I’m thrilled to join Ali Edwards for this year’s Week in the Life. I do these every year, and I so look forward to this project. It’s fun to look back on the year’s past. And it’s fun to look back after a week of documenting because I always learn something about myself, about our routines, about our patterns, about how really, truly, I do get a lot done in a day (even thought it doesn’t always feel that way).
Looking back over my past week in the life projects, I’m baffled at how life looks so different year to year. Truly, the days are long but the years are short. Some members of my family weren’t even here last year (re: Thomas!). It’s amazing the different a year makes.
This project forces me to look at my life with fresh eyes, something I’ve been doing a lot of recently. It’s so easy to get frustrated because I have little kids and every little task feels like it results in tantrums and crying and frustration. And that’s just over putting on socks!
But, really, truly examining my days shows me just how full they are, in the best of ways. Now, I’m not Pollyanna. But, in the moments of frustration, I often think, these are the days. Before I know it, my house will go from loud and full to empty and quiet. And that will be bittersweet. Sweet for my eardrums. But bitter for my heart. Maybe that seems like a downer. But, for me, it’s a gentle reminder to lean into these days. Because it won’t be like this for long.
So, here’s to a week in the life! I hope you join in. If you’re thinking, oh, my life’s boring, who would want to know about it….blah blah blah. I’m going to smack you upside the head and say, of course you’re life is worth documenting! Everyone’s is! So if you want to do it, do it!