It’s been a week. A hard week. A busy week. An exciting week. Lots of ups and downs. If you follow LCN religiously you know I’ve been pretty MIA on social media and well, this post is not going out on a Tuesday like I promised you all. It’s Wednesday…in case you didn’t know.
I struggle giving myself grace in situations like these. I try so hard to do it all, and not just “do it all” but also give 110%. I forget I’m human and not superwoman…which I strive for every day. I don’t think anything is wrong with that expectation of myself. It pushes me to be the best person I can possibly be, every day. But that logic, that superhuman state-of-mind fails…when I (the human) fail. And that’s where the lack of grace is extended from my heart to my mind.
Like I said, it’s been a rough week. Aaron’s work life is busier than ever and this week it feels heavier than usual. My work life is also pretty insane. More deadlines, etc. Our AC is currently “out-of-order” and of course we are amongst a weird heat wave this week. My clean laundry has been sitting on my couch since last week (which now needs to be washed again because my dogs think it’s their new bed.) Aaron and I are taking on some new projects for the future that weigh heavy on my mind. I have you, my readers who expect fresh, new content and I strive every day to make each and every one of you happy and excited to come on here. (Which includes my Whole30 post…I PROMISE I am working on that and it will be out very soon…but stay tuned.) And on top of all of that, I am hosting a huge, exciting, VERY exciting event at my home this Sunday. Something I have been looking forward to since I started my blog. You will know all about it this weekend and I can’t wait to share!
All of that to say, this week I am inspired by simplicity and minimalism. In times of high stress and anxiety, I like to clear my mind and simplify my life. I take away the unnecessary things, the things that distract me, and I keep only the objects and ideas that inspire me. Instead of worrying about EVERYTHING ON MY LIST, I sit, breath, roll some “Stress Away” on the back of my neck and wrists, and then I clean.
Yes, you heard me right. I clean. I get rid of the clutter, the mess. I don’t deep clean, let’s not get crazy here. I just pick up my life. I make sure the space I plan on working in, is picked up, organized and clean. This simple task clears my mind and channels focus and attention.
SO…today I am doing just that. I plan to clean my house after work. I won’t look at my list until I feel clear of mind.
I wanted to share this post with you all today because I am NOT superwoman. As much as I’d like to be, I’m just not. I suffer from stress and have bad weeks and days and I choose to move on. Sometimes I make promises I can’t keep (like saying I would post these every Tuesday.) And you know what, I didn’t this week and it’s OKAY. I give myself grace and I hope you can extend it my way too. Because not only do I feel like I let myself down, but I let you down.
Life can be hard sometimes and instead of focusing on EVERYTHING ON YOUR LIST…focus on the simply things in life. I will leave you with this quote that I love…
“Clutter smothers, simplicity breathes.” – Terry Guillemets
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