Let me tell you what this picture is. I realize it's fuzzy. It's a day from my Google calendar this week when I scheduled both Ladies Night Out and my husband's birthday dinner for the exact same time. I didn't notice the double-booking for three weeks. As in, I didn't see the giant block of red for "busy" as I was adding the second agenda item directly on top of it. It's moments like this that make me nervous. What else might be slipping through the cracks (did I send my child to school? put on clean underwear? put on any underwear?).
I think the solution might be a blog. While on the one hand, starting this blog is one more task to stay on top of, it will be a good way to exorcise some swirly thoughts and create more space in my brain. And, let's face it, writing a blog is cheaper and more fun than therapy (unless you have blog-o-phobia).
As someone who sits in a home office much of the time alone, I think it will be good to chat a few times a week with someone other than Jillian, my orchid. She's lovely but I don't think she's up for it anymore. Her last flower fell off yesterday while I was being interviewed on the phone; I believe the responsibility of being my office-mate was too much for her (see pics below).
I hope you will speak up sometimes. I have never liked like how quiet Jillian is. It's creepy.
What can you expect from this blog? I'm certain it will have the same themes that pop up in all my endeavors: complicated things women are thinking but not saying aloud; life's little absurdities; the pressures of going against the grain, humbling moments that may as well be used for comedic value. Plus, you can count on stress-reducing, life-affirming strategies I pick up along the way from past research, new research, trial-and-error experiences in raising kids and creative projects, experts, and maybe you.
Speaking of you, how can you tell YOUR brain is on overload? And do you have any tricks for mind-clearing?
I am a journalist, filmmaker, author, wife, and mom to an 8-year-old daughter. My most recent project is I Love Mondays: And other confessions from devoted working moms. Other projects explore raising only children, happily ever after, raising strong girls, and hot topics for Jewish women.
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