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The Inevitable

Posted by on February 27, 2015

Happy Friday y’all!

What a crazy month February has been! I still look back and wonder what happened. I had started out so strong with goals and plans and lists. Unfortunately, it all went south. Fast. It might have had something to do with 10 days of back-to-back meetings, three major shopping trips, and a Super Bowl Party. Did I mention that I am an introvert?

And then we all got sick. Starting with my oldest, and from there it was all downhill domino style. I was the last to get it. Fun, right? But hey, I lost five pounds!

So I look at my vision board, adjust, and keep on keeping on.

snowfight 2015

Why, yes, that is a snowball headed for my head.

This past weekend, I was finally feeling like I was coming out of the dark ages and into the light. I felt normal again, ready to tackle a new week with all the crazy projects I’ve got going on. Then we had three snow days. In Texas! How’s that for messing up a routine, eh? Secretly, though, I LOVED it. What better excuse to have fun with the family? And I didn’t have to go ANYWHERE! I did mention that I am an introvert, right? Ha!

And then my hubby informed me that our youngest probably doesn’t need a nap anymore. I didn’t want to believe it. I’ve held on for so long, but I have to face the inevitable. My available work hours have been cut in half.

Ever feel like you are trying to squeeze blood from a rock? Or is that water from a stone? Or something else entirely?

Panic’s icy presence is hovering at the edges of my mind, but I refuse to be overwhelmed. I’ve got my blinders on. Focus! I’ve learned to create lists and adjust. Thank you, Ralene! I owe much of my sanity to her, by the way. And she has just started a series on time management. 

So I will rise to the challenge, which means, I’ve got to cut back. At least for this season. That’s what you call living life balanced between reality and dreams. Ha! So no more reading for reviewing for a while. I’ll be blogging once a week instead of three times like I was. Just tightening where I can so when my writing time comes, I’m focusing on getting book two ready for you all.

The hard part of prioritizing is not choosing against something you don’t like, but having to choose what lines up the most with your long term goals and trimming away the rest. You know, like not indulging in that yummy, chocolaty comfort food when weight-loss is a goal.

But perhaps, I can find a way to have my cake and eat it too. Ha!

So how are YOU doing? What do you do to encourage yourself to keep on keeping on?


There’s still time to enter the giveaway for Mardan’s Mark by Kathrese McKee! Giveaway ends Sunday night at 11:59pm. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

8 Responses to The Inevitable

  1. Ralene Burke

    Thanks for the shout out, hun! Goodness do I remember those days, and all the craziness. Did you now my youngest quit taking naps at 2? Seriously. And no, that wasn’t me giving up on trying. We still had rest time though. He’d have to sit quietly and watch a couple of shows or look at books. Mommy was able to get an hour of work in that way. Woohoo!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      That is exactly what I am going to have to do. And try not to put a movie on, every day. It will require me to plan out the day more. Thanks for stopping by! And no problem! I finally figured out that I had to tell my blog to let bloggers know if I’ve linked to them. Whoops. 🙂

  2. Kessie

    Goodness, what a month! Hopefully things calm down–you’ll find a new routine, hopefully.

    Also, I love the pictures from your snow day. So much cuteness!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Kessie! I feel like I’ve been “cutting back” forever now. Either, I haven’t actually done much “cutting back” or I have really lived my life out of balance. But I am hopeful things will calm down a bit and that I find a new routine. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jenelle Leanne

    My six year old still has “quiet time” when the younger two have naps. Sometimes I give her some schoolwork that I know she can handle on her own (copying a verse, illustrating a Bible story…) or she plays with legos, reads a book, has independent craft time (which she LOVES).

    I’m having to cut back as well. I just pulled myself out of the A-Z blogging challenge. If I had the posts all ready to go like I’d planned, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but I hadn’t gotten a single one written yet… and I will not have time to do so in March.

    I totally understand everything you said… does it make me a horrible person that it’s kind of nice to know I’m not the only one who feels like 2015 is already slipping away, even though it’s only February?

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Jenelle. It does not make you a horrible person. Quite the contrary. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
      We got in a bad habit this fall by letting her watch her “movies” after I’ve dropped my oldest off at kindergarten, because I’ve had so many other outside commitments that involved phone calls or emails or something. But I think if I can get her back to the way we were doing “school” during the summer, I can redeem the time a bit. Of course, all of us being sick and having snow days and all, it’s really thrown any routine out the door. Just got to step back, re-evaluate, adjust, and keep on keeping on. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. L. E. Carmichael

    February has been brutal over here, too. Hoping March looks up for both of us!

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