Wednesday, April 13, 2011

L is for ...Lists...

    My life is full of lists.  My life would be a mess without lists.  Well, okay, maybe not a mess, but wow!  If I think I forget things now, I can only imagine what would happen without a list or two to keep me on track?
The truth is though, I love making lists.  Anyone else out there love to write lists?  I make the list in my head and then I find my favourite pen and my notebook and I start...Sometimes it is just groceries.  Sometimes it is a menu, or a list of the things I am hoping to make for that week.  I even made (as I am sure some of you did as well) a list of all the things that I wanted to blog about from A to Z.  I found that list today (on the back on an old notebook, underneath a Recreation schedule unde the passenger seat in the van) and realised that except for J and K, I had pretty much kept to the original list.
    Back in December, I made a list.  Not a gift list or a grocery list or a menu (well, I did make those too), but a list for the New Year.  Not resolutions, because I don't really believe in them specifically, it is too easy to waver and fall off and then forget about them.  I prefer to call it a list of promises to myself, that I wanted to keep for the entire year.  And in turn, from that list of promises, I then made a list of commitments for the month of January.  You see, many years ago, I realised something very important about myself.  Throughout my life, whenever I had made up my mind (and I mean really made up my mind, not just thoughts in passing) to do something and commited to it, it worked out eventually.   Not always as quickly as I would have liked, but it did come around to my turn eventually.  The saying "nothing good comes easily" is so true, but hard work and commitment makes it all the more sweet when it finally does work out.
    What does all of this have to do with a list?  Last summer, my husband asked me a question: "So, are you going to keep doing daycare until you retire or are you going to do something else before then?"  (and any of my daycare families who are reading this, need not worry as it won't effect you in the near future!).  I went back to our original plan that I would not be doing home daycare once our children reached high school.  I wanted them to feel comfortable bringing their friends home after school and not having to worry about the house being "full of babies and little kids".  However, I did know that I still wanted to be home when they arrived after school and to be available for driving to soccer games and skating practices and such.  The other thing: I really like being my own boss and working from home.

    So, in December, I made my list.  All the things that I need to do before June 2013 so that I can be working from home, and making enough money that we can stop doing Daycare.
One of those things was start a blog.  I have done a little bit of copy work, and a little bit of English/French translation and a little bit of menu/meal planning, and after doing some research into getting paid to write, I realised that the first thing I could do (that wouldn't cost me any money) was start writing a blog.  This would help to accomplish a number of things: get me back into writing every day (or almost), put my writing out there for folks to see, and help me to organize my writing.
    There are still a whole lot of things on the list but there are still many days left until June 2013.
So here is my chance to say to you, thank you for reading!  Thank you for following!  And thank you for your support!  I had never dreamed when I was making my list, that blogging would bring so much brightness into my already pretty sweet world.  Or that I would find so many warm and talented people out there happy to share some of themselves with me (and so many others!), and to read what I write!

Happy Packing to all of you!  Thanks for stopping by!

Another A to Z blogger to check out: Learning Contentment


  1. I have lists all over the house (although I tend to forget where they are sometimes). It always gives me a great deal of satisfaction to cross something off, especially if it's on the Spring Cleaning List. :) Good choice for L day.

  2. Oh yes, one thing can lead to another, and before you know it, you have a life choice all neatly arranged in front of you. Good luck.

  3. Enjoyed your lists. From a fellow A to Z Challenger and list maker.

  4. Yes I am a lister too! I can get a little listy sometimes! It annoys my husband but it works for dinner- I just tell him to look at the list and he will know what is for dinner tonight! I came over from Peas and Crayons- feel free to link up a recipe for my Workshop Wednesday @ goobyecityhellosuburbs


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