Building Habits

I got all my Christmas gift baskets done. Yaaaaayyyy!

I have to start this post with one statement — I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I do believe in people wanting to make real change in their lives, and I can believe they can resolve to do it. I just think it’s a terrible idea to make resolutions at the beginning of the year just because everyone does. Doing something because it’s what everyone else does rarely yields good results.

That being said, I have been spending the last few weeks doing a lot of thinking about my priorities. I love crafting, and I love blogging about it. But somehow, I’ve let other responsibilities slowly sap time away from both activities. Many of those are things that I can’t ignore — you know, a job and playing with my kiddo. Now I have been trying to figure out how to balance everything I love and cut the stuff I don’t.

In my case starting to clear the crafty plate right after Christmas is a great move. All my gifts are done (except one) and everything at work slows down. So during the month of January I will be tying up a few projects that are only half done. So far, that includes:

  • Restringing my blue pearl necklace
  • Painting and sealing the floor cloth for my kitchen. I’ve been avoiding this because I was doing it on my concrete floor, but I could feel my back was on the verge of going out again.
  • My husbands very last Christmas gift. But it was too big for me to finish at the last minute anyway.

As I get projects done, I will also be focusing on creating better habits when it comes to balancing out the things I have to do and the things I love to do. First and foremost, I am going to take my Wednesdays back. For quite a while I was ignoring all housework Wednesday nights so I could focus on creating and sharing my Up Late posts. After that, I am going to try to build in new small habits one at a time. I will have to work on going through all the reading, tips and resources I have gathered up and sifting through to find out what really works for me. 

I don’t think I will ever get to a so-called perfect balance. Even if I did get there, some life event would throw everything off. But there is nothing wrong with always wanting to be a little bit better and working to get there.

In the interest of taking a break and really enjoying the holiday with my family, I will be taking a break from blogging until after the first of the year. Plus, my supervisor at work will be off all week, so I am taking over her duties. Usually when that happens, I have just enough steam to come home cook and then read. So until I write again, please enjoy your holiday season and have a happy (and pressure free) new year.

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