One day, about a year or so ago, I was venting to a friend about my never-ending to-do list. As if she (or anyone else for that matter) didn’t have one just as long as mine. She obviously understood my woes, but she also suggested the brilliant concept of the “done” list, which includes writing down the tasks (even the littlest ones) that I actually did throughout the day. Because, let’s face it, we do so much more than what’s on our to-do list, and we often don’t take credit for it! Some of those things are give-ins, like tying shoes, putting on a band-aid or folding the laundry. But when the list is endless, sometimes we actually have to recognize those tasks as just as significant as those written on the list. Celebrating the small successes is really important. Because if we don’t, we can tend to focus too much on what’s not successful in our lives.
With my busy June and the Fourth of July in my happy memory, we have had a pretty normal week. But a few things come to mind that are highlighted successes in my book, and here they are:
I took all six of my children to The Lego Movie.
This is successful for two reasons:
1) It was fun! So often, my husband is seen as the fun parent, and I’m seen as the practical one. For the most part, it’s fine and it works, but sometimes, I need the chance to be the fun mom! And what says “fun mom” more than taking the children to a movie at 10 a.m. and buying popcorn, pop and
(sneaking in) candy!?
2) I remember after having my third child, I was overwhelmed by doing errands or going out by myself with all three of my girls. It was too unpredictable, and the cart was too crowded, and it was just easier to go by myself. Adding three more to the mix, I continued to be uncomfortable going places with all of the kids. But now that I have a tween who can go and get popcorn refills by herself and a 3yo who is almost potty trained, it is getting a bit easier to go out and about with all six of my children in tow. I still prefer to grocery shop by myself, but I didn’t even think twice about taking them to the movie on Tuesday. Victory!
I researched window treatments and throw pillows at Target and took pictures of them in the process.
(The taking-pictures-in-Target part is what makes this a true success. I felt so fancy, like I totally know what I’m doing! Ha!)
Ever since I finished The Nesting Place, I have been thinking quite a bit about my house and how much of it is “undone” and why. I have been thinking, dreaming and planning about little things I can do now to complete the rooms in my home. I’ve even talked about painting and doing some bigger projects with my husband, but I also just want to do a few simple things to build my own confidence in the area of home decorating.
Pictured here are just a few possibilities, and I’ll keep you posted on what I decide!
I added social media icons to my blog side bar.
I have wanted to do this for months, but to be honest, I had no clue how. But lately, the more I visit some of my favorite blogs and am introduced to new ones, the more I realize how sophisticated and pretty many blogs have become. They are beautiful! And I still have a simple blogger blog.
So in an effort to update and beautify, I decided to research how to add social media icons to my blog. I found a wealth of information, and it took awhile to sift through it all, but I finally found a great video tutorial by Blogaholic Designs, which makes adding social media icons to your blog totally simple! What a fabulous tutorial! I found my icons simply by searching for “free social media icons with goodreads.” I am not on Twitter or Instagram, and I have considered leaving Facebook. But I love Pinterest and Goodreads! The whole process of searching and reading posts and finally finding the video did take me awhile (like most of the day). And I had to actually do the process of adding them a couple times to get the icon size just right, only to realize I could just make my sidebar slightly wider to make them fit nicely. (I am not very techy, as you can see. Thankfully, my DH is, but I don’t always want to bug him with little things like social media icons for my little ol’ blog! Not when I really want him to help me put up curtains!)
I am very happy with how the icons turned out! And I felt so accomplished when I completed this little project! Yeah!
So, what are your small successes this week? Remember, no success is too small to be acknowledged and celebrated! Not among us mamas with our never-ending to-do lists!
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