So just in case y'all didn't know, I'm kind of a mess (this is coldcoffeehotmess.com after all).
So anytime someone says to me, "Girl I don't know how you do it all!" I cannot help but laugh! And I think those of you who know me well are probably wondering who in the heck has asked me that. I see your speculative eyes! I would never consider myself someone who "has it all together." And I don't just say that to be all humble and self-deprecating. I mean it. I say on an almost daily basis that I need a professional life helper/coach/assistant/person who tells me how to function. There are a lot of things I do, but there are a lot more things I don't do. Trying to balance it all is near impossible.
For starters I honestly can't tell you the last time I mopped my floors. Thinking........nope. Can't remember. I have my amazing robot vacuum that takes care of the bulk of the vacuuming for me now, so I just have to actually vacuum only once a week or two. But by the time I've done that, I'm over the whole floor-cleaning thing. Someone will just track dirt in anyway, right?
I generally have to count the days since I last washed my hair to see if I can make it another day. Thank you, Jesus, for dry shampoo (amiright? #messybunforlife)
Basically zero kids' craft projects happen at this house. Thankfully they go to an awesome preschool where they get to do all kinds of fun things like paint and play with play-doh...because I if play-doh happened over here I would probably have to mop the floor more often #aintnobodygottimeforthat. I think crafts are awesome and so fun, I just can't handle it for some reason! Because it never goes as planned and makes a big mess and I'd just rather not get into it. We do plenty of other things that make a mess, trust me, just no cute Christmas trees or ghosts or monster trucks made from handprints.
Unless I physically write something down I will probably forget it. I set reminders on my phone for something I need to remember 30 minutes in the future. If not...it's gone. I will probably remember it around 11:30 PM when I'm trying to go to sleep. Super helpful.
I am all about some clean & healthy eating, but my kids eat a lot of PB&Js and goldfish crackers. Jesus take the wheel if we are out of either of those things!
For the boys, pants are generally optional unless company is coming over. Seriously, I tell Evan to go put pants on and he asks who is coming? Not sure how I should feel about that.
Making the bed? nope.
Laundry put up the day it gets washed? Usually a nope.
I think basically you have all just learned that I'm gross and so is my house. Please don't judge me. I'm sure I'm not alone (hopefully? anyone?).
I'm sharing this, because while, yes, I do do (haha) a lot of things, that does not mean I have it all together. Not by any means. I feel like I'm in survival mode some days....just trying to make it from wake up time til nap time til bedtime in one piece. I do my best, but some days we all just sit on the couch and watch 15 episodes of Justin Time or their new favorite PJ Mask, or the three episodes of Paw Patrol that Porter managed to purchase from Amazon somehow.
Some days I am sniffing a t-shirt before I put it on to see if I can get one more wear out of it (real talk). I never want to give a depiction of a picture perfect life, because that is far from the truth. And honestly that's a big reason why Courtney and I are doing this whole blog thing, and sharing our lives on social media. Because it's NOT perfect, and we think that's ok, and we want you to be ok with your life if it's a mess like ours. In our pinterest-driven world, there is so much pressure to do ALL THE THINGS. And if you can't do ALL THE THINGS then you're somehow less-than.
Well listen up, mama. You are NOT less-than because you didn't send homemade Christmas gifts to each child in your kids' class. I'm not knocking moms who do that, because some people love that stuff. But let's take the pressure cooker lid off of ourselves. You just do you! Be who you are, embrace the gifts you have, and live it out. Decide what's important and invest your time in that. I love Jen Hatmaker's advice in her book For The Love about life as a balance beam. Decide what needs to be on the beam, and know you have the freedom to take things off the beam anytime (if you haven't read For the Love yet...STOP and go get it immediately. Seriously. Now). Don't topple yourself over with responsibilities that are not necessary.
On the beam: hanging with my kiddos and husband, time with friends, making art, healthy living
Off the beam: mopping. hair washing. dusting.
JUUUUST kidding...kind of ; )
Are you a Cold Coffee, Hot Mess mama like me?? Share what gives you Hot Mess status in the comments!! Or maybe there are some things you really do need to take "off the beam"? Share it! I'd love to hear from you.