However, not all my time has been spent on the fun, exciting things. I have also been focusing on getting a routine down for the kids and I to keep our house in order. I can't even tell you how long I have been "working on a chore chart"... pins on my Pintrest date back to quite a few months ago! I always have intentions on getting things done, but there are simply too many things to do in the day! Okay, can I use the excuse that us creative people thrive in chaos?? No? Well, there is some truth to that. But, as a Mother who wants her children to be better organized for the sake of their future families, I'm kind of stuck being the example. So, with the help of my dear co workers, practically family, I got a good kick in the pants. The chore chart is up, reward system in place, and rooms becoming organized! I'm pretty proud of myself! It only took 30 years, but I got it!
I have to admit, though, I am incapable of "Straightening up" the house. Do a different task for 30 min everyday to maintain a clean home? Impossible for me! I basically make a bigger mess while I clean, because I have to reorganize everything. I have to be meticulous when I clean... I mean, not even by choice! It's just how my mind works. My friend can clean half my house in 30 min. She says, " Don't even think about it. Just do it!" Um...huh? How in the world does that happen? I think about every detail of what I'm doing, for everything, always. I will spend 30 min going through my stack of papers on the counter! Oh, but wait! Then there's that journal in the midst of that stack of papers that I need to take to my room... then I sit on my bed and read through some dreams I had written down, trying to interpret them... but then I realize how comfortable I am sitting on my bed and I figure, I may as well take a short nap before heading back to work... then, before you know it, 2 1/2 hours have gone by and I'm only halfway through the stack of papers on my counter and I need to go back to work! Haha! Truly, this is me.
I've given up using my birth order as an excuse. I've given up trying to blame my parents for not teaching me how to clean properly. Really, it's not their fault I was able to get myself out of responsibilities by being a master manipulator of cuteness!
So, I am trying to figure out a way to use them to do most of the housework! And, honestly, so long as I have a reward system in place and they are competing with each other to beat the clock so they get "bonus" first, we're all happy! It's completely fair and there's no way of cheating. Now, mind you, this is a very new system and it typically takes 30 days of being consistent for it to stick. So, it's a work in progress. I would say my home is 50% cleaner than usual, but 80% more organized than usual. That's a win in my book!
I hope I'm not boring you, completely, with my routine of chaos. I feel like I'm catching up with old friends and I want to share everything! Plus, I'm really giving you an inside look as to how my brain works...or doesn't, depending on how you look at it. Ha!
I really have a million things racing through my mind throughout the day. Not in a bad way. There are just so many things I am passionate about and get excited about! I try to figure out, and daydream about all that I could and should do! For instance, I really want to plan on starting a business baking! Friends and patients of mine are really inspiring and encouraging me to move forward in it, and all the potential possibilities that business could be like! Then, I have several book ideas! Mostly children's books. I have so many ideas as to how to encourage our children and inspire them to discover their unique gifts that make them so special! Then, I have had a brilliant idea for an interactive website for families! And then there's my art I want to develop! And that isn't even mentioning it all!
You may be reading this and finding yourself diagnosing me with ADD, OCD, etc. I prefer to just say that I am blessed with many abilities and have discovered the limitless ability of creating anything I can imagine! Also, one of my best friends had given me this analogy, after I apologized to him for switching topics about 5 times in a 6 minute conversation! He said that he had heard it put this way, Men are like waffles and women are like spaghetti. Immediately, I got it! That is so,so accurate! Men compartmentalize everything. They get so lost when we, women, speak. We begin a conversation talking about how dinner was, then end up going over what happened the other night when so and so ate this, and , did you hear about what the schools are serving? All the way to, I cannot believe that teacher told that parent this! Ending up on the topic of politics... somehow! And that only took about 5 min. Hahaha!! See, spaghetti is all mixed up. Each noodle intertwines with several other noodles.
So, we are completely as we were wired/ designed to be. This is why women are often times better at multitasking. Anyway, my friends are doing a great job at making me feel like I am quite wonderful! They have helped me to embrace my weirdness and not be ashamed of it. I am truly thankful to God for surrounding me with an amazing support system, friends and family alike! My mind never rests, because it has been fashioned to continually inspire those around me who need to discover their own passions and, in turn, their calling!
Well, I must do some art right now...because I already made up my mind this afternoon that I would. Yes, I know it's 11:30 p.m.
But, if not now, while the creative juices are flowing, then when? Have an absolutely wonderful week!