Wow! I can’t believe my last day of NaBloPoMo is here and that I’ve made it. Once I hit publish on this post, I will have completed my goal. I thought it was only fitting that I reflect on what I’ve learned and remembered during this month long project.
I need to create.
There are a lot of things that I can turn to that I enjoy. I enjoy reading and watching Netflix. I enjoy playing board games and spending time with friends. But the need to create in me is strong. Nothing recharges my batteries as much as creating does. Usually, that’s in the form of writing – I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. It’s always been a big part of my life.
But sometimes it gets pushed to the wayside. It is easier to turn on Netflix at the end of a long day than to write, but only one of those two things leaves me feeling energized. I need to make this more of a priority in my life. Sometimes, even though I have written and regularly recognize the importance of self-care in my life, I still push it down. I make it a thing that only gets done if I finish all my other things. But finishing all my other things is sometimes impossible – I’m not superwoman. And then I’m left burnt out and crabby because I haven’t taken any time to stop go, go, going. It is okay to take time for myself. I need to repeat this like 100 times a day.
I have amazing friends.
Okay, this one feels a little like cheating because I have known this for a long time. But this is in here to say thank you. To all of you who supported me along this NaBloPoMo journey. Who liked and read and commented and asked me how it was going or told me you were enjoying it, I really appreciate it. I often feel like I have the greatest group of friends in the world. I feel all your love and support every day, in this endeavor and in other areas of my life, and I am really, really grateful for it. I thought about giving special shout-outs to a few of you, but that list quickly became too long to be practical. I love you all.
Goals are good for me.
One of the hardest parts about being a stay at home mom, I feel like, is that there is a lot of mundane stuff that never ends. I really do better with goals to work towards and structure in my life. Sure, I could set a goal like do all the laundry, but you turn around and there’s just going to be more laundry. A lot of household tasks are like that – hard to set goals for because there is no end point where you can be like bam! done. But having some kind of goal in my life gives me a purpose. And so, I need to brainstorm on ways to incorporate this because it really does help. Nothing is immediately obvious, but I need to keep kicking this idea around.
Anyways, that’s my reflections on NaBloPoMo! I’ve really enjoyed it. I hope you all did too. 🙂