Friday, August 14, 2009

Taking Charge



Ever have a day when you just want to lay down and give up.  Bury your head under a pillow and somehow erase the ever building list in your mind?


Me too!


That was my day yesterday and the day before and the day before.  I'm pretty sure I've met my quota for those type of days already, yet they continue to come.

I have so much left undone. I accomplish one task and three take its place. I lack the energy and ambition to start these big jobs and no the walls of my home will not crumble and fall if I don't do them.  But, if I leave them undone, I feel undone.

With the beginning of our school year fast approaching I'm feeling the squeeze to get it all finished before I have to focus on my role as teacher (which, by the way, can consume a day pretty easily).

Well, no more! I'm taking charge. I'm lifting my head up high, pulling together all my resources and I'm getting it done. I'm finished with just wandering around looking at and dwelling on what I need to do and wondering where I should possibly start. I'm going to take the initiative and jump in even though my hearts not in it. Why? Because each time I can cross something off my list, I feel a weight removed.  It's almost like a physical pat on the back and it spurs me on to get more done.

I've made my list and I'm going to organize my time. I won't get it all done in a flury of activity. But, I will tackle my list one item at a time. I will feel great success as I cross off each job as its done. I will succeed in pulling my head out of a fog and focusing on a job well done.

I will, I will...

Well I guess I will...

Get busy!

(*can somebody just come and prod me along?!)


May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17

**Update** Be forewarned...if you write on your blog that you are unmotivated you will be tested... This afternoon I took down all my antique tea kettles, pots, tins and glassware from above my kitchen cabinets, washed them, replaced the newspaper under them, wiped off the dust and grime from the rim of the cupboards, and put everything back up.  Just as I was climbing down, dusting off my hands, giving myself that pat on the back, I noticed water seeping out from under my dryer. Oh yeah!  My washer had sprung a leak.  Yes, I had planned on cleaning under those appliances at some point. It was on the list.  But, no, I had planned on doing it today.  I am beat people, but my laundry room is sparkling clean (and dry). And so are all my pretties above my kitchen cupboards. Wow, two big jobs in one day! Who would have thought I could do it! I think I deserve a bubble bath!


  1. Oh Jenn I am so glad you posted these thoughts! I am exactly like you - I can be unmotivated for a few days and then be on a mission to get it all done in a day! Thanks for being honest.
    Love Collette xxxx

  2. I love Psalm 90:17 in the amplified. "and may the beauty and the delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us. Confirm for us, the work of our hands. Yes, confirm the work of our hands." amen!

  3. you can do it jenn!!!! one thing at a time~
    this is why i don't make lists :)
    have a wonderful weekend~

  4. Kudos to you for pressing onward but don't forget to put some special time for yourself on your to-do list. Bless you!

  5. A nice, hot, long bubble bath! Of course, if you are like me, you don't get to have one of those completely uninterupted. Oh, well. Hope you get everything done you set out too. I didn't get it all done, but I'm really proud of what I did get done, and I'm happy with it. I think I really had to much on my list anyway.

  6. I think you definitely deserve some chocolate. Maybe even throw in a Starbucks! :)

    I definitely know what you mean about once school starts - it consumes the day. We started school this week and had a great week. It takes up most of the morning and sometimes into the afternoon. Add to that regular household duties, a toddler, and writing....that makes for a pretty full day. But I am truly thankful that I get to homeschool and stay at home with my children. It is such a blessing.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Little by little.. and inch by inch!!
    And watch your back, girlie!!! You don't want any relapses!!

    Have a great weekend.

  8. Hi Jenn! Mom told me about your washer! So sorry about the chaotic days! I'm sure your kitchen/ laundry area look great! I love your "can-do" attitude!

  9. Yes, one thing at a time...and remember, just let some things go-it is ok. (This comes from me, who struggles to enjoy life-I like to clean along the way, and that is not always a good way to enjoy life-)

  10. if I don't write it down it won't get done, but it sounds like you accomplished alot! Enjoy that bubble bath ;)

  11. this sounds exactly, like me, except i need to do a to do list. my two kids go bk to school in about 3 weeks so i want everything done for the.
    love our posts!

  12. Hi Jenn,

    Just dropping by to tell you that you were my second place winner for the book "How to build a lasting marriage.

    Please stop by my blog and email me your address. Thanks.


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