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Let’s talk character flaws. Mine, not yours (although I’d love for you to list some of yours in the comments so I don’t feel like such a loser).
Actually, I just want to talk about one of my character flaws today:
I’m good at making plans. I like to come up with ideas. I dream big dreams. Sometimes I even form a plan of attack on how I’ll accomplish those plans, ideas, and dreams. But when it comes to implementing that plan of attack, I don’t last very long. I lack stick-to-it-iveness and it bugs the crap out of me.
It’s not just in one area of my life; it’s in a bunch. Here are a few examples:
- Chore charts for the kids. I made the charts, but enforcing their use lasted about 3 days.
- Craft/DIY/Miscellaneous projects. Oh my, I have a list a mile long: I’ve made one curtain, but not it’s mate. I need to make last year’s photo book and Annelise’s First Year photo book. I have several knitting projects I want to do. I have the materials for a few projects in Annelise’s bedroom, but haven’t started the projects. And on and on and on.
- The Great Purge. It’s been a year since I decided to do that. I started out with a bang and did the entire downstairs. Then I stalled out. I’ve cleaned out our master bedroom closet, but it needs to be done again, and I’ve done the linen closet (which I can actually say has stayed looking pretty nice), but it’s been months and I still haven’t added a blog update about it.
Those are only a few examples.
I hate that I’m like this. I feel like I’m constantly letting myself down, my kids down, my husband down, and in some cases, other people down. It doesn’t set a good example for my kids and it’ll probably lead to trust issues for them since what I say is going to happen doesn’t always (or even often) end up happening.
I want to be a person of my word. I want my kids to know that when I say something, it will happen. I want to complete all these projects and meet all these goals.
Yet here I am, stuck in limbo, not knowing how to proceed. In order to ‘improve’ I need to follow through on what I say and complete what I begin. But I already know that I’m good at making lists of what needs to be done, but I’m not good at actually completing those tasks. So if I just write down everything I intend to do, I’ll soon fall back into my old patterns.
SO… who out there is a good finisher? Who can give me some practical steps to see things through to completion? And who wants to tell me some of your annoying flaws? I know I’m not the only imperfect one 😉
And now the part of the post where I share pictures of our real, everyday life.
People like to complain about living here, but I totally agree with Maine’s motto. This is ‘The Way Life Should Be’.
Exploring at low tide is fun. And also messy.
Have a great week and remember to keep it real!