Productivity

I Built a House

This weekend was stressful. I didn’t really like it all that much. Granted, the stressfulness of it was caused by none other than yours truly. But still.

Last night I was kind of at my wits end and ready to crash; Abram had been in the worst mood all day yesterday. But still felt like I needed to be doing something. There’s a whole long list of stuff to get done for Abram’s party on Saturday, and I just didn’t want to procrastinate.

But I was starting to feel hostile towards that list.

Earlier that day, I happened to open the hallway closet (that never gets opened) to find a vhs that would hopefully entertain Abram for 3 minutes and out tumbled a giant car seat box I had saved to make him a little house out of. I set it aside and picked out Toy Story 2. He ended up not paying one seconds notice to it. I never put the box back.

So back to my hostility. I’m standing there feeling the urge to do SOMETHING productive, but that list just repulsed me. I remembered the box, quickly grabbed it and started cutting. I was focused and really enjoying my time making this little house. When I was done, I felt like it needed something else, so I ran and got another box that was sitting in my room and started cutting that. A half a role of duct tape later, I had a main house with a little tunnel that had saloon-like doors.

I HAD SO MUCH FUN. It was nice to use my hands and focus on something that wasn’t pressing. There was no need for me to make that play house for Abram. I was just doing it because I wanted to. When I was done, all that stress and anxiety I was feeling had melted away.

Sometimes we need to just stop and participate in an enjoyable activity. It ends up being more therapeutic than we realize.

If you are close to a breaking point and start to feel negative about everything you have to do, then stop what you are doing. Pick up scissors and a piece of paper and cut out some shapes. Play a video game. Paint your nails. Grab your kids coloring books and focus on coloring in the lines. Bake a cake for no reason. Bounce a ball outside.

Sounds silly, but I bet you’ll feel better when your done.

The End of the Week Thankful List.

“You can’t just eat garbage!” – what I said to Abram this morning after finding a rapper in his mouth that he took out of the garbage without me seeing.

Things I am Thankful for This week

1) Abram’s health- even though he is almost completely healed from some nasty bronchitis and a double ear infection, it could have been worse. There’s a plethora of things that could be wrong with him, but that is not the case. I am so thankful for that.

2) Food in our house- Daniel only gets paid every two weeks, and that last paycheck was used for bills. So this weeks menu has been really scarce, but I know that compared to most of the world, my pantry is overflowing. We never go hungry.

3) A great mom- we had some good talks on the phone this week. Lots of laughter, which hasn’t happened in a while.

4) Good friends- My friend Michelle turned 26, another year for a beautiful person. I’m also thankful for my friends here in Lake City. Livin’ life together. Oh, and my friend Kay gave me a great pair of tan suede boots. I had been wanting some for a long time.

5) Lazy Wednesday- Kim took Abram for the day, and I didn’t do ANYTHING. I watched 6 episodes of glee and ate chicken fingers. I really needed some physical rest, so it was awesome.

6) A great mother-in-law- for reasons mentioned in number five, but also because she is always helping us.

7) Fitting into an old dress- I managed to put on a pre-pregnancy dress yesterday and it didn’t look completely terrible. I still have a long way to go, but it was great encouragement.

8 ) Ruby Tuesdays- they sent me a birthday coupon for a free burger. It was delicious. And free, which was mainly the best part.

9) Good talks with my hubs- some weeks marriage involves a lot of talking and figuring things out. We did it together, and with great communication. It’s so worth it, and I love him the most much.

10) Productivity- I conquered a decent amount of things this week, and I feel accomplished. That is always nice.

11) My hometown- for being hilarious. I loved theĀ  “Sh*t Miami girls say…and guys” youtube videos this week. They nail it and make me miss home so much. As much as I fight it, I will always be a Miami girl.

12) Motivation- So many people have encouraged me through their kind words this week to keep blogging because they enjoy reading. That really helps and keeps me focused.

So what are you thankful for?