Changing Perspective

Today I slept in because I was so tired.  This means I missed my shower and when I miss my shower that means I plan to stay home all day so why change out of my sweats and t-shirt I wore to bed?  Forget putting on makeup and brushing my hair.

Today the kitchen is a little messier than when I woke up this morning and the dining room is only slightly less cluttered.

Today I got caught up on Revenge (guilty pleasure) and took an online quiz to see which Grey’s Anatomy character I am.  The quiz told me I’m April Kepner.  Eww!  I really, really don’t like her character.  I think I should be more of a Meredith or a Callie.  I like tequila AND I like to dance around in my underwear (in the privacy of my own home of course.)

Today I showed Denai some of her new toys, tried coaxing her into crawling until she got mad and fed her to her hearts content.

Today I worked on Social Studies with Marie.  We spent our entire school day working on getting through half one lesson.

And lastly, today I did laundry.

I feel lazy, unaccomplished and bum-like.

As I read down my list of “accomplishments” I see a lazy-ass.  But then I get towards the bottom and I realize how much time and effort I put into my kids.  Yet I still feel lazy, unaccomplished and bum-like.

I wanted to get up on time and shower because it makes me feel good, clean and ready for the day.

I wanted to get the kitchen cleaned up and organize the dining room.

I wanted to either work on my blog or organize our work spaces downstairs.

I wanted to see Denai crawl.

I wanted Marie to get through one lesson.  Just one.

I tend to be driven by tangible accomplishments and victories.  So the fact that I spent most of my day working with Marie and I wasn’t able to click “Lesson Completed” shows the world (in my mind) that nothing got accomplished.  All that can be seen is an un-showered mom, a baby who was also in pj’s all day, a messy kitchen and an open Facebook page (with loads of laundry in the background).

In reality I actually accomplished a lot.  I spent the entire day sitting with Marie at her computer!  I was patient while she struggled through some harder words as she read her lesson.  I occupied myself as she cut out her study notecards.  I persevered through the laborious process of note-taking.

For the most part my accomplishments today are not tangible.  Some victories will only be shared between Marie and myself.  I’m learning that that’s okay.  It’s okay that I don’t always get dressed and that I didn’t sweep the chips off the floor.

It’s okay that the biggest victories today were purely relational.

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7 thoughts on “Changing Perspective

  1. Hey! I thought I would reciprocate and visit you. Can I tell you a secret? Most days I never get out of my yoga pants – sometimes I barely get my teeth brushed. You'll find your rhythm soon with homeschooling but WOW! You also have a baby (I don't.) so that counts for more grown up points! Keep going for it! You'll be great at homeschooling. You're the best teacher your child can ever have! 🙂

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  2. I'm still in pj's == it's almost 10 pm. by the time I got the kids to bed I figured; no point changing out of them now. I've been in them all day. Any my kids go to school. But I did laundry. read some blogs. Today my accomplishments were all about me. And sometimes, that's okay too.

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  3. Some days it's okay to be “lazy”. I'll stay in my lounge pants or basketball shorts as long as I can. That's where I feel most comfortable. It's not always the big things that are victories. Even the small things count.

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