Thursday, February 19, 2015

A new season of life (and choosing to give some instead of none)

It's hard to believe that an entire year has passed since I last posted! I've had a few posts sitting in the drafts folder yet somehow I never managed to press "publish" as often as I'd planned.  

I'd even delayed to write this post because it seemed impossible to catch up on what has taken place over the past year and picking things back up after taking such an extended break felt overwhelming. Even more puzzling was that I couldn't pinpoint exactly what had caused me to quit blogging altogether.  It wasn't until I read this post over at My Home Tableau, that I realized why.  I too am a procrastinating perfectionist who struggles with what Johanna accurately describes as, "putting things off when I don’t feel I have the time to do it the way I feel it should be done or at least how I would like for it to be done".   I could relate completely to what she was saying and the solutions and commitment she shared in her post made quite an impact on me.

Because I was struggling to put all the time that I'd like to into blogging, I had decided to neglect it completely. Because I was frustrated with its look and the hurdle of redoing it, I had decided to avoid it altogether, determining to post again only after the makeover was complete. Because the setting wasn't ideal, I procrastinated.

But the following statement made me realize those reasons were silly. She said, "I refuse to let the year go by without making some progress simply because I can’t put all the time into things that I’d like to."

I didn't want another year to pass without any progress in blogging (or any other area of my life for that matter!). Even though I can't put all the time into blogging that I'd like to right now, some blogging is better than not blogging.  Even if the posts may not be against the aesthetic backdrop I'd prefer, each crafted word can still be used to paint a dazzling picture. But if I keep waiting for perfection I'll never seize the opportunity to begin.

Johanna finished off her post by saying, "I’m committed to believing that some is not just okay or good enough, but that it is just right for me in this season of life."

This season of life.
That subject has been on my mind since October when the birth of our newest addition brought along plenty of changes, placing me in a different season of life than where I was even just four months ago!  We are thrilled to have Grace as part of our family.

Johanna's post was certainly timely for me and just the encouragement I needed to jump back into blogging.  During this season of life I'm not committing to a certain number of posts per week on a specific number of days, but I am committing to some.

Your Journey: Are you a procrastinating perfectionist?  If so, what solutions have worked for you to overcome it? 

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