Rather than stress about the packers coming, I have to stress about them coming TWICE, and planning a shipment of 25% of our stuff to live on for two years and 75% of stuff I can't get to for two years. Oh my. I'm nervous about it. I have lists everywhere I look. On my phone, on my iPad, on a piece of paper stuck to the fridge, on a 3x5 card in my purse. Everywhere I look is stuff to do, and I just cannot motivate myself to get started. If I start organizing, the packers will come. If the packers come, we will move! Silly to think of it that way but I do, and it pushes this lifelong procrastinator to the edge.
Why do we tell ourselves we can only do projects on the weekends?
Because we don't want to do them. :)
When I feel motivationally challenged, I look to a handful of people to push me to moving and eventually to completing my goal.
1. My hub. I start telling him my thoughts and plans and he looks at me clearly and says "You do know that all that has to happen in a week right? We need to get started." And he does. He pulls out the first suitcase to pack, or the first box to unpack, and then I find myself competitively inspired to do more.
2. My kiddos. When I look at them, I realize that they are who I'm doing things for. I don't want to vacuum, but I also don't want Liam to find a dust bunny and think it's cotton candy. I do it all for them. If I can't push through the things I want to avoid, how will they ever?
3. My Mom. If I call Mom and say that I really need to do something but don't know where to start, she always calls me out... lovingly. She reminds me that I will never finish if I don't start. Duh. But I need to hear it. Every. Time.
4. My friends and other military spouses. I am constantly amazed and inspired by my fellow military spouses. When I feel overwhelmed, I see my friends dealing with synchronized vomiting children while their husbands are deployed and they are in a foreign country alone. I see them packing out their house with a newborn strapped to their chest. I am also inspired by my friends. I have a dear high school friend who has had a tough, tough year. He's getting divorced, he lost his job, he has had moments of being overwhelmed, but every day he gets up and gets at it. He is creative and funny, and works hard daily to see the positive in his situation. If he can wake up every morning and work to build a new life for himself, surely I can organize my thoughts, lists, and life so that we can get this move going.
What's your inspiration? Friends? Family? Kiddos? Chocolate? ;)
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