Scattered Thoughts from a Fried Brain

I have so many thoughts going through this head of mine that I just don’t know where to start. I’m learning a lot in life right now. Not in an especially fun way, but I know it’s all part of the growing process. I also have a million plans and ideas brewing in my brain. Although I’m doing better about getting them written down or at least neatly listed in my mental organizer, but so few of them are currently coming to fruition. I’m still working so hard to focus on being grateful. I am annoyed at myself for the sheer fact that it’s a struggle right now. I. am. frustrated.

I am fully aware that trying to organize everything right this instant is going to lead to chaos because I’m tired and need sleep, so I’m just going to share some of the things I want to get in order as soon as possible, but not tomorrow…or this weekend…because I’ve already booked myself solid. Feel free (code for please do!) to jump in with any of your ideas on the topics discussed below.

Holiday Preparations
So, I think it’s a bit ridiculous to already have Christmas decor spread throughout the stores in the middle of October, but I have to admit that it’s gotten me excited. This Christmas will be such a fun one with a two-and-a-half-year-old. He’s so into the decorations we’ve seen when we’re out shopping, and I get all giddy when I think of all the fun traditions we can really begin enforcing this year because he’s old enough to get it more than ever before.

At the top of my list of priorities is creating an advent calendar & planning special activities in the days leading up to Christmas. If I do get to that as I hope to next week, I’ll share what I’m doing. If not, please forgive me. 🙂

Getty My Reading List Under Control
I have developed a problem with reading. I used to read all of the time. Then I began teaching and had a hard time reading without reading it like a teacher. I subconsciously started analyzing every word so that I could explain any obscure question a student might ask. I think I’m the only English teacher who ever developed this complex, but it’s just a fact about me.

I finally learned to let go of that, but then I began that pesky habit of not finishing a book once I started it. I have always been a firm believer in not reading ahead, but I’m starting to think that’s really hurt my chances of finishing a book. I get annoyed at a character or writing flaw by the writer, or worse yet, I start guilting myself into thinking I should be doing something more productive with my time, (Like getting on Pinterest! What’s wrong with me?!?) so I just give up on the book.

Well, that’s the short version of my problem. Then I’ll throw in the number of books I’ve started, received, or wanted to start reading in the past month. Here are the ones I can remember:

1. Five Little Questions That Reveal the Life God Designed for You by Dannah Gresh
2. Dancing on my Ashes by Heather Gilion & Holly Snell
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
4. Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
5. A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
6. The Saving Life of Christ by Ian Thomas

Yep. My nightstand is seriously cluttered with books, and I’ve probably even missed some of them. Must focus! I’m committing to The Help because I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews, and my absolute favorite classic novel is To Kill a Mockingbird, so hopefully it won’t disappoint!

Well, I must applaud you on your patience for making it this far into reading my post. Do you have a headache yet? I’m fighting one off by committing myself to reading a book before going to sleep.


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