Not Counting in October


First of all, I want to express how thankful I am for our guest blog posts this month- thank you,  Lexie! It was really nice to take a backseat and listen to someone else’s resolution and ideas- and I think Lexie did such a beautiful job. This blog is always available for more guest blogging, so let me know if you’re interested.
This week I started thinking about what I was going to do for my October resolution and my first thought was to do a resolution about eating out on a budget (since we are in the midst of remodeling our kitchen and have to eat out practically every meal)– and then yesterday happened. Yesterday was filled with several disappointments, which I knew would happen with these home projects, but it was hard for me to regain perspective.  I might blog a bit about some of the tools we’re using to eat out as inexpensively as I can, but I felt that I needed something more,  something deeper.

I remembered an article I read in an August 2011 of Real Simple about how the author counted things in life, sometimes obsessively, and often lost perspective along the way.  I completely related to the article, quantifying my world in ways that didn’t add to my happiness.   I’ve counted calories, numbers on the scale, minutes left until I’m late, hours of TV my daughter has watched, hours of TV I’ve watched, hours of sleep I missed, books I’ve planned to read (yes, I even spreadsheet for this!), minutes spent writing, months spent not writing, blog posts to write, blog posts to read, number of people reading this blog each day, money I’m owed, money wasted, years gone by.

I love routine.  I love being organized and putting things in order.  I love making spreadsheets.  I love keeping track of things.  However, this month I aim to embrace the chaos and stop counting the items on my to do list, the time left in my pregnancy, the days/weeks left on the remodeling project, the cost of eating out, the cost of each remodeling decision, etc.  Instead I’m going to try to remember the things that really count.

Does anyone else count things in unmeaningful ways (and care to join me in this resolution)? 3, 2,1…go!


3 responses »

  1. Yes, I’m so with you. My life is filled with mental and actual lists and tallies of all the things I have to do and all the things I know I should do; often at the expense of enjoying the things I am doing and the people I am sharing them with. Thank you for the reminder to put things in perspective.

    I am thinking of you guys as you tackle this renovation project.

  2. Love your post! I do counting sometimes, but I think I’ve gotten too far away from it. As you embrace the chaos, I’m going to get a little more spreadheety. I’m inspired by how well ordered your life is, even as I support you letting go of some of it this month.

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