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Friday, September 5, 2014

surrounded and overhwhelmed

Yesterday as I sat surrounded by all of my new auction finds I looked around, thought about all I needed to do, thought about all that I wasn't getting done, and knew that I was overwhelmed. Too tired to even take out my phone and take a photo of it. 

I have so much to do, I am definitely wearing too many hats, and through it all I am feeling like the grumpy child, alone in the backseat of the van. 


You may know that feeling. While you are sitting back there, it seems as if everyone else is up front having a party. So you have a little pity party of your own. My Etsy shop seems to have hit a plateau. I can't seem to increase my sales. My booth isn't doing as well as I had hoped. My blog isn't generating as much income as I want. I don't have enough time to promote on social media as I want...............my sister has just been diagnosed with a super bug that she apparently got from taking an antibiotic and this is definitely not one of those times I can say NO. I have to help her.


So I am taking a deep breath. I am making a list like my dad always told me to do. I am sitting down and prioritizing. I am figuring out how to use my time better without beating myself up. And through it all I promise myself to stop and just enjoy the moment as I walk down this path called life.


Because having the most followers on Pinterest, or Facebook, or Instagram isn't what I am going to remember at the end of my life. What I will remember are the moments with my family, the times of enjoyment I felt, the little things. 



Most of all I am going to remember the love. Those simple and spontaneous times of pure affection. Yep, I think I can relax now. I'm definitely getting my priorities in order.

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  1. Thanks Laura - and exactly how I feel right now too. I'm sort of discouraged on a lot of fronts, overwhelmed by several medical issues, depressed about a financial situation and just tired in general. Some days I just wish we'd get a break like some people always seem to. Looks like I'm having my own pity party today. Ugh. Sending you a cyber hug and a cup of coffee. :-)

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    1. Sorry to hear that you are having a hard time right now, Kim. I think when we have medical problems it tends to intensify everything else. I often wonder why some of us seem to have more burdens than others, but then I know that there is a reason. I also know that we have a wonderful and supportive community here. I am grateful for it every day. Feel better, my friend.

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  2. Oh Laura, I know that feeling all to well. Yesterday I felt overwhelmed and couldn't quite put my finger on it. So a few deep breathes, a few chores completed and today I'm feeling much better. Priorities! It is the way to cope with too many things to do! Hugs to you and hoping your Sister is better soon.

    Linda

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    1. I went to an auction last night, sat with a couple of friends and just laughed for a couple of hours. It was good therapy. Now today I will knuckle down on my list. Glad you are feeling less overwhelmed, Linda and thanks for the well wishes for my sister.

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  3. Yep.... I'm with you. Wishing the best for your sister. Sending a prayer and a hug for all. blessings ~ tanna

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  4. I'm sorry that things are overwhelming right now for you. I hope that you can manage to find a way through and work it all out. Making a list is a great idea, then you can see what really needs doing and prioritise it. I hope that your sister gets better soon as well. Take care of yourself. xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy. My sister seemed to be a bit better last night. She was excited to add some baked chicken to her diet :)

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  5. Loving on my babies always makes everything better. You are understood lady! Understood!

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    1. Loving on our babies is the best medicine ever. I am going to get my Skype set up this weekend so I can read to them like they asked. I went and got the book they they wanted so not I will be able to spend some time with them even though we are miles apart. :)

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  6. Sure hope your sister gets better. So wonderful that you can help. Are those cuties her children. I'm not sure the economy is that great right now. Maybe it will pick up soon. Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Debby. She seems to be better. Super bugs are pretty scary. Fall is coming so it is usually a better selling season. :)

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  7. Love is by far the most important, sometimes we need to take status and remind ourselves though. Blessings, Pam xx

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    1. It is the most important, Pam. We sometimes do forget that the rest does not really matter. hugs.

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  8. Laura, it's so easy sometimes to get caught up in things that seem so important but that aren't at all! I've definitely struggled with that. But it sounds like you have the right attitude, and are focusing on the things that really matter! Keep a heart of gratitude, and know that you aren't alone! :)
    Susan

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  9. Thanks, Susan. I was just sitting here thinking of the things I am grateful for. One of those things is my village of friends here in blogland. Always so supportive :)

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