I won’t beat around the bush – I took last week off unexpectedly. For some reason, after I wrote about my March Goals I realized that I needed to buckle down and actually accomplish some of those goals. Revisiting my word of the year was in order. My word of the year is ACTION – meaning DO SOMETHING!
I love to write down what I want to do in the month, but sometimes, I get so caught up in writing about what I want to accomplish, that I miss actually accomplishing it; hence my word of the year being action.
After I wrote out my March goals, I realized that I needed to start working on them.
Homeschooling takes on a life of its own in my life. I don’t know if I am in the minority, but I am constantly thinking about homeschooling, whether I am doing the right thing, whether we are doing enough, whether my kids are learning anything, if I am letting their interests lead too much, or if I am trying to get them to work on too much seatwork when they should be enjoying the outdoors. It is a constant barrage of self-doubt. Perhaps as the years go on it will be better, but as of now, I am constantly questioning my decisions. Luckily, my kids are pretty great, and when I stop thinking for a minute and actually observe, I calm down and realize that my kids are progressing, and that they really are awesome kids who love learning.
After my mini freak-out last week, I realized a bit of a break was in order.
We had a wonderful break over the holidays, and were ready to attack the New Year with a vengeance, but as time goes on, I realize that perhaps I plan a little too much, and we never end up finishing the to-do list. I often think that I will be able to accomplish more than I am actually able to accomplish.
Last week I really put my word of the year into play.
We started purging the house. When I say “we” I really mean that “I” started to purge. I have been trying to incorporate my kids in figuring out what to keep and what to sell/donate/throw; and to a certain extent, that has worked. However, I have to realize that my kids are still quite little (7&5 and a 1 year old who could care less about purging), and so their stamina as far as getting rid of things is limited – what comes to mind is their clothes, toys are one thing, clothes are something else entirely.
Homeschool planning and purging my home have been the main actions of the past week, however, I have also been trying to sit and do something for myself each day as well. I started knitting a little bit more than I have in the past few months.
I have the goal of 2 finished projects each month, one a knit item, and one “other” which could be as simple as a coloring page, or another knit item, something I sew, or something else entirely, I did a good job for January, February flew by so fast that I only accomplished one coloring page completed. My hope is to catch up on knitting, and I am trying to make a little more time for me to work on that every day.
I am also trying to catch up on my reading.
As literature based homeschoolers, I spend a lot of time reading; hours of reading aloud to the kids. While I love this reading, and this time with my kids, it isn’t exactly the reading that I would choose to do during my own reading time. But, finding that time to read is difficult. I know that my reading is limited, so I started reading aloud a series that I loved to read when I was younger – the Mandie series. I wasn’t sure if my kids would like it or not, and while I think it is a perfect series for Emma to start reading soon herself, I knew that the books were a little too long, so I started reading them to her. It is fulfilling my need for some fiction reading, which I haven’t been doing as of late.
I have come to realize over these many years of blogging that it is healthy to take a step back sometimes and enjoy life. Townsend House is a family lifestyle blog that focuses on my journey, my family’s journey. While I love to share that with all of you, sometimes taking a step back and enjoying my family and life is in order.
The spring-like weather continues in Maine, and we are enjoying a lot more time outside these days. I plan to finish most of the purging this week and next, so that after Easter we are able to start spring cleaning, and clearing out the winter from the home to let in the new spring light and air!
What have you been up to lately? Do you ever need to take a step back from the online world?