Do One Scary Thing Every Day
I took Sunday and Monday off from blogging to spend time with the kiddos…and just decompress. It was scary. I work full-time, take two classes for school, and am trying to build this blog… my brain is pretty fried half the time. I definitely needed the break… but I felt so guilty for not having a post ready for Monday. I hope everyone relaxed and had fun on Memorial Day. We hiked, studied a little, and then headed to the laundry mat.
Our washer totally crapped out this weekend. Three adults and two kids live in the house so laundry piles up quickly. I’m not sure when we’ll be able to replace the washer, so I had to get it clean before the pile took over and decided to conquer Earth. Don’t look at me like that… it could happen.
The Laundry Mat
Unfortunately, the laundry mat doesn’t exactly provide the most excitement for a 6- and 9-year old… so we brought coloring books and crayons, colored pencils, and markers. Even with that, Michael SO did not cooperate. We found the place was actually pretty crowded, and I’ve never been one of those moms that can just let her kids run wild. I try really hard to keep them reigned in.
So, I flipped through Gage’s coloring books trying to find a semi-simple page for Michael to color. Gage LOVES the adult coloring books that are designed for stress relief. They are extremely intricate, and not meant for a 6-year old who loves Sponge Bob and the Avengers.
As I searched for something that didn’t have too many details, I found one of an ocean wave with a saying, “Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You”.
I felt a surge of electricity! I want to grow as a mom, a wife, and as a woman. To grow, you have to move out of your comfort zone. How many times have you heard references to “bored housewives’? It’s not just the housewives that get bored. Working moms get bored too! We build comfort zones that we need to move out of too!
Ok, how do you do that?
You move outside of your comfort zone by doing things that scare you. As you all know, I don’t like “new”. “New” scares the crap out of me. I understand the necessity, but I don’t like the initial process. I understand the importance of trying new things, but I like the comfort of not having any unknowns. Unknowns are bad.
I’m a mom! I have a full-time job, a blog that I’m working hard to grow, and two classes that I HAVE to get A’s in so that my company will reimburse the entire amount… so I can pay for the NEXT two classes. Half the time my brain is so fried and jumbled with miscellaneous information that it’s hard to concentrate on ANYTHING… much less looking for something new to try.
However, the more I thought about it… the more I felt the potential positive impact trying something new would have on me. I started to get excited. Trying something new fires our brains up and forms new neural pathways. We learned that back in school. New neural pathways are good!
It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut when we have a set system for our lives. We’re moms… we are master multi-taskers and nurturers. Are we allowed to shake things up a little?
You don’t have to conquer Rome… it can be something simple. Think of just one thing you’ve always wanted to try, or learn about. For example, do you like France? Read a story about the Eiffel Tower. Research French artists. Make the sky the limit!
A few ideas to shake things up in your life:
Try a new recipe. Do you like cauliflower? Try making cauliflower rice, or cauliflower tots.
Workout to a different genre of music. Do you usually listen to country? Try Rap!
Learn a new skill for work. Are you a basic Excel user, but really want to learn more advanced functions? Take a class, or just play around with it, and Google as you go.
Do you like to read? Read a book recommended by a respected blogger… especially if it’s not something you would normally choose
Wake up 10 minutes earlier and write in a journal. I LOVE making lists. Lists help me feel more organized, and productive. If you’re not a list-maker… try a plain brain dump. Just write down all of the things that are running through your mind.
Take it slow!
You should probably try to avoid trying TOO many new things that scare you all at once, like I did. I started this blog and then, before I’d mastered that… I started school. What in the WORLD was I thinking?
Taking on too many things at once isn’t impossible, however, it is SUPER scary. I always worry that I’m going to miss something, or forget a deadline. No matter how organized I try to be, I’m constantly wondering if I’m organized enough. I also worry that I’ll get too overwhelmed to function.
The one benefit is that I’m NEVER bored. I haven’t just moved out of my comfort zone… I drove a freakin’ bull dozer through it!