Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Overwhelmed sometimes

Sometimes I get so completely overwhelmed with the projects and to do lists I have around the house.  Wanting to do every project on my list in one week.  Trying to do every project I see on these wonderful blogs.  Am I talking to myself here, or do you all get this same feeling?  When feeling this way I try to remember why I do these projects.  Why I read these blogs.  REASON BEING:  I love to decorate.  I love seeing what beautiful things you girls have made.  I love to make a project out of as little money as possible...and I love the challenge.  It all relaxes me.  So why am I getting overwhelmed?  Because I want, I want, I want!  I want my little house, my little life to be in perfect order all the time.  But that's not real life.  Real life isn't perfect all the time.  Houses get messy, laundry piles up, and projects go undone.  I am trying to learn to enjoy these interruptions in life and look at my house as loved and lived in.  Instead of letting it stress me out that I have tons of things on my to do list, I am trying to enjoy the ride.  The Lord has given MR.P and I so much to be thankful for.  I just need to slow down and pay attention to the things HE is teaching me and all HE has blessed us with.  PLUS, our friends need to see the real us.  They need to see that no one's house is clean ALL THE TIME!!! 

Just a little story.  A sweet and dear friend came over the other day.  The house was a mess.  Our bed wasn't made.  The laundry was on the love seat (its favorite place).  Oh and the dishes hadn't been put in the dishwasher.  I have a full time job and so does MR.P so these things go undone sometimes:)  She told me later that it was so refreshing to come into my house while it was a mess.  It made her feel normal.  Her telling me that made me feel normal too!! 

God has blessed me with some really sweet friends.  I love these girls.  I just wish they lived closer.  I pray that distance will only strengthen my friendship with these girls and that we will encourage each other in our relationships with the Lord and our husbands.

Later on, you might get lucky enough to see pics of our messy, lived in, and loved house :)  In the meantime...here's the outside!


Gift-Ink said...

Our upstairs has been a complete disaster for months! :) Everyone always thinks our house is clean but thats only because I know they are coming over...and because no one goes upstairs :)

Ms. Bright said...

You are SO not alone in these feelings. Believe me, I'm guilty of the "now, now, now" syndrome. I love design and decorating and project-ing. It's tough to make myself realize that it can't all be done at once...if ever! I often start to flip out when my life starts feeling 'too messy'. I just have to take a deep breath, say a prayer and remember how blessed I already am! {and I miss my friends, too...we're all spread out!}

lauren elizabeth said...

Beth! I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. We are friends who missed each other at UGA. I was roomates with Gail and if I am correct you lived with Camille? I read your blog everyday so I thought I should post! I'm sure I stumbled on it from a mutual friend.

I have a blog, something new everyday for my 25th year, sadly I never finished, so yes I understand feeling overwhelmed! I'm going to update it to include my new decorating projects and cooking that I love!

Just wanted to say hey and you are such an inspiration. I just got married this Summer and I am loving decorating our home. Thanks for blogging! Oh and I too love diet coke, big families, my Iphone calendar, being organized,own all 10 seasons of Friends, and despise putting away laundry :) I think we would be long lost friends.

Sorry for the long post! I hope to update my blog soon but until then I will enjoy reading others :)


Shorely Chic said...

I loved that post - very real and refreshing to read!! I am the same exact way with my home - except for now, my boyfriend and I are in an apartment waiting for some things (left hand) to happen :)

your blog is so great, and you inspired me to talk a little bit more about the reality of life in my blog - thanks for that!

abby said...

great talking with you today about blogs and projects!!

p.s. i went to bed a with a sink full of dirty dishes and a dishwasher full of clean dishes last night. i opted for extra sleep over putting all the dishes away. i hate having dishes in the sink but sometimes i have to remind myself that it's ok not to have the "perfect" house all the time. {or ever}

p.s.s. blog comments do rock!

Carter Nitty Gritty said...

I too, hate when my house is messy when others come over. I am critical of myself in that way. Yet, if I go to somebodies elses house and it is messy, I do not judge them.

Did you purchase you house brand new?

Design A-Peele said...

@ carter nitty gritty we did not purchase the house brand new. It's actually 9 years old. We just baught in in April of this year :)

Beach House Living said...

Found your post via Shorely Chic who I follow. I've had a post sitting in draft mode thinking these same things...Couldn't have said it better. Thank you Thank you for the courage to finally getting around to posting it.

Design A-Peele said...

@beach house living You are so welcome. I think blogs can be so glamorous (thats why we love them) yet make us feel so inferior. I'd love to check out your blog, but your profile wasn't available. Let me know how to check it out!