Tuesday, September 30, 2008

unfinished.

i've got many (and i mean many!) half-done projects going on right now, so why not add another? sounds logical, right? (i know my dad is laughing right now!)

i am the Queen of undone projects. just visit my home and you'll see that first hand. HA!


Exhibit A
a bathroom that i lost steam on while painting when only 10 minutes away from being finished (and excuse the horrid coloring....the paint is really a lovely soft butter yellow color)
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Exhibit B
a little girl's bedroom that i had grand ideas for....just not yet executed.
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Exhibit C
a really cool graphic circle pattern on one playroom wall, not finished.
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Exhibit D
a kid art gallery in the hall---half up.

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and let's not even talk about the kitchen. there's more, and that list doesn't include all my crafty projects. Oy.

i have GREAT intentions, but with 2 kids constantly under foot, working from home (and away from home), and being just one quick movement away from writhing in pain every day, i just can't get it all done. it's discouraging and overwhelming to have so much on my TO DO list. (but secretly fulfilling----says the girl who lives by her lists. hee. what would i do if my list had nothing ON it? oh, the horror!)

so, what it boils down too, is that i put way too much pressure on myself to get it all done AND i have too many projects already.

BUT.
(you knew there was a "but" didn't you?)

but, ali edwards' project on her blog called a Week in the Life (details here).........i just can't resist.

i'm not really sure why it is so intriguing to me, capturing everyday life, but it is. i'm sure you've figured out by now, i don't share the good the bad and the ugly. oh, no.

i share the good the bad, and the PRETTY! 'cause who wants to see my ugly?

i don't even want to see it most days. but the truth of the matter is, i live a MESSY, thrilling life (wonderful book btw, by Sabrina Ward Harrison) with TWO very spunky little girls and ONE fantastic man, who is nothing more than a big kid himself!

our life is in CONSTANT motion. it's not perfect. but somehow i strive for everything around me to be perfect. i hate that little BIG part of my personality. i'm learning to let go and just have my own standard of living and not try to compare to anybody else. that's my biggest obstacle. doug does a great job reminding me that it's okay to not get it all done. if it wasn't for him, i'd never relax. he must feel like a broken record saying "chillax, baby, it's gonna be okay." and somehow his voice makes the stress melt away and the urgency of the chore dissipate like a vapor.

got off on a tangent there, huh? so anyway. during this process, i hope to learn a little more about myself and what makes our family dance gracefully (and sometimes not so gracefully). but also, in the process, capture those not to pretty moments and those boring, mundane moments that i'm faced with day in and day out. record our everyday, here and now. i'm hoping to be more in tune and live in the moment this week.....

it'll be interesting to look at this project a year from now and see how things have changed.

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