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Turning lemons into lemonade...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

or, trying to.

I was so excited about the three-day weekend! Then.....I found out at 3 pm yesterday I have to work today because I wasn't notified of someone's vacation request and they have family coming into town and....

No three-day for me. I tried to be gracious, but I was really disappointed. Last night, I had a really bad attitude about it. A lot of work stuff has been building up and this was sort of the straw that made me fall apart (when I got home).

But, today is a new day...and I'll still have 2 days off. I just keep telling myself that.

10,000 steps a day streak: Three days. Took a walk around the block at 9 pm to make it, but I did it!

Food...ahem. Not so great. That work "Stuff" I mentioned? Coupled with my partner's continued unemployment? The realization my 27 yo alcoholic daughter is drinking really heavily ...again? yeah. "Stuff" is what I did to my face yesterday. Overall, it's not a horrible binge or anything, but there was some mindless eating in there I could have done without. That said, I'm coping pretty much as best I can with my stress. Walking is definitely a stress release for me, so those 10K steps are helping.

I realized last night, I need some fun. Life has not been fun. It's been one hurdle after the next for quite awhile. Then I had to think, what is "fun" for me and how do I get there on a squeeky tight budget of both time and money?

Crafts. I love crafts. I love playing with color, paper, paint, clay, glitter, modge podge, you name it. I have projects that need to be completed...but they are large and some of them are more "work" than fun - bellydance costuming etc. Those "have" to be done, have deadlines etc and they do not count as "fun". I'm not sure that makes sense, maybe this analogy will: A professional photographer shoots a wedding. He might enjoy his work....but it's work. It's not for fun. Maybe that gives an idea of what I mean.

So, I'm going to set aside some time this weekend to work on something crafty that is not "required" or pending a deadline. I'm giving myself a $20 budget if I need to go out and get materials, and i'm not going to feel guilty about it (yes, I'm talking to myself here) because $20 for some sanity is pretty damn cheap.
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  • TERRYT55
    YAY for you and your 10,000 steps a day. I am so proud of you! My husband laughs at me as he is laying in bed and I'm pacing all over the bedroom to get those last few steps. Keep up the good work!

    I'm so sorry about your partner's continued lack of employment, sorry you had to work this weekend and very sorry about your daughter. You have a lot of hurdles to jump right now.

    Enjoy crafting this weekend and continue making that lemonade!

    Take care, my friend
    1701 days ago
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    1702 days ago
    Your disappointment/anger is 100% understandable...good for you for taking some time to "vent" /reflect and then making the best of a not so great situation... I have to do that, too!!! (Sometimes it's very, very hard for me NOT to vent when I'm still in the middle of the situation, but I'm getting better in that area.

    Good for you for realizing you NEED/DESIRE to have some fun and putting a plan into place for doing just that! We ALL need FUN time, but often times forgo fun for what we HAVE to do or feel OBLIGATED to do... too much of which can lead to unhappiness... so good for you for saying, "Hey, I need to have a little bit of fun"!! Enjoy your craft time!

    Have a blessed weekend!

    1703 days ago
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