Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Camp War Eagle is over!

I started a to do list today titled Getting My Life Back. It's already crazy long, but full of lots of fun things. I need to get out birth announcements (forget the fact that Bramblett was 5 months yesterday), clean an organize many many things, get the budget back on track, learn some new computer skills, explore some long term work possibilities, focus on nutrition and exercise, make time for important people in my life, finish some books, start some books....the list goes on and on.

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to get the most out of my life. This article about being a stay at home mom first got me thinking. There are certainly aspects of staying home and taking care of Bramblett that are appealing. But in reality, I don't think it's for me. For some of the reasons the author of the regret article outlined and others.

And while I'm hanging out in reality, I should probably go ahead and accept the fact that I can't have it all. However, I don't need it all. I do believe if I make the right choices, I can have everything that matters.

Which leads me to the concept of self-management. I've talked about this before with people that I have supervised in the context of work tasks, initiative, decision making, etc. Now it's time to turn that lens toward me.

There is so much I want and need out of life. If I don't start working toward it and focusing on what really matters, life will pass by and I will regret the time I wasted. This blog post has some great thoughts and ways to categorize an approach to self-management.

So, my plan for the next few weeks is to begin focusing on the right gauges. To remind myself that every choice matters. To stop throwing away time and money. To maintain hope and excitement instead of feeling stressed and overwhelmed. To keep it simple and take it one day at a time.