Fact: I was a horrible student.
I am a BIG procrastinator. When I don’t want to face something unpleasant, I will put it off until the last possible second. Inevitably, this leads to me becoming one big ball of STRESS and freaking out to get it done. In college, I would wait until the night before to write a term paper, drinking cup after cup of coffee and watching the sun rise, rushing to the professor’s office by the last possible turn-in time. The problem? I’d get a good grade. So the cycle perpetuated itself.
I’ve been a major slacker here in Blogland, too. And the Type A side of me has been feeling bad about it. Remember that little Photo-a-Day Challenge I’ve been participating in for a few months? After my back-to-back trips, I got so far behind on the list for August that I had sort of resigned to giving up and starting over in September. FAIL.
Oh, and my Life List? I was on a roll there for awhile, crossing things off and patting myself on the back for my motivation. Now I feel like the list is sitting there, getting dusty, ignored. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I gave a long period of time to achieve those goals that’s making me take my time. Or maybe I’m lazy. FAIL.
But you know what? The word “FAIL” doesn’t really work on this blog.
The Usual Bliss is about finding happiness in all things, every part of life. Being content with whatever is happening around me. Keeping a healthy, positive perspective- even when things aren’t ideal.
Remembering that totally motivated me, you guys. Isn’t the blogosphere cool like that?!
I decided to pick up where I left off on the Photo-a-Day Challenge, and post photos I like that match the prompt. Sure, it might not follow the ‘daily’ part of the challenge, but it will be fun to choose the photos and share them. And today begins another month, with a new list! Check out September’s list here (and after this weekend, check back for my version of August’s photos).
Then I looked over my Life List. I have achieved more than I thought lately. I’ve been happily keeping up with my “one new recipe a week” commitment- as well as Meatless Monday.
On our trip to California, we hit the Outside Lands Music Festival– so that’s # 67. Check! That night, we saw Beck, the Foo Fighters, and my beloved Neil Young play live, so that checks off a few letters of the alphabet for #99.
We just had the best group camping trip ever, trailers included- #63 CHECK!
I’ve been reading away, adding books to my completed list (#79). I just picked up some new books- YAY! Reaching my goal of 20 is not going to take long!
And my favorite… during our landscaping extravaganza, brought home a lovely tree from the nursery. We designated this tree as “our” tree, the one we’ll remember from the year we got married to watch grow over the years. I don’t know what kind of tree it is, but it’s droopy in a good way and has beautiful rose-colored blossoms in springtime. We planted it at the edge of the grassy part of our yard so we could picnic under it and see it from our living room. Pretty little thing. #54- CHECK.
There are so many fun things ahead in the next couple of months. I want to enjoy all of it, laughing as I go, remembering that every day is a gift, stay
Have a blissful weekend!