The Big 40 – I leveled up

Today is the big day where I cross the mile marker between heading up the proverbial hill of life to working my way down the other side. Let’s all go sledding, shall we? I mean, I’ve reached the “fun” part of existence, might as well enjoy it. I couldn’t think of a better group to hang out with than my fellow creatives.

However – for today, on the most momentous of days, I’d like to stop and enjoy the view.

Photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

Ahhh … That’s nice.

Have you ever noticed that the harder the uphill climb, the more breathtaking the view seems once you’ve reached the top? It’s the reward for the hard work it took to climb up to the summit. That, mixed with probably a little bit of oxygen deprivation and sheer relief to just get there, makes for a memorable experience.

My path to the summit has been challenging, but very doable. There have been a few boulders to skirt along the way, but I can say I’ve been pretty lucky. In all my forty years I have never had an extended hospital stay, have never had a serious injury, have never totaled a car, and have never been arrested.

Most of that might be because I’m probably far too careful for my own good. You might argue that I’ve missed out – you might be right. But look – I’ve got a whole parcel of years ahead of me to try a few crazy things. I’m okay with this.

Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash

There are things I’ve done that I’m embarrassingly proud of. I graduated from college, I have three amazing kids (all of which are way smarter than me), I published a book, I’ve traveled the world, I’ve learned a foreign language, I’ve volunteered my time to a non-profit organization, I’ve owned a home, the list goes on.

And I couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family.

To all of you, thank you!

Photo by Howard Riminton on Unsplash

Now, who brought the cocoa? If we’re going sledding that’s super important.

Next up – BASE jumping!

Anyone? … Anyone? … Bueller?


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Too Many Sticks in the Fire

If you were expecting the next installment of the Man in the Cupboard series, my apologies.  Time got the best of me this morning and I still have a pile on my plate the size of a small skyscraper.  Lately, it seems like there is far too much to do and far too little energy or opportunity to do it.  A good deal of this has to do with the kids being off track and my attempts to keep them engaged and happy, which can be a full-time job in itself.

As of Monday, they go back.  Kind of.  Only one is in full day school, the other is in half day, and the other won’t start school for a while.  While this still means that I never get time when they aren’t around, it’s easier not having as many fights and problems that apparently only I can fix.

I keep wondering where the time goes, why does it feel like at the end of everyday day I could have done so much more?  So, I made a chart.

Here is what a week of my life looks like –

mom chart

Don’t forget that most of these jobs have to be done at the same time as other jobs, often things like laundry and childcare overlap which makes one job take several times longer than it should, eating away at any extra time that could be used for other projects.  During the 45 minutes it took to write this post I was pulled away from the computer five separate times to deal with issues and am at this very moment being screamed at by an irate toddler who really wants the lightsaber so he can hit people with it.

So, what does this prove? Not much.  I still have the same 24 hours a day that everyone else has and am trying to spend it in the best way possible.  I enjoy many of these wedges, except perhaps the cleaning, laundry, and endless number of meals.  Feeding the family three, four, and five, times a day if you include the endless requests for snacks, can get old very fast but still has to be done!