I’ve missed writing in my blog and I’ve missed the interaction I have with all of you over these last several weeks.
As this is my first year blogging, I entered my peak season at work (this fall) with little idea of how I was going to manage blogging and meeting my seasonal deadlines. Because the volume of my work comes in unpredictable spurts, I’d go through weeks of relative quiet disrupted by weeks of all-consuming demands. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I have been working 24/7. The problem is that I spend all my working hours reading and editing in front of a computer, and by the time I am through with each day my shoulders are so stiff and my brain so fried that I’m unable and often unwilling to get anywhere near my keyboard…
The forced hibernation thus pushed me into other activities. Over the past month, I’ve accomplished the following things:
- I became clean. I mean I’ve miraculously developed an eye for clutter and dirt in my house and a sudden distaste for messiness. I can’t explain it except that, ever since I wrote my last blog post about how out of control I felt over my lack of organizational skills, I spent half of Thanksgiving scrubbing and decluttering our house. All I see now is dirt, dirt everywhere! And I can’t stand it.
- I learned how to swim. I’d signed up for and completed an 8-week course. The weekend before the last class, I found myself swimming 2/3 the length of the pool, stopping when I had reached the deep end (I’m still too terrified to get near the 6′ end). Surprisingly, I’ve found that I now love being in the water whereas even three months ago I was so scared and overwhelmed by it. Swimming destresses me, and not enjoying too many other physical activities, I now have hope that I don’t have to ride into old age at risk for arthritis, heart disease, etc.
- I’d developed a routine with Fred and helped him get over the hump of his first grade transition. While I was tearing my hair out in September not understanding why he couldn’t hang up his jacket or wash his hands without being asked, he now can do these regular tasks on his own about 85% of the time. All I needed was awareness and a simple routine set up for him. Literally overnight he had changed because I had changed.
As I was doing these things, I couldn’t help realizing how instrumental my blogging and your feedback were in helping me reach these goals. I’d literally blogged about each one of those issues, and it was after processing them through with you, my readers, that something snapped inside of me, making me want to do something and to make a change.
I admire those many mothers who are able and/or make an effort to blog regularly despite the chaos and demands of daily life. I am trying to figure out my own best way to incorporate my blog into my life. So far, I am grateful that it has been malleable enough to grow with me…indeed, it has been powerful enough to develop me in ways I have not expected.