When Enough is (not) Enough

when enough is not enough I’ll start by saying that this is a seasonal blog and should therefore have been filled with at least three pounds of butter and six cups of green sprinkles atop the most delicious holiday cookies you’ve ever seen the past few weeks, but we are just now emerging from a deep, dark hole called My Children Are Taking Turns Throwing Up On The Couch. I know many of you have been in that hole too, and I am with you in having a house that will probably smell like vomit until we can open up the windows again in April.

So instead, this post. Let’s call it a pre-resolution post. Because before we can start fresh and clean with a new year, we need to do some reflecting and think about the things from 2014…or you know, from our lives…that are old and stale and need replacing.

For me, it is this. It is always this:

I am a doer.

I remember back to early elementary school, let’s say I was nine. I would faithfully write my New Year’s Resolutions on crisp white paper, using my best cursive penmanship, listing meaningful goals like, “Make bed…EVERY DAY!” and “Do homework RIGHT AWAY after school!”

Now as an adult, most weeks, my calendar looks like this:

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Those closest to me know that every few weeks, I get completely overwhelmed by anxiety over all of the undone things, and I spend a couple of days, trying not to cry, trying to put things in perspective.

That’s the problem, you know. One that Eric kindly helped me identify by name a couple years ago: I am terrible at prioritizing. Each and every item on my to-do list weighs in with equal importance. 

Let me explain it this way….
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Merry Christmas!

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When You Get Ripped Off

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