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I started this year off with a broken foot. I broke it running to catch the Fed Ex guy on Christmas Eve before he rang the doorbell. The girls were both napping and I wanted to get the package he was delivering wrapped before they even realized something else had come in to the house.
I will preface this by saying that I am not graceful. I do not run. So, trying to maneuver around presents and wrapping paper, out of the master bedroom and through the hall, down a flight of stairs and to the front door in about 10 seconds was never really going to work for me. Every since I was a child, running has not been my forte. Especially because I run like a duck. Or a penguin. Both which I was called repeatedly all the way up and through middle school. Dawn the duck. Penguin legs Dawn. Don’t pick Dawn, she can’t run. I bet you can guess how much I loved P.E?
On my sprint to the front door, one of my oh-so-ungraceful duck feet slam into the dresser and then into the wall. I never made it before the door rang. The Fed Ex guy was probably wondering why tears were pouring down my face but I thanked him, gave him my little goody bag I had made for Christmas to thank him and others and then hobbled my way back to my room to finish wrapping. By the time for Christmas Eve church services, I couldn’t put a shoe on at all. For the next two days, I hobbled everywhere until I finally took myself to the e.r. where it was confirmed I had broken a few bones in the top of my foot. Great, fantastic! What a way to end…and begin a new year. Sitting on my butt because I can hardly walk. Yay.
The bang of my foot against the dresser and wall was a bang to get me moving on other stuff early in the year though. I got a lot done, I was gung ho on many projects and zipping through them. Someone told me to be careful, pace myself before I go too far, too fast and then fizzle out, but I didn’t listen. I can be bad about not listening. It’s true. So, of course I did fizzle right on out after a while and then had a hard time getting that momentum back.
I am still trying to figure out a rhythm to my daily life. It is great that I have the ability to spend all day focused on one thing if I so desire, but really, it isn’t that great after all. Focus all on one thing and other things get ignored. Then, when life happens or Lupus flares up (which it has done a lot this year…we won’t even discuss all that), or I injure myself (which I have done again, this time with a torn rotator cuff) things get even further ignored and pushed back.
I had to re examine my priorities a lot this year. Figure out what my end goal is, what I am moving toward right now. Who am I? What I have come up with is pretty simple. I am:
That’s who I am in a nutshell. So, those are the things to which I will focus. My family comes first. Well…second. God comes first. I have had some slacking there in some areas and I can tell you this from firsthand experience; when I don’t put Him first and foremost, everything else is in a shambles. I remember a song in church when I was younger…
We started our third year of homeschool a few weeks ago and so far, this is starting out to be the best year yet. Going from public to homeschool was a huge change, and it took time, but it is finally working, and working well. My 8th grade Bug has already surpassed where she should be on many things and is already beginning high school work…and she loves it!
Much of the earlier work I did this year has kicked off many new exciting things for me, while some things fizzled, much like I did. I sowed a lot of seeds, but not all of them did I take care of and get fruit out of. Some things withered on the vine, and I have no one to blame but myself.
As Scarlett O’Hara said, and is quoted on often, “Tomorrow is another day!” And so it is. Tomorrow is another day and a fine day it is to tend to my crops. That which I reaped, I shall sow. So (sow?) what’s first you may ask? This blog right here. First in line behind faith and family. It amazes me how some of the posts here have gone gangbusters. I never expected to see this kind of growth. I wanted it, but when I started this blog I didn’t have an aim, a purpose other than a place to write. Now it is developing a purpose all on its own and I am going to feed it and watch it grow!
Some new features are coming like True Confessions Tuesdays. Get Wild Wednesdays. Thankful Thursday and of course, there has to be Foodie Friday, where we focus on David’s Dishes! There will still be reviews, trip reports, personal stories and nerdisms, but there will be a schedule, a theme, and a greater definition of what this blog is about. I am back to working on a new design so it doesn’t look so juvenile to the blogger world, and hopefully that will be ready to roll out soon. I hope to join link-ups with other bloggers and I hope you’ll be along for it all. I am excited about it. Change can be scary, but it can be exciting, even at times exhilarating, too! So let’s get excited together!
Until we meet again – Charlotte