Getting It All Done

So to keep up with the blog posts that some of the readers wanted to see me write – here’s the most popular one.

How do I manage to do everything that I post about online.

Here’s the short answer.

I don’t.

No, really. Some of these blog posts are WEEKS in the making, or even a couple of months in. I’m doing pretty well by having my head screwed on straight most days. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I am a Stepford wife by any means. Here are some true confessions:

More likely than not, there’s always going to be a load of laundry that has been washed, folded and NOT put away in my house. More often than not that one load is multiplied by four.

More often than not, I’m searching for things that I have misplaced even though I know that I need them at a later date. This is including but not limited to: My keys, my purse, my shoes, my jacket, cloth diapers, snappis, sewing notions, and important papers that I’m supposed to sign for the cellist.

More often than not, dinner is not always ready at an appropriate time. Thank goodness that the cellists’ school is nearby, otherwise we would be up the creek ALL. THE. TIME.

More often than not, we NEVER make bedtime around here. Even the adults.

More often than not, my experiments with making up my own meals doesn’t come out as well as I would like them to.  So, that’s why I usually never do blog posts on meal planning. Because I’m usually flying by the seat of my pants.  For example, my family has eaten tacos in some variation three times out of the last two weeks. They haven’t complained, so I won’t bring it up.

And more often than not, I realize that I am not superwoman. I pick and choose what I want to do for the day, and try to stick to it. I also value family time. I think since my sister passed away in 2002, I’ve vowed to live life to the fullest. Seriously. Traveling, doing projects with my children, and enjoying them as much as possible. I have pulled back with how much I am up at the cellists’ school since he is in sixth grade and I know that he is going through establishing his own identity, and that can be pretty hard with your mom hovering everywhere.

Quite honestly, most of the things that I post about doing for myself, only take half an hour of prep, or actual active participation on my part, so it just looks like I have copious amounts of time on my hands. I also usually spend a good hour or two after everyone has gone to bed to tie up loose strings of the day. Or read. Or wrinkle my skin up in a bath. Something relaxing, and something all for me.

I try to spend quality time with my husband – even if he moans and groans about it – because marriage isn’t meant to be lived in two separate rooms. AND he usually ends up enjoying all of the wild ideas that I come up with!

And the final fact is, my husband rocks. He is the other reason that our dynamic works so well. I come up with crazy ideas and Mr. Nicholes actually pushes me to do a lot of the crazy stuff that I come up with. I sign up for a LOT of stuff (probably too much) but if he feels that it will benefit the family, or just me in general, he often encourages me to go ahead and make it happen. Most likely because he understands that if mom ain’t happy, then the house ain’t happy. And he also knows that the dishes and laundry can wait a little bit.

I kid, I kid. A little.

So, what do you do to keep your life fulfilled? And what things do you put on the backburner for that fulfillment?


  1. Laila @OnlyLaila says:

    I would have to say that household stuff usually takes a backseat. There was a time when I would obsess if everything in the house wasn’t perfect (I still do sometimes) but I realize that other things are worth my sanity. And blogging does take up a lot of time. I try to write when I’m inspired to do so not because someone thinks I should.

    • Natasha says:

      Laila – I think that I dropped the house perfection craziness too. I know that it drives my parents INSANE, and when I become an empty nester with grandchildren of my own many years from now, it will probably drive me insane about my kids. Maybe not. You are correct, blogging, doesn’t and shouldn’t take up a lot of time if done properly – even if it is a paid gig. I do try to write when I am inspired too, otherwise I’ll pick from one of the many topics that I have in draft and see if that works. LOL!

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