Blog headerAs a Mum I know that life is always busy. There is always something more I could be doing, some job I haven’t yet done, some new demand on my time. I thought I had that pretty well sorted in my mind. Until… Suddenly life got even busier! I don’t know quite how it happened, but I feel like I’m in a whirlwind right now, and I’m being pulled so many different directions, with no idea which way is up. It could have something to do with having 4 jobs, 1 husband, 2 teenagers (one going through the turmoil of the last year of high school), a bunch of church responsibilities… Quite a few balls in the air!

And I’m realising that’s a bit of a problem. Did I mention that I have zero hand-eye co-ordination? Juggling is definitely not my strong suit! Some balls are no longer in the air, and some have bounced well out of sight and are gathering dust in a corner somewhere. Don’t let’s even think about housework!! I’m usually a person who likes to stay a bit ahead of my schedule, having seen more than enough of the last minute panic in early life. But now I’m a bit behind in more things than I’m comfortable with.

One of those balls I’ve been missing is taking a photo a day. The Day2Day project has been part of my life for 3.5 years now, and I still just love it. I love looking around me for photo opportunities, I love coming up with quirky ways to interpret the weekly theme, I love the routine of getting the photos off my camera every day, sorting and tagging them in Historian, and making a page every Sunday for the week. I love posting my pages on Facebook and getting comments from my friends that they enjoy them.

I always tried to get a photo each day, and mostly succeeded – only having to “cheat” a few days out of the year. But now… Well let’s just say it’s Friday and I haven’t taken a single Day2Day photo all week. In fact, I didn’t finish last week’s page until just now! It’s silly to feel like I’ve let the side down. After all, I never promised anyone I’d do Day2Day forever – except maybe myself :-).

The thing is, I need to step back and take some deep breaths and give myself permission to be human. We can only do what we can do, life constantly changes, and we can’t always manage things the same way we used to before. Life has its seasons, and each of them is a new opportunity to grow and change. It’s OK to feel a bit overwhelmed, and it’s OK to drop a few balls along the way, and it’s more than OK to change some priorities and re-focus on what’s important to you.

So I’m not going to let being “Busy, busy, busy” stress me, or define me. My Day2Day book will get caught up eventually I know, because I really do love doing it, and I’ll find a way to make it work for me. But in the meantime, I’m not going to sweat it so much if I don’t get a page done each Sunday. I’ll take some time to smell the roses along the way! (Astonishingly, my rose bush has 6 buds on it right now! It’s the depths of winter here, but I didn’t get to pruning yet, in all my “busy”ness. So that’s a little bonus! I think I’ll go get a photo of them now.)

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 Content used on these pages: Water: Fonts Fancy Pants, Palatino Linotype. p2P D2D 2014 Water paper, p2P Family Times Pixie Dust (May 2013) filled with D2D 2014 water paper, p2P Monday to Sunday 123 numbers.

Still: p2P D2D 2014 Still wordart, Font: Palatino Linotype.

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12 Responses to Blog: Busy, busy, busy?

  1. Janice says:

    I so know where you are coming from. Some days, my brain goes into overdrive when the last of the light of the day happens, and I haven’t taken my photo yet. I find winter especially hard. But – I give myself permission, that if I have missed a photo, I can take one the next day of something that I was doing, reading, or looking at the day before. It’s perfectly OK to give ourselves permission to do a bit of juggling – especially if it fits into our lives in a better and much more manageable way! And most importantly – not to sweat the small stuff!

  2. Anita Albritton says:

    You ARE busy, Alison!! But selfishly all I can say is that I hope you keep doing the D2D…whether it’s actually a photo a day or a week or whatever! And that is because I LOVE your photos, your captions and your pages!! 😀

  3. Karen says:

    I always thought that when I retired I would have more time to do the things that I wanted to do. Until just a few weeks ago, I was part of the sandwich generation, kids below me and Dad above, but now I am the top of the loaf so to speak and time is still against me. Some weeks its a picture a day and others its catch up week. Don’t be hard on yourself, take time to smell those roses. Life is just to short to sweat the little things, tomorrow is a new day.

  4. Deanna Emmert says:

    I usually enjoy all of the Pixie blogs, but today your blog really speaks to the depths of my soul, Alison. Thank you so much!

  5. Carolyn says:

    The life of a pixie offers many great lessons about the limitations of the human experience. Hope you’ll learn each one that comes your way and appreciate the lessons as much as I have! Having to juggle makes you only want to carry around the most important balls. :-). Good for you for giving yourself space to breathe but not giving up! Loved your blog!

  6. debbie says:

    Totally get this. Some weeks on my day to day books are dated “mostly” Wednesday (those weeks I enjoyed taking all photos mostly of the theme on my day off—other weeks I’ve been able to take one each day, some weeks I’ll have less than seven photos What I’ve realized is it doesn’t matter-I also enjoy the “scavenger hunt” for photos of the suggested topic, creating the page and sharing with the p2p community I have found this sell acceptance very liberating and have actually enjoyed my D2D books even more. These are the books I create totally for me-my photographic journal and I get to create my own guides

    • Alison says:

      I thought there might be a few others who have the same experience as me Debbie. Good on you for accepting that it is what it is and running with it!

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