the long road to healthy

June 16, 2009


Filed under: family, fitness, general — karena @ 11:40 am

Remember when Bilbo said “I feel…thin. Sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread?” I can SO relate to that right now. Well, not the thin part. But the feeling of being unable to cover everything you’re supposed to be covering.

I’m having trouble balancing and prioritizing my ever-growing to-do list. There are so many things I really want to accomplish. But, because there are so many, I don’t even know where to begin. And so nothing gets accomplished.

In between the cooking, cleaning, being a mom, being a wife, cuddling, reading to little boys, blogging, and all the other necessities of life, here’s a list of the major things I’d like to do:

    1. Perfect my French so I can carry on real conversations. Like chewing out the plumber that keeps putting off coming and installing our new shower.
    2. Learn Latin before I need to start teaching it to my son in three years.
    3. Get organized with the homeschooling thing. Figure out a way to give my Lego-loving, problem-solving boy the classical education we want without breaking his spirit.
    4. Lose about thirty pounds and be fit.
    5. Actually read our collection of Great Books. Or at least start them.
    6. Learn how to sew. Not make simple curtains, which I did just last week. But really sew.

When I write it down, it doesn’t look like all that much. But I’ve been planning to do these things for years now. So why are they all still on my to-do list?

I used to think maybe I was just lazy. Or a procrastinator. And there are times that those terms apply. But really I think that it is more a matter of organization. And perhaps biting off more than I can chew. I’ve seen some blogs that have a 101 in 1001 section. Perhaps I should try breaking these goals out into manageable, measurable steps and making my own list.



  1. I love how blogging is listed as one of the necessities. You definitely have your priorities straight! : )

    I’m the same way when it comes to To-Do lists…the more I have to do, the less chance that I will do ANYTHING.

    I’m a big fan of breaking stuff into smaller more manageable tasks. Prioritize that list you just made and then pick the top 2. Then break those tasks down into smaller tasks (1. Get French tape from library. 2. Practice 15 minutes a day… etc.)

    Once you have one of the bigger tasks done, you can move on to the next!

    Comment by Thea @ Im A Drama Mama — June 16, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  2. I am constantly in a state of unorganization and it’s really driving me crazy right now, so I know how you feel. I think the easiest way to break it down for me is to tackle one big task at a time. For me it is getting the living room in a semblance of order and organization.
    Of course this difficult to do when you are gone many hours a day trying to entertain a 5 year old and then you want to spend hours inbetween on your computer….alas the difficulty. Maybe if I stayed home and off the computer I could actually accomplish something!! Of course, things would be accomplished but everyone would be grumpy!! Choices, choices, choices!!

    Comment by Ann G — June 17, 2009 @ 5:37 am

  3. Thea — I\’m finding the blogging to be rather therapeutic. It\’s nice to get my thoughts out there — not only for me to see, but to be honest about what\’s going on with the rest of you as well.

    Ann — I was REALLY hoping you\’d say something like, \”I\’ve been at this homeschooling thing for a while now, and the key to organization is….\” Well, the good news is that I\’m not alone!

    Comment by Karena — June 17, 2009 @ 10:42 am

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