I totally stole this from A Beautiful Mess, but they said we could, so I don’t feel as bad. So, here’s mine:
Now, an explanation:
1) I spend time with my kids as often as I can, just doing little things. I make sure to get down on the floor and play with Ninja every day. I go out of my way to have conversations with ArtistChild about things other than chores, homework, and her most recent trouble-causing antics (She’s seven. If you have a daughter who is younger than 5, may the stars bless you…something happens in second grade that causes little girls to turn into mini-teenagers overnight). Even with this, I’m still lacking in the cuddles department. We spend so much time on ArtistChidl’s homework at night that I’ve had to move her bedtime back. It’s routine, routine, routine, then bedtime. Even if I have to get in the bed with her, I will get my mommy cuddles.
2) I can’t cook. I’m slowly learning and picking up new things, but it’s a process. VagabondHusband and ArtistChild love to cook, and Ninja is always in the kitchen getting into something. VagabondHusband and I already cook together fairly often, but I’d love to make it more of a routine. I want to cook with my family rather than for my family. If I’m brave, I may even get all four kiddos in the kitchen on visitation weekends. (Be forewarned: there will be pictures, if this happens…and possibly some hilarious disaster stories).
3) I wanted to use ‘learn photoshop’. Then, I thought, ‘No, I really need to start painting and drawing more often’. Then, I caught sight of the stack of sheets and pillowcases in the corner and realized that I really need to get to work on these projects. So I compiled it – ‘Paint.Sew.Create’. Because, in reality, it doesn’t matter what I’m doing as long as I’m creating, learning, and developing as an artist and crafty person.
4) This one is über important to me. I’ve mentioned before that I have extreme public-speaking induced anxiety that includes classroom settings. As you may know, I’m a full-time college student in discussion based philosophy courses and a foreign language. I have to speak. While my professors have been unbelievably cooperative and understanding, because I can express my thoughts well via essay, I really think I should do more than just expand my knowledge while I’m in college – I should also develop as a person. I’m going to speak in class. I have to. Today, I promised my favorite professor I would start doing so on Tuesday.