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How to Beat the Overwhelm

Anybody else drinking all of the coffee lately?

I have big dreams.

That’s never been a secret around here.

And making those dreams into a reality takes work. And it’s work I’m excited to get done, even if it’s big and scary, like announcing my debut novel, which comes out in 77 days, btw.

My days and weeks are busy. I get up early. I work until midnight, and most of it has nothing to do with being an author. It’s cooking, it’s cleaning. It’s taking care of kiddos, and during weeks like last week, it’s a whole hell of a lot of taking care of myself.

If a week was ever gonna derail me from accomplishing my goals, it was last week.

I’ve been battling a virus that is mostly an annoying cold, but has really done a number on my appetite. (Read, for a few days I had none.) I slept in everyday. I came home from work early one night and laid on the sofa. I missed emails. There were days that I didn’t write. My to-do lists sat untouched.

I was frustrated. Guilt weighed me down as more and more stuff piled up.

As I’m emerging from the worst of the virus, I’m completely overwhelmed with the volume of things I need to get done over the next few days–stuff I probably won’t get done this week either, because it’s Felix’s birthday on Tuesday, and mom stuff always comes first.

But here’s the thing.

I’m OK with it.

Do I guilt myself? Of course I do.

Do I let it stop me from doing what I can?

Absolutely not.

Sure, I only got a fraction of what I wanted to accomplish done last week, but what I did do was important. Taking care of yourself is important, even if that means sleeping all days and drinking all of the kombucha and reading The Allure of Julian Lefray

Inventorying what I did helps put the overwhelm of what I didn’t into prespective: I finished writing a prequel to The Other Lane (more on that later). I bought ISBNs, because that’s the responsible author thing to do. I posted to Instagram TWICE. All despite feeling like shit.

Badassery achieved.

Giving myself credit for what I did already makes the backlog feel more manageable.

And tomorrow, I’m baking cupcakes to celebrate Felix and not apologizing for only writing 16 words.


PS, you should totally follow me on Instagram. I’ve been posting a lot of pretty desk photos, but also some teasers fromĀ The Other Lane. And , as always, there is knitting.

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Motivation in Cotton

More playing with cotton yarn

This is a little scrubbie pattern I have been messing around with for a couple of years. I am currently playing with size, these are pretty small at about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. I would rather they be 3 or 3 1/2. It also might be fun to make a super scrubbie that’s 6 inches across.

I use these around the house for cleaning, mostly for dishes, but they work great for wiping down counters, stove tops and cabinets. I like to have one for each day. Then I can just toss it in the hamper and wash it with the next load of laundry. It’s a great reusable little sponge.

They do tend to wear out after about a year. (A YEAR!) So I am making more for home, and possibly some for the shop. And possibly working on a pattern.

It might be that I am making all of these cleaning supplies lately, or that spring is on it’s way, or that I live in a tiny apartment which I also run a business out of the clutter starts to become a problem very quickly, but I am making Friday this week cleaning day. I want to sit down and knit scrubbies in a space so clean it pings.

What’s motivating you today?