When You Miss a Day

There comes a time during every major life pursuit — during every goal you are trying to attain — when you will mess up. You might miss a workout or eat that third slice of pizza or, you know, forget to blog on the 19th day of a 30 day challenge.
My first thought this morning was, “Oh no! I forgot to post on my blog yesterday!” My stomach clenched up and my heart started to race. I felt so many things — embarrassed, disappointed in myself, defeated…I even wondered: should I just give up and try again another month? I commented to my husband that I forgot to post yesterday and he just shrugged. “Just double blog today — that’ll be good enough.” (Sometimes I really love his laid back, no stress attitude!) And just like that, I realized that nothing was ruined and it’s okay to just try again.
But when I do mess up, I like to take a few moments to reflect on what went wrong so I can hopefully keep from repeating the same mistake twice. As it nears midnight, I realize I am in danger of missing my blogging goal two days in a row, and I know that I can’t let that happen! So what was so crazy about this weekend? Well, each day started pretty early and didn’t let up until very late. I actually thought about blogging several times during the day (I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about!) but as all our activities wore on, I never had a quiet moment to sit down and type it out.
What can I do better going forward?
  • I will try to post before 3pm on weekdays and noon on the weekends. This will help me get that box checked off before our busy evening time where something always pops up!
  • I will write an extra blog or two and have them all ready to post if I need back up.
  • I will work on a blog schedule at the beginning of each week so that I’m not having to think up something to write every day. I can definitely be flexible on what I have planned, but this will give me a good structure.

So how does this relate to us as moms?

Well, there comes a day in every mom’s life when she messes up (for some of us, that’s practically every day!), so we need to know that it’s all going to be okay! Nothing is ruined; it’s time to get back up and try again. We just need to take a few moments to reflect on what went wrong and what we can do differently to help make sure we don’t make the same mistake again — at least not the very next day:)
So why was yesterday so busy? Well, here’s a quick hint:

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  1. Melissa Gustafson says:

    Emma is as beautiful as her Mom! She is growing up so fast! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words about Emma (I can’t believe how fast my girl is growing!), but you are obviously seeing me through “loving eyes” — ha!!! We had just finished running a little fun run for charity, and it was really neat to get to have some one-on-one time with her, even though I will admit that I struggled and huffed and puffed through that whole mile 🙂