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Motivation

When I had an actual 9 to 5 job I used to pride myself on being organized and meeting deadlines.  I did what it took to get the job done.  I think my employers valued that and therefore I became a valuable member of our team.  That was my motivation, along with the fear of being fired!

Fast forward to now.  My current full-time job is being wife, mother and homemaker.  It’s a huge job, but one that I could not imagine not filling.  The problem is, I don’t have that fear of being fired there to motivate me anymore.  I have become seriously lax in my job duties, mainly the homemaker ones.  I spend more time on the computer than off.  It’s funny though.  I spend the time on the computer reading blogs about others who are actually doing the wife, mother, homemaker duties that I want to do.  Because I do want to do them.  I just don’t have any motivation to get off my rear and do it.

Really.  I mean, who is going to fire me?  I guess my husband could, although he is even more tolerant of dirty bathrooms than I am.  I think at times my kids would like to fire me, especially when I make them clean up their Hot Wheels off the floor…again!  (There’s a whole other post right there.  How can I expect them to learn these basic duties if I don’t do them myself?  *write that down as an idea for later*) 

As I have contemplated this lately I have come to a conclusion.  I think that because there is so much “stuff” around here that I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Don’t get me wrong, we are not about to be the next featured family on the A&E show “Hoarding”, but we have our fair share of junk.  The stuff makes it feel like the house never really gets clean.  Not to mention that vacuuming the floor can become a big chore because of those darn Hot Wheels. 

I have decided that I owe it to myself to spend some time going through each room and getting stuff out.  It’s my first foray into minimalism.  I’m not expecting my first pass to be the last, but hopefully will give me the motivation to keep at it.  I am really curious to see if it does make a difference to my housekeeping motivation. 

This weekend I will start.  I want to document it somehow, but haven’t figured it out.  Maybe pictures, maybe lists, or maybe I will weigh everything as I kick it out the door.  Who knows.  I just know that I want to be able to look back and see how far I have come.  I heard that also works wonders for motivation.  😉

I can’t tell you how many times I have done this.  Sat down to write on a blog.  Actually, maybe I can.  At least 4.  Could be more, but those are the ones I can remember.

All those times I started with the wrong incentive.  At least that’s what all the successful bloggers tell me.  It was always to make some money or to become known with lots of readers.  I’m not gonna lie, those things are still incentives.  The big change is that this time I want to write.  I want to write about anything and everything.  Mainly I want to write about what I am hoping will become my “life turnaround”.

You see there have been some things weighing on me lately.  They are pretty random things, but things that I want to change about me and the way I live.  I have always wanted to write.*  I have always wanted to have a blog of my own.  That’s when it hit me like a completely obvious ton of bricks.  Start a blog documenting how I deal with those things that are weighing on me.

*It’s here that I should mention that I have never been a writer in my life.  I have started the occasional journal here and there, but in no way have I ever been a consistent writer.  Sensing a trend here?  It’s one of those romantic notions that I have always wanted to attempt.  Please bare bear with me as I “find my voice” and figure things out like if that should have been bare or bear. 

Enter Sarah Well Rounded.  It’s not going to be a blog about me becoming physically rounder.  At least I hope not.  I do hope that it will help me become a little less round in that sense.  It will be about my adventures in dabbling with becoming a figurative well-rounded person.  I want to try out so many things – like minimalism, crafting, figuring out if those two things can even go together, healthier eating, my trials and tribulations as well as celebrations as a wife and mother, becoming a bit greener, and so many other things.  I’m not expecting it to be a particularly helpful blog to others, except in the sense that some might feel a little less lonely as they are trying to find themselves as well.

 Well that’s it.  My first post is done!  My journey begins…