I’ve had one of those weeks.
A week when my big boys were gone for the week, and I had such HUGE plans; so many tasks and projects I wanted to get done. Goals, dreams, and a wonderful “to do” list were at the forefront of my mind, with the time to actually get those very things done, but I didn’t….
I didn’t do them. I barely touched my list, but I wanted to. I really did.
It was a ” I wanna WANT to” week. So many things I really wanted to do, but obviously not enough.
I wanted to WANT to start the 30 Day Shred again. I wanted to WANT to make better eating choices. I wanted to WANT to deep clean my house. I wanted to WANT to organize my closets. I wanted to WANT to paint my great room walls.
There are so many things I wanna want to do. Things I want to stop just talking about, and get down to the business of doing them. Yes, disciplining myself to do the hard stuff.
Some of you know exactly what I am talking about, don’t you?
You might wanna want to get control of your budget and get out of debt, but it’s just so much work. You wanna want to start couponing, but it’s just so time consuming. You wanna want to start meal planning, but you don’t know where to start. You wanna want to be more intentional with your family time, but sometimes it’s easier to just make it through the day.
For me, it’s come down to the honest question of, “Just how much do I really want it?”
What is standing in my way? Is it my lack of goal setting or lack of discipline? Failure to plan? Or maybe it’s just wanting a rest?
I figure what better way to hold myself accountable than with you all?
There are a few things that I really want to accomplish, and be held accountable on this summer.
First, I really need to start exercising regularly again. I’ve gotten the “blogger butt” syndrome as some of us call it, and it really does affect many aspects of my life while my weight loss roller coaster continues.
I also have four pieces of furniture that need to be painted, and I just need to do it. Yes, not a life changing revelation, but something I have procrastinated on for too long.
I have closets that MUST be organized. They are overflowing and just need a day or two of work to accomplish that. Again, a simple task, but one that just needs to be done; not looked at over and over, and certainly not just talked about.
Lastly, it’s been over a year since I have done my Pantry Challenge, and I will be starting that “no shopping” challenge again in July, if you care to join me. It will be a great way to hold myself accountable in using up our fresh produce, as well as eating through some of my overly stocked pantry items that need to be rotated. This is always a fun challenge for me, so I invite you to save some extra money along with me.
So, is there anything you WANNA WANT to do, but just haven’t made it happen?
Maybe we can encourage each other along the way, since we are all in this journey together.
I’ve had one of those weeks.
I’ve been in that zone for several weeks now. All my kids were at different camps last week so I was in the same position you were! I think I’ll join your July pantry challenge – I have too many cans of tomatoes and too much rice…..
Ohhh, my!! Your list of “wanna want to” items sounds so much like my own. I’m glad tomorrow is Monday — I need to get busy and I am ready to begin!
I wasn’t sure of the specifics of the pantry challenge so I clicked back to your original post and I am in! I’m not sure if I can go the whole month but I am ready to try. I do this from time to time for a two week period and I think our meals during that time are actually more creative and still tasty!
Oh yeah, same here. Of course, the heat might have something to do with my “want to” getting up and leaving. It’s been 110 deg. the last two days and nothing under 100 forcast for the next week. So, all my projects right now revolve around taking the kids to the “Y” to swim everyday. I love living in Texas, but COME ON!!!! Anyway, hoping to get a garage sale desk painted for my 12 yr old after we get back from church camp. Hang in there, it’s going to get better!!
It’s been on my heart the last few days to pray about being more intentional. That’s what I want to want to do.
This blog post is at least the fourth way in which God is prompting my heart to be disciplined in seeking after Him with a daily, first thing in the morning quiet time. I need Him to show me how to accomplish it in the midst of family life. He is faithful. Kelly
What a great way of looking at it. I was wondering why I wasn’t getting more done this summer, aside from fatigue that has hit me hard.
I wanna want to:
-paint my living room and kitchen
-strip my kitchen cabinets
-organize and decorate my office
-write an e-book or two or three
-lose 15 pounds
Oh, this is depressing so that’s all I’ll put on my list for now!
Oh, my. This is exactly how I’ve been feeling. I just didn’t have the words…until now! I wanna want to finish our house projects, weed the garden, go to Zumba class (for the first time in much too long), menu plan for upcoming company and do the vacation laundry. Sigh. I need to be intentional, too! Thanks for being so honest and encouraging me to get going, too. At least, I’m going to try…
I needed to read this today…thank you!!! I wanna want to do all of the above and MORE!! I’m in a slump…ugh!!!
I’m sooooo in the same place. The best way for me to get any of my “wanna want to” things done is call my mom. She’s only 35 minutes away and comes up whenever she can. Last week, we got the old, dusty, allergy ridden carpet out of the master bedroom. I can’t get motivated to do these things on my own. So find someone to be your motivation. Plus it’s alway more fun with someone. I’m not saying that I always get mine done, but that’s the way I get the majority of it done. Now for this week, painting that bedroom, finishing removing the wallpaper & glue from the master bath and painting it (a whole lot more needs to be done there, but that’s in the “BIG Wanna Want To” pile), getting the purple walls in another bedroom painted, …………
Jen, thanks for the encouragement you are to us. You are a blessing in more ways than you can imagine.
PS – so happy about David’s Friday night at Mars Hill
My I wanna WANT to is go through my son’s toys. The child has way too many and a lot that are broken, not played with or not age appropriate anymore. I really need to do that. I’m sure there is a lot more….
Sounds all too familiar. But this summer, I do believe that the Lord is wanting me to focus on being in the moment…not to let those little opportunities to care for people pass me by. But saying ‘yes’ to those opportunities almost always means saying ‘no’ to my list of t-do’s! And I’ve got to tell you, my ‘Wanna Want’ list is nearly identical to yours! I am asking Him to show me His ways and teach me His paths. They are so foreign to me! Thank you for your blog. I LOVE the way you communicate, girl!
I wanna want to exercise. But I don’t. ‘Nuff said.
Oh boy! You pretty much summed up my life! However, your post was so encouraging because it helped me realize that I am not the only person that struggles in these areas. I needed this today! I wanna take a nap and forget about all the loose ends. Thanks for encouraging me to keep pluggin’ away!
This article was exactly what I needed to read today! I think God is trying to tell me something=) I am glad that I am not the only person that feels like this!!
Ha ha! Blogger Butt (falling out of chair).
OK, this may not help — Summer is here. Enjoy your children, accompish the tasks that will bring peace to your mind, and then get that blogger’s butt out to do some fun stuff with your kids (or alone with your thoughts), like hike in your woods , or try some healthy new recipes with the largesse from your garden. Don’t be so hard on yourself. What will really matter in 5 years? 10?
You make the “no shopping” thing seem like a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll give it a try, too.
Reading your blog today made me smile because that has been exactly my plight too! I look at blogs each day and wonder how everyone out there seems to have it all together… and I don’t!! It is nice to know that you are just like me!! Well, my son is off on a three week adventure and I have PLANS….