Every year about this time I begin to think about the arrival of spring. This morning I looked out the front door to our yard with the flower beds all faded and muddy, with leftover leaves and twigs broken and bedraggled, and I thought, “I can’t wait to get out there and clean things up!” But then I remembered that is is STILL February, and even though March is just a couple of days away, we could still (and probably will) get at least one or two more major snow events. This is the time when it seems that winter will never end. Like living in Narnia, except we did have Christmas . . . I think. But back in December I was so overwhelmed with other things going on in life that I almost missed it.
So here we are at the end of February and I’m feeling like the past couple of months have just flown by, which is a good thing, because usually I’m feeling like the time between Christmas and the arrival of spring just never ends. Obviously I am conflicted about this time of year! And since I’m anxiously awaiting the warmer and sunnier days of spring, I wanted to share the March calendar with you so if you want to use it on your computer, blog, website, or print it out for your art journal it is available a couple of days before the beginning of the month.
One of the projects that I am really wanting to work on now that the flu has come and gone (I hope it doesn’t come back!) is my art journal. I’ve only had a couple of times in this new year to work on it, and as it sits here on my desk while I am answering a thousand emails, grading papers, editing submissions, and preparing to teach kids in China how to speak English . . . and I look at it frequently hoping that today might be the day when I can take some time to create. We’ll see how that works out.
It doesn’t help that when you’ve been sick, you can’t just be sick and miserable and lay in bed to rest and recuperate. All the time you know that things are going on that need your attention, and you realize that once you start feeling better you are going to be swamped with piles and piles of tasks that need to be caught up. And that’s right where I am this week! But I’m making good progress, should have the major projects wrapped up later today or tomorrow, and then I can perhaps take a breath and do something fun!
If you are eagerly awaiting spring, or if you’ve been down and discouraged because of illness or the weather, or any number of other things that can cause us to lose sight of our goals, remember that you don’t have to be perfect to be GREAT! God will give you the strength to do what He has called YOU to do, no matter what everyone else is doing. Sometimes we have to pause and re-prioritize our goals and plan our days to factor in things like sick kids (or mom), or emergencies, or hanging out with the kids, or calling grandma and grandpa, or date night with hubby, or just reading a book or watching a movie. This is a really difficult thing for me to remember, so perhaps that’s why I’m writing it here, today, as a reminder to myself.
How about you? Do you take time to relax or are you more like me, always working for feeling like I should be working when I can’t or when I’m not? Could be that old-fashioned Yankee work ethic I’ve read about, or perhaps it is the determination to accomplish just one more thing . . . even if it kills me! I know I’m not alone – what are your thoughts on this? Thanks for stopping by to read some of my blog post ramblings and philosophical wandering here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage. I hope to work on a few more creative projects soon so I can share them here, as well. Hope you are having a good week!