Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Overwhelmed: Part 2

Well after feeling so overwhelmed yesterday, I went to bed a couple of hours early. Somehow, when I'm tired and I can't seem to even reason with myself. :)

And as Catherine and Jenna noted, it's true, I usually do this to myself. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I want everything in order, planned out, and extra nice. I want every project that we've put off for months completed before the holidays (which is completely unrealistic but I still try :)). I want every guest to feel like they are the most important - and they are while they are here.

Mostly though, I need alot of the organization for my own sanity and enjoyment. And I truly do want to enjoy celebrating with all of our family and friends and part of getting to that is reducing stress through the aforementioned cleaning etc. I guess there is a balance and I really need to strike it. :)

This morning, I woke up renewed and refreshed and ready for a new day. Amazing what going to bed early will do. I decided to tackle my pantry this morning and it's about half done. I entertained the boys in their chairs at breakfast as long as I could while I worked and I'll try to finish up the project while they are napping. If I take it one day at a time, I know I'll get there and whatever I don't get done...well, just don't open the closed doors. :)

The lists are being made (because I truly have to have them) and my sanity is beginning to return. Thanks for the perspective, girls! I'm going to enjoy the holidays - I'm determined to. I have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate!


Monica said...

It's hard sometimes when you look just at the total picture- now that's overwhelming. I think you are on the right track- one project a day that you know you can complete. If you make it farther than that then Bonus for you.

I've been trying to work on prioritizing my day rather than striving for perfection. It seems easier to let the extras go.

Karen said...

I'm totally the same way—I have to have things organized way in advanced or else I feel overwhelmed. My husband doesn't get it. Oh well.

Kevin & Amy said...

Yes, it's very true--being overwhelmed comes in cycles. When I'm in my overwhelmed state, I think things will never get better. But fortunately they do. New energy and accomplishment will be around the corner! Hopefully, in the meantime, you can just enjoy the holidays.