I like to be a mover and a shaker, someone who gets up early and stays up late and goes goes goes. With this pregnancy, and with everything else lately, I've had to slow way way down. And I'm making a conscious effort to find health, happiness and fulfillment in the slower pace, in the simplified life. After all, the things that are most important are right in front of me, and no amount of running around or adding things to my to-do list make me happier.
In fact, I've stopped making to-do lists altogether. Instead, I'm making "DONE" lists. At the start of each morning, I grab a blank piece of paper and write DONE at the top. Throughout the day, I add to it everything I've done.
Guess what? Even on the days when I think I've been totally useless, I'm getting a lot done! I feed, bathe, and clothe my daughter every day. I almost always feel well enough to take her on a small walk, or sit on the park bench and watch while she runs around. I do a lot of work for my calling, almost every single day. Sometimes I do the dishes. Sometimes I capture beautiful images for my blog. Sometimes I make dinner. On Tuesdays, I babysit my friends' kids. Almost always, I take a nap while Claire naps, and that helps with one of the biggest items on my "DONE" list: I'm growing two babies, every single day!
Honestly, my "DONE" lists have really changed my perspective. In this crazy time of life, when I've cut back on blogging, and when my photography business is on semi-permanent hiatus, it's easy to feel that my days are less structured and mundane. I'm also the least patient sick person in the world, and so I get mad at my body for not being able to grow two babies and feel well and do everything I used to do all at the same time. And isn't that so silly? Just typing out that sentence makes me realize how silly I am about slowing down and focusing on what's really important.
Good thing I have those DONE lists, and good thing I have Sam to pick up all my slack, and good thing I have such an amazing support network near and far.
Have you ever made DONE lists?
Seriously, try it right now!
It's so empowering and gratifying.