“Life Hacks for Mediocre Moms”
That’s what I got. That’s what I need. That’s what’s for dinner.
That’s my “31 Days” Theme. In October I’ll be seeing you here every day and together we will make over my freaking life. (Or we’ll at least give it a mediocre try. Right?)
Life Hack for Mediocre Moms So Far:
Guess what… I’m straight up the MOST mediocre mom of 4 kids you’ll ever meet (on the internet). Honest. I really am overwhelmingly mediocre. I’ve never striven to be or imagined myself as a Super Mom. The good news is that I don’t feel compelled to be that nearly-perfect person. I can’t imagine living with that expectation of myself.
However, I know I can do better. And I want to be better and accomplish more than I currently am. I want to clean up my messy life just enough that I can begin to tap into the potential I feel within me for… *more* (…staring into the foggy distance). Let’s not get too detailed here! I’ve gotta keep my dreams a secret in case I suck too much to reach them. :-/
So, whilst announcing the obvious: that I am VERY FAR from perfect, I’d like to state that I know I’m not a total train wreck either. Just so that you know I’m not fishing for compliments like a skinny chick calling herself fat. I do see my own strengths, I’m grateful for my blessings, and I try not to forget my little victories when I’m faced full-on with my weaknesses. And the weakness are plentiful.
I acknowledge that I’m flexible and spontaneous. I can throw together a fun playgroup activity, snack, and craft for 6 toddlers with an hour’s notice. Did that this week.
I sometimes buy the packs of pre-made cookie dough and just eat the whole thing within a few days. Then I wash it all down with Diet Coke. So, basically, I don’t feed myself very well.
Please don’t ask me when I last dusted because I will LIE!!!! (and then I will run downstairs and dust real quickly with my hand/sleeve, get distracted on phone, wash my dusty hands, and head for the cookie dough in the freezer.)
I really like people and love getting a group together. I’m comfortable in a crowd and have an ability to put people at ease. Give me a microphone and I’ll start rapping/jumping ala MC Hammer. It’s only natural.
>>Insert my 11 year-old yelling at full volume, “Stop it mom! You are NOT too legit to quit!!’ This may or may not have happened today outside her first middle school dance.<<
If you belong to a pyramid scheme/ home-based sales company and would like to “stop by sometime this week and demonstrate some really amazing new knives” for me (or whatever) then I’d like to kick you in the face instead for making such a poor life choice.
Anyway… here’s the point. I’m doing ok, but I know I could do better. Overall.
I’m smart enough to know what I SHOULD be doing, I just don’t do it consistently. I’m a bit lazy, but really good at procrastinating. (This is a great start to my new, updated resume!)
>>Insert note to potential future employers: Stop reading this blog post and go wash out your eyeballs.<<
Admission: Sometimes I get really down about my lameness. It sounds like this, “I’m really failing at a lot of things! I really suck! I need to stop trying to do good things! I always fail! FAILURRRrrRRE!”
>>Insert head smack and ice cream.<<
My sweet husband? He doesn’t like it when I start yelling, “HASHTAG EPIC FAIL!” and usually responds with a gentle, “I know you can do it! You just need to plan a little better, babe!”
So in October, I am challenging myself to doing waaaay better. I’m gonna plan! I am going to DO my best to do the SHOULD things. I am going to turn the SHOULDS into CANS and WILLS. It’s like a infomercial/psycho-therapy/good-two-shoes experiment, for goodness sakes!
What will this look like? Um… I will exercise 5 days a week. I will wash my face every night. I will drink LESS Diet Coke. I will study my scriptures daily and pray on my knees to my heart’s content (#ImgoingtoneedHishelp). I will take my vitamins. I will face discouragement, battle through it, and forgive myself. I will say no to (most) cookies. I will say no to illegal drugs. I will say no to jeggings.
Just checking to see if you guys are still listening. Duh on those last two.
>>Insert Angie taking a break to laugh really hard.<<
I’m going to apply some really smart, sound “Life Hacks” to my Mediocre Mom Life in October and I’d like to invite you guys to join me. Or laugh at me. Or tell me how overzealous I am for doing this PAINFULLY GOOD thing to myself. Send love notes?
I’m hoping that this little “Life Improvement” experiment will be a HUGE blessing to me and my family. I’ll record how it goes each day so that we can hug about it if we need to. And I’ll definitely be asking for your help in my moments of weakness/cravings/laziness via Facebook and Instagram. Please steer me away from the chocolate chips every day at 1:00 p.m.
Confession: I’m sorta afraid to fail super hard at this, guys. Both the 31 straight days of blogging and the Life Hacks for Mediocre Moms. But let’s just go for it.
>>Insert cheerleading kicks and super happy clapping/belly rolls on un-mopped floors/possible nervous flatulence.<<
(linking this post up to The Nester’s 31 days party, m’kay?)