5 Simple Steps to Managing Life [Buffalo, MN Lifestyle Photography]

Things I would like to do semi-regularly.

-Play with my kids

Actually sit and play.  Even if it is something annoying, like trains.  Trains never ends, because there is no end goal.  You just set up tracks and tracks and tracks, then run a train on them.  Then you set up tracks and tracks and tracks. . .

-Clean my home

Nothing intense, just a general level of cleanliness.  Additionally, this can be accomplished alongside any individuals who reside in my home and are old enough to vacuum.  For example - my husband.

-Run a photography business

Photo shoots. Editing. Daycare. Blog posts. Discs. Marketing. Website. You get it.

Nothing more inspiring and relaxing than working on photos and managing a business in this mess.  It just screams "tranquility" or something.

Nothing more inspiring and relaxing than working on photos and managing a business in this mess.  It just screams "tranquility" or something.

-Take pictures of my actual children

-Actually print the pictures of my actual children

These two tasks get lost much quicker than I ever anticipate.  I have approximately one-zillion photos waiting to be put in albums.

-Do laundry

And get it back in closets.  Not just overflowing out of the laundry room.  Preferably before we all run out of underwear, because nobody wants that.

-Sometimes make dinner

Just sometimes.  I don't have high standards for myself here.

-Jillian Michaels

Blah.

-Look slightly less disheveled than I did when I rolled out of bed

Again, not high standards here. A pair of clean yoga pants and perhaps some mascara could do the trick.

-Spend some time with my Precious Jesus

Quiet. Alone. Preferably with coffee.

-Read things for fun

I love reading.  It made me super popular in high-school.

-Have an average social life

Average.

-Fulfill other various commitments I've suckered myself into

These are random.  Some, I am thrilled about.  Others, it's my own fault for saying "yes."

-Sleep 8ish hours per night

This is important.  Without 8 (fine, 7) hours of sleep most nights, I go from "slightly behind in life" to "crazy-overhwhelmed-crabbypants."

My insightful advice.

Five steps, as promised. Brace yourself for some life-changing wisdom.  Wisdom not for the drowning individual, but rather, the person just a tad behind.  The person trying to juggle it all, but ends up watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine instead of being productive.

-Do your nails

To be clear, I am not talking a full-fledged mani situation here.  I'm not talking Jamberry Wraps (which are apparently fantastic and non-toxic and all things wonderful.  I've never tried these, but I have been invited to about six online parties this week.  I'm sure I could hook you up).  Additionally, I am not suggesting the UV light awesomeness (which is likely entirely toxic.  This, I have and use and love).  I'm talking the straight up pink polish you got with an adorable tutu on it at a baby shower (see photo).  Do your nails with the normal stuff that will chip off in approximately one day.  Why waste this time, when clearly time is the issue?

Painting will take you two minutes.  For 24-48 hours, you will feel totally put together due to your awesomely painted nails.  Because who paints nails anymore?  Answer: People without children.  You used to be that person.  Take two minutes and remind yourself of that.  Then stare at the annoyingly chipped nails all week, because you will never sit down and actually remove it.

-Read a book

There are some incredible authors out there, just waiting to shake your world.  Maybe you find yourself dying for that mess-up-your-life kind of book.  I can give you a list (and will at some point), but I am not suggesting this kind of book when you feel just slightly behind in life.  For this, I'm suggesting Mindy Kaling. Seriously.  Sometimes you have read thought-provoking-book after thought-provoking book.  You get to a point where you just want to laugh. Not think.  Laugh.

Mindy Kaling.

-Sing and dance

Nothing fancy. No swing, salsa, or anything that has a learning curve and requires a partner. Are you kidding? Blast your guilty pleasure and dance.  If you can get your poor children who have not yet developed any musical discretion to join you, you will look a tiny bit less ridiculous if someone happens to see you.

-Eat junk food

I understand this flies in the face of Jillian Michaels, but I'm convinced she has to have a softer side that loves a good dessert after her reheated pizza.  It's there.  Under her six-pack abs (which you can have too, in just six weeks).

This.  My word.  It was less than four dollars, delicious, and fair trade.  I can eat it knowing this particular purchase does not have a slave working to keep the price low.  SO GOOD.  My local Target and Costco have it.

This.  My word.  It was less than four dollars, delicious, and fair trade.  I can eat it knowing this particular purchase does not have a slave working to keep the price low.  SO GOOD.  My local Target and Costco have it.

-Go shopping

This requires about five dollars - ten if you want to get a fancy coffee to carry around the store.  Shopping should occur without children and you only have to purchase one tiny thing.  Maybe a new color nail polish for when whatever color you currently have on is done chipping off.

Don't you feel serene already?

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