Things I don’t do.

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Some of you seem to think I’m super woman. I get comments on Facebook, the blog, and in person. I’m not sure what sparks this. Maybe my crafts? Blogging? Cooking? Whatever it is, I should tell you that it’s not true. And while I would love to bask in that glory, I need to debunk that myth right now. I do cook, clean, craft, blog, DIY, eat healthy, care for Lilleigh, and try to be a good wife, but let me assure you that there are many things I don’t do.

In fact, I’ve made a list. This list is to remind me that there are many things I don’t do in order that I can do the things I really want to do. I try to remind myself of these things when I get overwhelmed thinking I need to do it all. Why? Because I can’t do it all. No one can.

So here it is. The things I don’t do…

  1. Work out. I love the idea of staying in shape. And Lilleigh, Sammy (the dog), and I do walk our neighborhood daily to get some sun and exercise. And occasionally I’ll do a jumping jacks or crunches at home while Lilleigh and I play, but going to a gym isn’t a priority for me. I can’t remember the last time I had an intense work out.
  2. Talk on the phone. I’m not big on talking on the phone. I will talk to parents on the phone maybe once a week or so to touch base and catch up, but it’s usually brief. And I’ll call to meet up with someone or because there’s more to say than a text message can handle, but it’s quick, to the point, and done.
  3. Perfect my craft projects. Many of my sewing projects have bobbin thread gone wrong or crooked lines, but if it still works and can’t be seen (from a distance), then it’s good enough for me. I love to create, but I want a finished project in my hands in little time. When it comes to projects, the phrase “delayed gratification” falls on deaf ears.
  4. Cook every night. I cook often. But not every night. Not only do we love leftovers, but I also try to have a couple of nights each week when my cooking is quick and easy, nothing new or time-consuming. I do very much care about the health of my family, which is why I often cook from scratch, but I refuse to believe that this means I have to spend all day in the kitchen.
  5. “Work” on Sunday. By “work,” I usually think cleaning, but often I won’t blog on Sunday either. Sometimes I will, but only if it’s a fun thing and not a “to do” list thing. I like to take the Sabbath to rest and enjoy. Although you may see posts on Sundays, they are usually scheduled.
  6. Keep my house spotless. For awhile I was spending nap times cleaning, and then I thought, Why? It’s just going to get messed up again! And I’m drained at the end of it, which isn’t helpful for anyone. Since then, I realized I need to take a portion of nap time as “me time,” hence the crafts and baking. I do clean some. In fact, I’m doing Money Saving Mom’s 4-week organizational challenge. However, this challenge takes very little time, yet leaves me feeling accomplished and helps me declutter. It’s a beautiful thing.
  7. Go to multiple stores to shop deals. Anymore. I don’t have time for this anymore. I did do this at one time. Before Lilleigh. But now I pick the store, where I can get the majority of my shopping list – and hopefully get great deals as well.
  8. Practice manual photography. I have taken photography classes, but when push comes to shove, I can use my fifty nifty lens and the automatic setting to get great pictures. Why spend time learning more?
  9. Garden. When I say garden, I mean flowers. I am working on edible gardening, but to be honest, hubby has taken most of that task as well. Gardening is just so not my thing. I don’t have a green thumb. Nor do I care to learn to have one. I just want things that require minimal attention. In my yard. To look pretty. Is that too much to ask?
  10. Shop for me regularly. Occasionally, I will take a gift card or some cash I’ve been saving and go to the store to buy something cute for me. Or better yet, I’ll search online. But it’s only every once in awhile.

If you were to make a list of things you don’t do, what would be on it?

I was inspired to make this list after reading the book Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way.

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  1. GREAT post..I may be doing one like this as well!! I don’t work on Sundays either…God rested and so should we!!
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