YOU GUYS I am the worst...

...blogger in the history of blogland. THE.WORST.

If this blog is any indication of my life the last three years, then it has been absolutely hectic. I mean my life was hectic before the last three years, but it's been on overdrive. I don't even know where to catch up because so.much has happened. So just whatever.

I turned 30 this month. I wanted to make a list of 30 things to do before I am 30. Or 30 books to read before I'm 30. Or have a cutesy post about being 30. But NONE of that happened. And I still turned 30.

And while I feel like listing all my failures, and things that I've wanted to do and haven't, I am determined to be positive. And be focused on what I HAVE done. Like raising babies and living life. I'm focusing on the good things. There is plenty of bad to go around. Good things like WE ARE FINALLY SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT. All the praise hands.

I am entering a season of rest in my life. Rest from the unnecessary fluff. In my self reflection of my 20s (what absolutely crazy years those were), I realized that I am way too quick to say YES to things.  And it keeps coming up in quiet times, and time with friends, and books/blogs I am reading. I feel like I am being smacked in the face with it from all directions. This truth that when I say yes to something, I am saying no to something else has been coming up over and over. We all only have 24 hours.

So by cutting away things (I don't have time for) and relationships (I don't have time for) and jobs (I don't have time for), I am hoping to find my balance. I have been intentional about keeping our days open and not overplanning. And I know life won't be calm with kids. Ever. Because #sickness and #life but there has got to be a way to not always go 100 mph.

In saying YES to so much, I lost focus and drive. I lost my perspective because I was so caught up with the daily things. It's like I'm running a marathon. And actually I have no idea how I feel entitled enough to compare something to running a marathon cause let's just be honest- I wouldn't survive a 5K. Or a mile. #justwhatever

I listened to a Periscope of someone I find highly motivational and she is resting this year. She says "no" to 95% of the opportunities that are brought before her and her business. And in saying NO, she has been able to say YES to what she wants to say yes to. Isn't that amazing to be resting and find balance in your everyday life? Also she shared that even after saying no to all.the.things. she is set financially to make more in her business this year than she ever has. What an inspiration!

So while it isn't the new year, or a new month, or a new anything, I am determined to focus on the things that make me happy. Creating things makes me happy. Spending time with my family makes me happy. Refinishing furniture makes me happy. Decorating and organizing makes me happy.  Loving on my babies at preschool makes me happy. Reading makes me happy. And blogging makes me happy! I miss this thing. I was shocked that I still actually had page views after being so flaky and taking so much time off. So thank you!

To begin my season of rest (and doing things that I want to do), I want to set 5 attainable goals that I can quantify. Catching up with laundry isn't likely. Deep cleaning the house never lasts. So here they are (in no particular order):
1. Paint our bathroom vanity and nightstands. This has been on my list FOREVER and I want to knock this project out and enjoy my work!
2. Decorate for fall. I love this season and I want it up ASAP. I also want to decorate for Christmas this year the first week of November so this will give me plenty of time to enjoy both seasons.
3. Meet my income goals for my shop. Without being too detailed my goal is to double what I currently put in.
4. READ! I love reading. I would love to read 2 books this month (1 fiction and 1 nonfiction). Curious what's on my wishlist? Go here. I am doing a book study on Uninvited so that one will definitely be read.
5. Blog once a week. There, I said it.

Deadline- October 1st.

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