Monday, December 6, 2010
Posted by LeAnn Stephenson
I have been trying for weeks to write about my plans for The Vintage Laundry, but it hasn't been easy, and for one simple reason: Redesigning the website and implementing new services and aspects to the business has taken up so much of life lately that I have had no time to sit down in front of the computer to post blogs.
I hate that I procrastinate. I absolutely hate this about me! If procrastination were dirt, I'd be about an acre - or maybe 40. If you're one of those people who is all together and perfectly prepared for all that life presents to you on a daily basis, don't even bother reading this because there will be nothing for you here. This is for people who put things off claiming that if you can't do tasks perfectly, why do them at all, those who are bad at multi-tasking, and those who feel that their disorganized houses, and their hopeless and chronic inability to finish their "to-do-list," somehow makes them less than.
There was, however, for exactly 10 minutes in 1993 right after the birth of my first child that I, LeAnn Stephenson, was thought to be the most on-top-of-things woman on the planet. It's true, just ask my breast pump. In any case, I would like to NOT procrastinate. I would! But every time I try to get all organized, something goes wrong and makes it impossible. I want to make sure I make this clear: Every time I try to get all organized, something goes wrong.
I have observed people who are overwhelmed by their "to-do-lists" (and are often procrastinators) - and I've also witnessed the parallel universe of folks who are freakishly efficient (but are often overwhelmed, as well.) I myself swing between the two universes, spending larger portions of time in the land of the overwhelmed slash procrastinating. I have periods of time being wildly committed to finishing my "to-do-lists" and being on top of my schedule; then some little glitch or fire ignites needing my attention, and then I spend time solving the problem and putting out the fire. Then I slowly make my way back to completing tasks in a timely manner, then something new and urgent comes up. So far, in the "urgent-must-put-this-fire-out" department, the past month and a half has managed the following: I have broken four metatarsal bones in my right foot, one right after the other which leads to visits to multiple doctors to see why this is happening and an oh-so-stylish boot cast to hobble around in; my internet provider has been malfunctioning making it usable only 2 out of every 7 days for quite some time now, making designing the website, emailing clients, posting blogs, and listing new merchandise a little tricky; My children, Olivia and Noah, both had birthdays and celebrations that had to be planned, invites designed, and parties to be had; extra pockets of time to be alloted for my daughter who is now driving here and there and everywhere to accumulate hours she needs to get her license; problems with damage and shipping on some of my reworked furniture pieces, causing loss of profit and general disappointment in certain people; and now I'm entirely destroyed by the imminent arrival of Christmas and all that that implies, not to mention that I can't perform the simple act of a hair flip to remove my bangs from my eyes without becoming a candidate for traction.
So, here's what I know now that I didn't know then:
• Take calcium EVERY DAY and make sure you have some Vitamin D with it so it will absorb properly.
• There are no brakes on the passenger side floorboard of my car.
• Stop doing what does not work - get rid of the things that work against you.
• Take more pictures and spend more time with family.
• It's okay to say, No.
• Keep your bangs trimmed.
• There are people will take advantage of me.
. . . and finally . . . .
• The Earth will not stop spinning because I didn't finish my "to-do-list."
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