So today I have been inspired to write a different type of Top 10 list. Instead of 10 things that are similar, I’m putting together two Top 5 lists. Allow me to explain.
I have been comparing myself to others in a not-so-great kind of way. I was looking at what others where doing and thinking that I should be doing some of those things in my life too. Then I started to feel so overwhelmed and just not doing anything great.
So I’ve had to take a step back and had to do some soul searching and decide what I am good at and want to keep prioritizing in my life, and what I’m not so great at currently. Hence the title, 5 Things I’m Not and Things I Am.
OK here we go…
1. A Crafter
I do not have a crafty bone in my body. I can’t sew, crochet, knit, mosaic, or turn a piece of scrap paper into a beautiful card or other work of art. I wish I could. I would love to be able to sew or do those other things, but I can’t. I was never taught, and honestly I never really reached out to learn either.
I like the idea of scrap-booking, in fact I have a few that I have made, but I just don’t have the time. Thank heavens for photo-books! I love that I can upload photos, drag and drop into place, add a few captions and TA-DA, I have a beautiful (kind-of) scrapbook!
You will not find blog posts here of all the wonderful DIY crafts that you might find on other blogs. I just don’t have the talent, nor do I craft out time to do them (no pun intended! ;)). I love to look at the beautiful creations that others have made, and I admit that I Pin many ideas and projects that I will never make. (But that’s the fun of Pinterest!)
2. An Extreme Couponer
Sure I clip some coupons each week, and once I’ve made my grocery list I sort through my coupons to see if I can use any. But that is about the extent of my couponing skills.
I used to use them a lot more. I had a nice little stockpile of all sorts of goodies in one of our hall closets. I would match coupons with sales too. Since I have slowly been switching over to a more whole foods diet and shopping more at Costco, I just don’t find that many coupons for food items that I need to buy anymore.
Most of the coupons that I clip are for personal toiletry and home products. And sad to say, that most of the coupons that I do clip end up in the recycling bin because they expire before I get around to using them.
3. A Frequent Shopper
I used to love shopping, then I had kids. Trying to find the time to go shopping with two little ones is a challenge all in itself. Plus in the past three years, my body size has changed so many times thanks to two back to back pregnancies. So I just haven’t made the time to shop all the much anymore, our budget is much happier about that!
4. A Cook everything from scratch kind of girl
We are moving to a more whole foods type of diet, but there are just some things that are currently easier to buy than make. I still buy all my condiments (except for salad dressing) from the store. Since we don’t eat that much bread, I buy a loaf always making sure to check the ingredients before I do. We also still buy cereal, granola bars, crackers, and other convenience foods on occasion.
When I first started to educate myself about eating in a more healthy way, I became completely overwhelmed! Yes there is a lot of added junk to most processed foods, and sometimes you just don’t know where to begin. I knew that I didn’t have the time or motivation to make everything from scratch, so I prioritized what I wanted to focus on.
Things that I do buy pre-made, I always check the ingredients label. There are some non-negotiable ingredients that I refuse to buy (such as high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and artificial colors just to name a few).
There are also things that I don’t enjoy buying, but I do to maintain a happy marriage (my husband’s two must have items are diet coke and chewy chocolate chip granola bars). To counteract those unhealthy purchases, I always make sure we have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on hand!
5. A Creative Home Educator
Don’t get my wrong, I fully embrace my role as my kids first teacher, and being a former elementary school teacher myself, I have tons of plans of how to teach and learn alongside my kids as they grow.
What I do mean is that I am not creating elaborate sensory bins for my little ones, or inspiring art projects made from my kids footprints. I honestly never had plans to do any of those things to begin with, then once I had my son I started reading some popular mommy blogs and searching Pinterest, I was amazed by all the learning activities and crafts disigned for little ones.
I started to feel like my son was missing out because I wasn’t planning and creating these experiences. My personality sometimes takes on the all or nothing approach and I realized that I needed to chill out. My kids are currently 2 and 10 months, they are not losing IQ points because I’m not planning a pre-pre-preschool curriculum to work through everyday.
We read a gazillion books everyday, play outside when it’s nice, I point out things to them while we are out and about, and I speak aloud to them constantly. I’m doing plenty of things. Sure, someday I do have plans to do a homeschool-preschool with my kiddos, but not now.
* Please note that it is not my intention to make anyone feel bad or judged because they are doing these things. You are amazing at what you are doing, and should keep on doing it. I am mainly pointing out some things that I am not doing. I think it’s important to prioritize and spend time on things that we love and enjoy doing with the limited time we have. I would love to be able to do all these things, and maybe in a different season I will.
What I Am
1. A Planner
I like to have a plan, a structured routine, to help me make the most of my days and week. I’ve shared with you before about how I created my routine to make the most of my time. I also love making lists and crossing things off (I’m a severe Type-A personality).
I love sitting down every month and filling in my blank calendar (I even use fancy pins and stickers to make it more festive!) I just like knowing what I’m doing and how I’m going to get there. When I have a plan, it makes me more productive and efficient with my time. I should also add that I married a planner too. You should see the rocking financial spreadsheets and calendars my husband makes. He pretty much puts me to shame! In our case opposites don’t attract!
2.A Bargain Hunter
This may seem like it’s in opposition from my earlier mention of not being an extreme couponer or shopper, but hear me out. I don’t have a lot of time to shop or clip and organize a lot of coupons, but I do like to hunt for a good deal. Who doesn’t like to save a little bit of money and make it stretch further?
When I know that I am going to be making a big purchase, I research the best deals. We recently bought a new laptop for me to use for my writing. I spent a fair amount to time researching for the best price for all the features that I needed.
When I do have time to shop for myself, usually the first place I stop is the clearance rack (most of my current wardrobe is made up of Target clearance pieces). I don’t like paying full price for things, so I like to plan ahead and research to make sure I’m getting the best deal possible.
3. An Aspiring Minimalist
It is my goal to make our lives more simpler, more intentional, and more inspired at home. I hate clutter, and just stuff in general. I look around my house and am amazed at all the stuff we have accumulated in the past several years, most of it we don’t touch very often either!
Lately nothing makes me more happier than taking a box and filling it up with stuff to donate. Back when I was pregnant with both babies, I went through an extreme nesting period when I was cleaning out every cabinet, shelf, closet, and drawer in our house. My mom joked that we wouldn’t have anything left if I got pregnant again! I still feel like we have too much stuff. So I’m on a mission to find ways to reduce the clutter and live on less for good. Any suggestions?
4. A Lover of Words
If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few weeks you know how much I love to read and write. And if you’re new, let me tell you that I love to read and write. I really don’t feel like I need to expand more on that anymore! 🙂
5. A Creative Home Keeper
I may not be a Martha Stewart cleaner, crafter, or baker, but I take my role as a keeper of the home very seriously.
I love my husband and adore my kids. I want to create the type of environment at home where they can feel peace, well rested, and safe. I’m always looking for ways to add a warm touch to our home either through a scented candle flickering, soft music playing in the background, warm cookies cooking in the oven, or just the floor picked up from Cheerios!
I’ve explained before what I believe to be a Creative Home Keeper. I’m not perfect (far from it) but there so many things that I can do at home to bless my family, and I’m happy that I get to share many of them with you too!
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