When life happens, the weekly layout might not get done as planned.
I have been doing a weekly documentation project for over 2 years now. The first year I dipped my toes in the water with this collection of single layouts, styled more traditionally than the FotoInspired templates I used in 2013, and now in 2014.
I have missed my weekly appointment with this project only on a few occasions when I have been on vacation. I have always prided myself on keeping appointments and being on time. If I make a commitment, I honor it. If I say I'm going to be there at a certain time, I like to be on the dot.
This week is a first for me but I can't help but feel it's a victory.
In the last 3 months I've been juggling designing, 2 children, 3 dogs, multiple sports practices, taking care of a home, and now my car is on the fritz. I have far too much on my plate, and a change in both attitude and approach, is needed.
I could have stayed up last night, and worked into the wee hours, to get my layout done. But shifting my priorities, to what is important right now, helped me make the better choice in going to bed.
Similarly, I've considered each *malfunction* an emergency up until this point, but the reality is that all these little, or big, glitches, whichever way you want to look at them, are just all part and parcel of the variety in life.
Taking action on the *Letting Go* front.
Now that I'm recovering nicely from adrenal fatigue, I'm determined not to get myself into that same frazzled state again. I'm actually letting some tasks on my list go when I need to, an ability that has been a long time coming. I'm taking the stance that, if on-one getting hurt by my actions, I have the green light to do so.
I'm learning to make myself a priority for a change.
I put everyone else first all the time, so taking breaks when I need them, and incorporating self-care daily, is new for me. I like to walk my dogs twice daily, read a little or watch some TV once in a while. I need 7 hours of sleep a night and a little down-time. Maybe this is the lesson I'm supposed to learn in Eric's absence, to learn to let go and be OK with it? It's about adjusting expectations and allowing flexibity in busy schedules where possible.
None of this is easy but sometimes it's necessary.
The layout will get done at some point, probably over the weekend. I have no specific time frame. The children are back in school next week, which which might also provide another window of opportunity. At this point I'm just going with the flow and aiming to be a bit more realistic about the daily expectations for myself.
Get what needs to get done today. The rest will wait.
Layouts from the AnnaTeam. More Proect 365/Life/52 inspiration from some members of the aA team. Click on the layouts for complete supply lists and to learn more about their process.