Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Productivity I Seek, Love I Have Found!

If you haven't made that New Years resolution yet, let me be the first to remind you that there are only 2 days left.

I'd like to say that I have something original up my sleeve, but the truth is, one resolution just isn't enough. In a nutshell, I guess my resolution this year is productivity.

While millions of people will spend January on treadmills, stationary bikes and crowded gyms; I will take pride in the fact that those 4 pounds I lost in August have taken refuge on someone else's thighs. And while it may have taken 4 whole months to loose just 4 pounds, it took only 4 minutes to engulf a whole cinnamon bun this morning. (Where's the fairness?) Needless to say, weight will not be at the top of my resolution list.

Many of you know me as Mommy Maestro; the woman who pops out essay after essay about the daily adventures of being a Mom. This blog has become home for some of the craziness that I experience every day. And although 2009 may have been a productive blog year, I failed to produce the book I've been working so hard to finish. Year 2010 is my goal to complete this project, and the many other's that have unfortunately been allowed to collect dust.

This year I will stay on track. The first three months I will work on the business I set up last year (I am half way there!) I will take my continuing education courses; and yes, maybe even loose the next four pounds.

Productivity comes in many forms, and I think some of us loose site at just how productive we really are. Sure, I thought I would have a book done by now. I thought I would be in a classroom teaching at some prestigious school. I thought there would be enough money in the bank for a rainy day. But here's what I've been really doing: "I've been a Mom!"

I've wiped floors,butts and noses. I've given up sleep so that I could watch a child breathe when they felt sick. I've walked, carpooled and been towed. I've searched high and low for a child's favorite toy only to find that it was in their bed the entire time. I've read stories, written stories, and reenacted stories. I have praised and I have scolded. I have taught one how to hold a fork, pencil and their tongue. I have laughed. I have cried. I have felt total exhaustion. I have known many feelings, but they all hold a close second to the one I get when the arms of my children are wrapped tightly around me.

Productivity I seek. Love I have Found!


Eva Gallant said...

You've been productive on a very important level already! Don't downplay the relevance of what you're doing for and with those kids!

Happy New Year.

ethelmaepotter! said...

I think you've been far more productive than you realize...and love found is always productive.
Like so many of your posts, this one touched my heart; it's poignant, funny, and so real. You are, indeed the Mommy Maestro.

laurel said...

I didn't realize you also write YA until Jessica sent our bios around! Doh! I've been where you are, trying to find moments to write like digging pennies out of the couch (to steal a metaphor from Jenn's blog). Your writing journey won't look like the single in her 20s, but your experiences as a mom will give your work depth the prolific youngster only dreams of.

carol said...

you are productively lovd!

Theta Mom said...

After all the productivity is said and done, nothing is the same as the hugs we get from our kids!

Thanks so much for stopping by Theta Mom! I look forward to blogging with you!

Katie said...

fantastic post! :) and thanks for visiting my blog! hope 2010 is a productive as you're hoping!!!