I am always impressed with people who have dreams or goals and manage to make everything happen the way they envision things, or just have a “to do” list and get things done.  They have ambition, self-initiative, and usually good time management skills.  I can never seem to be as productive as I would like to be, so I guess I’m partly just envious.  I know people who get more done by 9 am than I do all day long sometimes, but then again, I’m not a morning person.  They wake up on full throttle.  I have no clue what that feels like, and sometimes I spend more time thinking about what needs to get done rather than actually doing things.  I get great satisfaction out of checking things of my “to do” list and want to get things done, but I can’t always make things happen in the timeframe I would like to and should be able to, but it’s sometimes due to things out of my control.  Other times it is not. I can be very focused and productive though with the right motivation.

What really impresses me is when other people are willing to tackle projects or do anything that is out of their comfort zone, which seems to be a key factor sometimes.  They’re not afraid to try something they’ve never done before or figure things out as they go.  They just take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and run with it.  Continue reading

Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes

As last school year was coming to a close, I was commenting to my husband that the first three days after school ended were the only days all summer that none of the kids had a commitment, and therefore, they were the only three weekdays I could take them to the amusement park.  He said, “What do you mean? You have all summer!”  I am a stay-at-home mom right now, so his assumption was that there is all kinds of free time in the schedule and that I just do fun stuff with the kids all the time.  He clearly has no clue what my days are like with the kids, especially now that two of them are teenagers with significant others.

I had to pull out the master schedule and show him that each week at least one of the kids had either a summer camp, baseball games, tennis lessons, driver’s ed. classes, art classes, marching band camp, or time volunteering at the zoo all summer, or we would have company or were due to be on vacation.  There were days where I was practically living in the car in order to get all three kids where they need to go throughout the day.   Continue reading