Am I the only one who is totally ready to get into "organized" mode?
I LOVE summer, but once it gets to be this time of year, I am so over all of the free time and fun.
Don't get me wrong, I do love "fun". But there is such a thing as too much of it all at once! I need some order in my house!
We are still homeschooling this year, but we are adding two days a week at an exploratory school for my daughter. She is almost as excited as I am about this. The school has all of those fun, hands-on learning activities that I just don't have time for anymore, but that I feel are super important.
Also, two of my boys are moving out by the end of the month, so things they are a changin', and I want to figure out how this will all work.
So, one thing I am doing is getting serious about my schedule. Those two days that Aubry is gone are gonna be work only. And I will be able to get so much done. I am actually really excited about that.
Her and I will also be getting better about doing chores around the house. Chore time has been a little, shall we say, spotty over the summer to say the least.
I have been looking for a daily calendar page that had enough spaces for me to write out my day, but not so many spaces that it's totally overwhelming. It was hard to find something in the middle, but this one works well so far.
I love that there are three spaces for must-do things, but a bunch of spots for things I have to do at some point. That list is always pretty big for me and I will to have it all in one spot. I will use the little blank space on the right side for writing down my exercise goals for the day. I don't know about you, but I am much better about getting things done if they are written down on a list.
I bought this little page at ALL ABOUT THE HOUSE on Etsy for just a few dollars. Rachael was great to work with and she will customize your page will print and color, if you desire.
That's my start at gettin' it together. I still have a lot of planning to do, and once September is here, it's simply time to do it.
Can I secretly say that I can't wait for September for that reason?
Yes, I love my summer, but soon I will be ready for something new.
What about you? Are you feeling the itch to get organized?
Sorry for the delayed absence, but I went on a vacation. It's always unclear to me how to best handle putting that out here on the internet since I don't really want people to know that I am gone, you know?
Anyway, today I am going to try to tackle a mountain of laundry, as well as re-opening my shop and getting back to normal.
I will post some vacation highlights on Wednesday, but be sure to tune in tomorrow for SHOW AND TELL TUESDAY. Although to be honest, I am hoping all of you have something to show off, because I don't. Next week I hope to be a contributor!
I love Post-it notes, and I use them all the time.
My latest use for them is to help me practice for my upcoming Karate black belt test in October. I have each kata written out on one note, and once I practice it each day I move it over to the other side of the fridge. It seems to be working for me better than a check off list. The lop-sided bunch of post it notes won't let me forget that I have more to do each day.
And I need that!
I really should have tested for my black belt a few years ago, but life has a funny way of detouring things. My two boys and their dad tested for their belts back then, but I quit Karate classes to take a break.
A really long break.
A couple of years ago I went back. My life was kind of falling apart at the time, and I went back mostly to get out of the house and find something of my own to do. I needed that because big changes were ahead for me, and I really didn't realize that right at that time.
What I found in going back was not what I expected to find. I expected to get some exercise and to relearn what I had forgotten. What I actually found was a whole bunch of encouragement, and people who would prove to be a rock to me when I would need it the most.
Little bits of encouragement meant for the whole class, were taken very seriously by me each week, and quite often, they were bits of hope that I held onto until I could get back to my next class. Things like developing a "black belt attitude about life", or that "a black belt is just a white belt that never quit", were actually quite life changing for me, since I always held more of an attitude of failure towards myself: "why try because I probably can't do it anyway".
I also ran regularly with my Sensei/friend, and those runs were like big gulps of water to a person who was parched and dry, ready to quit. She was so sweet to always remind me to hang in there---YOU CAN DO THIS, RANDI. WITH GOD'S HELP, YOU CAN DO THIS!
Much in my life has changed since then. I am now a single girl. After many years of marriage, things ended officially and my life was my very own. It might sound kind of exciting, but to say that it was terrifying is an understatement. I had never in my life lived on my own before, managing my own home and finances. Someone had always, in a sense, taken care of me.
I am a single girl, a single mom, and a single business owner. And pretty soon I am sure I am going to be a single Sensei with a black belt.
And that is so exciting.
Because for me, it's about so much more than Karate. It's about me being able to live my life all on my own. With God's help, I have made it this far and I intend to make it much farther. I intend to live all of my life with a black belt attitude: I CAN AND I WILL!.
So anyway, back to my Post-its. They are my visual reminder that I need to work for this. Just like everything else I have gained in the last several years, I have to work my butt off. The work is hard and I pretty much hate how it feels. I am sore constantly lately from running 4 miles a day and working out. I go to bed earlier because I am tired more often. But I will say that I am really happy that I am starting to see new muscles.
It's about time!
So, I might update here a little more often since I am getting so close and I am thinking about it so often. I seems silly not to share with you all this exciting part of my life.
The funny thing? I am questioning whether or not to even post this, because what if I fail in October? What if you all know that I didn't do well enough in my test?
Well, if I fail I will try again, because after all, a black belt is just a white belt that never quit.
I do plan on making some progress in this quilt. My machine broke right in the middle of a quilting spree the other day, so I will resort to my little ol' stand-by. She has always done me good, so I hope for good things.
There are also river adventures and fun with friends in the plans this weekend. A lot of time outdoors will be happening, for sure!
On Saturday we were all in shorts, and sure enough, it snowed on Sunday!
That's spring in Colorado for you!
I got a ton of stuff done around my house this weekend. So many spring-cleaning jobs can be crossed off my list now. Yeah! Of course, right as everyone was leaving, I noticed that the threshold on the back door is falling apart and the door won't even open now. I guess it's on the list for next time. That's the way life works sometimes. Three steps forward, and two steps back.
But that's alright because there is alway next time!
It was fun to pull these pieces out again and start sewing. It's been at least 6 months since I have worked on them Sheesh! Where does the time go?
On Tuesday I will show you the whole quilt top. I can't decide if I love it, or if it's a bit visually stressful. Sometimes it takes the actual quilting to reveal that!
This is a spring cleaning weekend. On Saturday, my house will get the attention and on Sunday a friend's house gets our attention. I do love sharing chores like that, don't you? It actually makes it fun to work!