Five Minute FridayPosted: July 20, 2012
Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways to challenge myself not just as a wife and mother, but also as an individual. As a writer. So today, I’m linking up with The Gypsy Mama, Lisa-Jo Baker, for an uninhibited five minutes of writing anything that comes to mind. In college, I loved writing prompts! I sometimes find writing more difficult when the sky is the limit, and some of my best work has come from a specific task. Link up with Lisa-Jo if you would like to join me and a whole lot of really great bloggers!
It’s not enough to take care of your family, but you have to take care of YOU.
I awoke this morning at 6:30am to a baby fussing over the baby monitor. I walked upstairs, dragged myself upstairs, really, to comfort him and keep him from waking up his big brother. I made his applesauce and enzyme mixture so that I could feed him, and he went back to sleep. He did. Had I gotten enough sleep that I thought I could get through the day? AND keep my sanity? Yes, I thought. So with both of my boys sleeping soundly, I crept into our living room, turned on a workout video, and started sweating. Sometimes I felt I was at my max!! It was hard. I couldn’t keep up with all of the steps. I couldn’t hold the poses long enough. Sometimes I found myself thinking, “That’s good enough.” and I would come out of the pose before the counting was over. Yet I pushed myself forward. I remembered words from a coach during cross country training in high school. Something of a poem that stated, “Good enough is neither.” Although I couldn’t remember the rest of the words, I remembered the gist. Keep going. Good enough really isn’t good OR enough. Keep pushing. That’s what it takes sometimes. When you tell yourself “That’s good enough” you may really be short-changing yourself.
That was SO hard! I realize now how much I edit my thoughts and think about each and every word when I take the time to write. (And from the quality of what I turned out in those five minutes, you’re probably thinking, “Thank goodness!” Ha!) 🙂 Truth be told, it usually takes me at least an hour to write one blog post. Five minutes of free-writing without having time to stop and think about what I’m going to say or to go back and edit (like I am doing now), is much more difficult than I imagined! Give it a try, whether you have a blog to post it to or not. I can definitely say that I would like to link up and give it another go next Friday as well. Hopefully, it will get a bit easier to be so free!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!