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Monday, October 17, 2011

Camping and My All or Nothing Mentality

We went camping this weekend to Tyler State Park.  Yes, it was still warm enough to swim.  Had I known that before I left, I would have packed swimwear.  They were just fine to swim in their clothes, though.  Anyway, I love taking trips like this for so many reasons but especially because being away from the hussle and bussle of everyday living allows me to think about my life from a larger perspective. 

One thing I was thinking of was how for us recovering perfectionists, the all-or-nothing mentality is so difficult to overcome.  I really wonder if I will ever get over it completely and find balance or if I'm just designed to be this way permanently.  Michael and I were laughing because just the other day my bil had said that he wasn't going to blog anymore, so I commented that it didn't need to be all or nothing.  Michael noted my hypocrisy since I even said that I was going quit once.  But that was one little battle that I won - learning that blogging didn't need to be all or nothing.  
Michael is going to be going on a business trip to Prague in January, and we were going to try to swing it to where I could go with him (on our dime, of course).  So we had talked about being gone two weeks (although he'd only be working one of those weeks), taking weekend trips to Germany and Austria, and just making a big deal out of it.  Well, it didn't work out because we couldn't find anyone to watch the kids for that long, so we just gave up on the idea.  I was sad because I've never been and because Michael and I really need some time away from the kids.

So instead of being all or nothing, we decided to lessen the scope of our trip, staying just 7 days, and only visiting Prague (I hear there's plenty to keep my occupied there while Michael's working - he's only going to be able to have fun after long work hours).  I'm super excited about that.
So that's where I'm at - noting the ways in which I'm out of balance and trying to adjust.  It takes some realigning of my mindset, but it's a good thing.  I think I'll find more happiness, contentment, and peace that way.  Are there any areas of your life that you're trying to find balance in?      

9 comments :

  1. Prague is my favorite city in Eastern Europe and there is plenty for you to do there.

    I too have the perfection mentality with the all or nothing. It is something I fight on a daily basis. If I can't do it perfectly I don't want to do it at all. However, since I started looking at where it showed up and recognising it, I have had a bit more freedom from the whole perfect thing. And it is so much more fun when I don't have to be perfect.

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  2. "And it is so much more fun when I don't have to be perfect."

    --You are so right, Zoe!!!! And recognizing it is certainly the key; you're right. Thanks for chiming in!! I appreciate it! Us recovering perfectionists need to stick together. ;)

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  3. All or nothing...ain't it terrible?

    Sometimes it works in my favor (like diets) and sometimes not (like not being on a diet).

    You are right about balance. It's not easy and I applaud your efforts in this regard.

    I'm working on that myself.

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  4. Loved the blog Annie! Thank you for writing! It is always encouraging!
    Paige

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  5. What a good post, enjoy Prague. I needed to hear that it doesn't have to be all or nothing.

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  6. Annie,
    Thanks for sharing pictures of the boys. I always love seeing them -- they are just precious.
    Linda

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  7. Looks fun, glad you guys had a good time!

    Adam

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  8. Balance...hmmm. yes, I could use a lot of that right now. I am however, grateful and blessed to know that I don't have to be all things to all people...it took me such a long time to realize that and talk about my balance being way off! I'm am no longer the "yes" girl, I am the "maybe, if it works out" girl.
    I am now just happy to take things a day at a time and know that it really doesn't have to be all or nothing....and some days it really is okay just to do nothing!

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  9. Oh...and I am so excited about your trip to Prague! Time away with your hubby (even if he is working) will be so great...and I can't wait to see pics so I can pretend I was there too!

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