to move to the 90's cartoons. Lol.