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mini-resolution: to work better, play more

by Meagan Francis on January 31, 2012

Anyone ever notice that sometimes, the longer you stare at a blank computer screen trying to conjure up the perfect blog post, or the harder you try to force yourself to tackle that pile of dishes, or the more you keep telling yourself you really must run three miles before breakfast…well, the harder it can feel to do those things?

I’m guilty of sometimes forgetting that my life does go beyond home, work, and family – and that sometimes, to be effective as a mother and writer and homemaker and all those other things, I have to indulge my creative side. I’m not talking about my “inner child” – she gets plenty of exercise playing tea party and talking about Skylanders these days – but my inner creative grown-up, the one who’s into books and music and great TV shows and goes to the movies and once in a while, wanders around a museum alone, just to discover something for herself.

It’s easy to put that stuff off because it seems so…non-necessary. But I know that when I work that part of my brain – which has a tendency to get a little dusty – it reflects in everything else I do. The more I have to think about, the more I have to write about. The more interesting I am as a mom. The easier it is to deal with the not-so-creative parts of being an adult and running a household: the diapers, the dishes.

So today I made it my mini-resolution to play…like a grown-up. I listened to fun music (okay, it was Ice Cube) while I ran on the treadmill at the Y. I took some time to get lost in a book on my Kindle while Clara was napping, instead of cleaning the living room or returning emails. I went out for a drink and some great conversation with my brother this evening.

No matter how dedicated I am to my life’s work – both writing and motherhood – it can’t be all that I am. But when I invest even a little time in creativity and fun and entertainment, I always feel more energized about the things that are most important to me.

How about you? Have you taken time to indulge your creative, fun side lately?

Speaking of fun…anyone else totally obsessed with Downton Abbey?


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Magen February 1, 2012 at 2:52 am

It’s funny. It seems like it’s all or nothing for me. I am either crazy with writing, reading and playing…for days on end or I get trapped in the lets get things done mom/wife/maid :) role! Today I had to force myself to do a deep cleaning project that I have been putting off for a week while I have been goofing off. I guess it’s time to get back to work!


Janice February 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

I need to have more grown-up play too; I love painting and reading. The adult responsibilities become so boring and monotonous if I go too long without nurturing me. The non-urgent, non-necessary part of taking care of myself gets put on the back burner, but if I move it to the front, everyone is happier in my house!


Shannon @nwaMotherlode February 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I’ve been reading Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor and I’m so obsessed I can’t seem to NOT read! The dishes are piling up!


Jennifer Fink February 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

So THAT’S why I haven’t been willing or able to tackle the laundry basket that’s still full of Christmas ornaments!


grace February 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I’m finding this happening to me more and more lately…really hard to get motivated to be always doing something house/blog or day job related…so last night after the kiddo’s went to bed I took a long bubble bath while I sat my laptop on the toilet and watched “Grey’s Anatomy,” while I soaked. It was fantastic! =)


Steph@themindoeswander February 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

I have the first season of Downton Abbey on order from the library, and I can’t WAIT because everyone keeps telling me how fab it is.
I often wonder if I could make better use of my “work” time so that i would be able to really sink into playtime. Perhaps I could cut web surfing time out and then I would spend more time actually WORKING. It is the old problem… when I am playing I feel like I should be playing, and when I am working I wish I was playing!


Kristin February 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Okay…I just read this post. I couldn’t agree more. Mom’s need to do things they like doing on a regular basis. I just had to share this link to a post a wrote a few weeks ago.


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