Yeah, say that title five times fast (you know you want to try it – I can almost hear you!), and you’ll get an idea how I’m feeling about yet another month slipping by way too fast without me successfully and consistently blogging as I would like to be doing! It’s not so much a blog challenge, as it is challenging to blog!
I suffer from some kind of guilt complex that at times simply won’t allow me to do things I *WANT* to do – like take a break from the “have to” tasks long enough to do “want to” things, such as the following:
*Blogging, for instance, for the creative outlet it is. Ideally, I would like to blog every day, in one blog or another, and interact with those who are kind enough to read and leave comments, as well as read and leave comments for other bloggers.
*Quilting, crafting, and other equally creative, leisurely activities. I joined a group on Facebook called “UFO Queen 2013” – and no, that is not some spooky alien support group – in this case, the “UFO” stands for Un-Finished Objects, and all 185 members (so far) have varying numbers of such incomplete projects.
The idea is to win the “UFO Queen” title by completing the most projects by the end of the year. To my shame (and a bit of shock), I have documented over 100 such unfinished objects! For instance, I have two quilts to complete using this same quilt design (this one, sadly, no longer exists, as my oldest daughter lost it in a fire):
I have multiple quilts, pillows, table decor items, bags, dolls, stuffed animals, crocheted items, and many other projects in various stages of completion – all waiting for me to finally find/make the time to finish them!
*Set up social/professional sites. Well, this may sound more like work – and it is work-related – but I really want to spend some time getting my various sites (and blogs) up and running.
*Take time off to spend with hubby/family/friends. People who don’t freelance for a living probably don’t understand this, but when you work from home – for all its benefits – you can never really “not bring work home” because you work in your home, so your work is always there. I haven’t successfully achieved the right balance yet between working and taking time off – so I tend to work at any and all hours of the day and night, depending on what I have to do or what deadlines are looming.
So there they are – four multifaceted “want to” areas of things I really need to incorporate into my life for my own mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
Who’s with me? Do you struggle to maintain the proper balance between the “have to” and “want to” areas of your life?