Saturday, May 21, 2011

So Many Ideas, So Little Time

That seems to be my motto. I am full of ideas and I just don't have the time to implement many of them. I know that I am not alone in this. Seriously, we all have things to do and not enough time to do it all. It was just a few years ago that I thought that I was not a very busy person. I was able to step up to volunteer opportunities and take the time to relax and read. I can't say I took care of all my responsibilities at that time (I tend to procrastinate and don't keep up very well with housework) but I had the time to do it if I wanted. I was full of ideas then too, most I didn't see through but I always had a good reason/excuse for not doing something.

So what has changed over the last year or 2? First and foremost my business has been very steady. I always seem to have a wait list for my blog design services. I love running my business and I can fit it in whenever. BUT~ that means my office is always open. There are days I could work from the time I wake up til I go to bed and still leave clients waiting. I run my biz off a laptop so I am able to take my work with me. I usually work when my daughter is at dance class or my son is at piano lessons and various other places. When I have some down time at home, it's usually spend doing some blog related work. Not much reading going on!!

Second, my kids are getting older and busier! I'd like to be more proactive and plan ahead, but I'm often just reactive and am racing to get them to their next activity. And my kids are not over scheduled at all! I thought with the teen starting college soon that we wouldn't have activities for him that keep us busy. Well, with him getting into the Marching Illini and there being 8 home games this fall...there will be lots of trips to Memorial Stadium! One of the band perks is free tickets for your parents!! Of course we will want to go to all their other performances too. We plan on traveling if the football team gets into a bowl game too! w00t!

The youngest will start Kindergarten and be in school all day, which should free up some time for me (although I plan on volunteering in her school a lot) but that means our evenings and weekends will be busier. I'll have to get my work in during the day to free things up for family time.

So you get an idea of how busy I am. Which isn't that busy compared to a lot of people. It's just times like now when my brain is full of ideas that I feel overwhelmed. Case in point~ my son graduates from high school on Tuesday and then his party is next Sunday. I've come up with some great ideas for both events. I've shared this ideas with my son and he's excited...so I am committed to doing them. Since he was born in Hawaii I am making him several leis for graduation (although he won't be able to wear them for the actual ceremony!) and I am doing cookies on a stick bouquets for his party and a few other fun craft ideas. I keep thinking of more stuff for the party...and I just don't have time to do it all. Hahaha...story of everyone's life, right? Bigger concerns surround the weather...which right now says 30% chance of rain. We are having a block party and will be setting up a bounce house out in the street, and bad weather will really put a damper on the party. It's possible to move the party to Memorial Day, but we'd have to make a decision early enough to notify everyone.

I probably feel overwhelmed right now cause I am tired. I spent much of yesterday and today cleaning and organizing the house. Shocking, I know! My goal was to get everything upstairs in it's place and I've come out a little short. I just needed to put my feet up! I'll get my sorted piles put away tomorrow and finish the main room downstairs. That will have things all straightened for dusting/mopping/scrubbing this week. We don't have a lot of extracurricular stuff going on this week...so that leaves time for grad/party prep. I do have quite a wait list going right now and will be taking a few days off, so I feel pressure from that. I am not really stressed...just the wheels are churning in my head! I always want to take some vacation day from my normal life to catch up on things I've put off and to do some of those creative fun ideas that I am always conjuring up. LOL!