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Compared to this time last year, my life has completely turned around.  I had a baby at the end of July.  In September I cleaned out all of the cupboards and donated anything that was processed to the food bank.  Ever since then we have been following a whole foods diet.  I started shopping at the Meridian Farmer’s Market this summer and can’t believe the difference between farm fresh and store bought produce.  I really shouldn’t be surprised… my parents always had a garden when I was growing up.  But back then I thought I didn’t like vegetables… if only I had known.

So anyway, I was talking about the whole foods diet.  I love it.  But it’s crazy.  Not in the, you can only eat 8 bananas today, but tomorrow you can have string beans and plain rice kind of way.  But in the, OMG I can’t believe the garbage they put in our food kind of way.  To circumvent this, you pretty much have to make everything from scratch.  Every.  Thing.  So I bake bread.  And make granola.  And salad dressing.  And pickles.  And come up with all kinds of other ways to eat real food without having it served up the same way every day.  The point is it takes up a lot more time than just buying all that stuff.  I’ll probably post more about this in the future, but if you’re interested, you can check out 100 Days of Real Food.  I get a lot of my recipes and ideas from her.

In October I officially launched this blog.  I have three clients (more to come on that soon!).  I’m still working the day job.  And I have a ten year old bonus daughter, and a 2.5 year old.  Let me just sum that up for you.

  • 4 month old
  • 2.5 year old
  • 10 year old
  • Whole Foods
  • Blog
  • Clients
  • Day Job

I now realize why they call it hustlin’.  Things are starting to settle a little bit as I get more into the routine of our diet.  And, Zoey is starting to show signs of sleeping through the night.  Over time these things won’t even seem like effort, but for now, it still feels like a lot of work.

So anyway, the last couple of weeks I’ve really been burnt out.  I find my mind wandering and can’t commit to one project at a time.  Remember last week’s post about Laundry Mountain?  Yeah, that’s my bedroom floor.  I even missed an event I was looking forward to, and stood up a friend in the process just because I totally forgot… even though it was on my calendar.  And she texted me an hour before it started.  And I had an alarm set.

When I finally stepped out of myself long enough to figure out what was going on, I felt like a complete idiot.  I had done exactly the opposite of what I tell my clients.  Instead of just trying to do one thing, one step at a time – I decided to do everything, all at once.  Smooth.  I’m lucky I didn’t cook us up a diaper for dinner and wrap Zoey’s butt in a lettuce leaf.

The reason I’m telling you all this, is because trying to do everything all at once makes things a lot harder than they have to be.  You might be able to keep it up for a while, but sooner or later, you’re going to crash.

I whole-heartedly believe the best way to meet any goal is to break it up into bite size pieces and just start hacking away at it a little bit at a time.  Keep this in mind the next time you feel like you’re on the ground more than you’re on the wagon.  Assess the situation.  Rearrange.  Reprioritize.

And know that sometimes, you’re just going to do it all anyway.