Here's the list of what I'm supposedly doing right now:
- Easing back into Paleo eating - this week, no sugar. Failed miserably thanks to Halloween.
- Meal planning and actual cooking (as opposed to eating out or heating up Frozen Things.)
- 30 Days of Thankful mini-scrapbook album
- Cut It Out Silhouette online crafty class at Studio Calico
- Project Life
- Finishing the mini-scrapbook of T and my trip to Portland in July
- Setting up the class photo sharing site for T's preschool
- Staying on top of laundry (how does one tiny person generate so much?!)
- Setting up my December Daily mini scrapbook album once the kit shows up mid-month
- Crafty projects for Christmas gifts (calendars, photobooks, M's birth announcement)
- Sending out holiday cards (end of month)
- Understanding and enrolling in my health insurance plan for next year
- Creating and submitting some cards and scrapbook layouts for publications
- Submitting an application or two for crafty "creative teams"
- Selling craft supplies I'm no longer using online
- Making pet ID tags for a few repeat Etsy customers who requested them
It sounds insane when I spell it out, doesn't it? So I'm likely to ditch NaBloPoMo and slow the clock WAY down on the non-time-sensitive crafty projects. I'll probably save 2012's photo book for January.
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I've made great progress on the Portland trip mini album - the whole album is assembled and my photos are printed, and everything is together in one box. It can rest while I complete some of these other things.
I can't ever seem to get it together in time to make stuff for craft magazine publication calls. I think I have so many projects going, that making cards specifically for the themes requested is way, way down on the list. I might need to let this one go. Same for applying to "creative teams", which is basically free labor. Companies send you free stuff, and in exchange, you make projects with them and tout their wares. Sounds like a lot of fun, but it's work with specific deadlines.
What I need to make a priority is my health. I'm one of those lucky people who loses weight relatively easily while breastfeeding, so if I can harness that chi and combine it with eating right for my body (which is definitely Paleo), I think I can get things under control without having to commit to a major exercise program or restricted diet.
Now that T is older, I'm also starting to realize the importance of setting a good example. We tell her she can only have one "treat food" a day, so it doesn't make sense for her to see us chowing down on candy bars and soda multiple times.
I spend NO time on meal planning - we just shop a couple of times a week and put together meals from what we have so it's often very random. And then there are MANY times where none of it sounds good so we end up going out. I need more of a plan, and more stuff prepared ahead of time. Now that it's fall, I can start using the crockpot again - making a batch of oatmeal weekly has been working quite well. Not rocket science, but it requires dedicated time.
So while I should be the proud owner of an "I'd rather be crafting" bumper sticker, I do need to cut back on all the open projects. Right now it's just going to be 30 Days of Thankful, and Project Life since they're time sensitive and I've made great progress on both.
Priorities. I'd love your take on this. What do you think is important, and what should go?