motherhood

My got done list. AKA: What to do when you feel like you are getting NOTHING done!

Like many people who suffer from sort of auto-immune disease whose symptoms include chronic fatigue, I often feel like I've gotten NOTHING done by the end of the day. My husband is very good at reminding me that that is a lie to tell myself and, in all reality, I always accomplish something just in the day to day care of my family.

This week my daughter had her first spring break ever, and I had a whole to do list in my head of cleaning out closets and art making. Guess what? Most of that didn't happen due to an elbow injury. *sigh* Thankfully, a shot of Novocain in my joint has eased the pain and I'm now able to get a few bits done.

Spring break at Henry Doorly Zoo || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

I once read an article that suggested people who have these seasons of low productivity should document all that they have gotten done instead of focusing on what they didn't get done. So here's my list:

#artistresidencyinmotherhood || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

+    Prepping for my Artist Residency in Motherhood. I thrive off of goals and accountability so I'm excited to take on this residency in the summer months.

+     Obsessively read my new favorite blog: Jocelyn Mathewes. She is currently participating in the same residency that I planning for AND does cyanotype printing. Her post on productivity and journaling how you use your time have been most helpful. 

+     Printing while the sun shines. 

+     Trip to the zoo with my kiddos!

Cyanotype in progress || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

How do you cope with less than productive seasons of your life! I would love to hear your tips! 

Sickness and slowing down

 
Sickness and slowing down || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

 

I've never had one of my kids fall asleep on me before this week, and now it has happened twice!

Cold and flu season has hit us hard, but we are hoping that we are through the worst of it. 

 

If all these sort of disruptions had happened to me last year, I would have been in a sorry state. Frustrated, anxious, and angry that I could not get everything done in a day that I had planned.

Thankfully, a few mom's recommended  this lovely book Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie (link to Amazon on left). One of my favorite lines from the book goes, "Rest begins with acceptance, or perhaps more accurately, with surrender." (p.2)

 

I have found this statement to be so true!!! Instead of all those negative thoughts floating around in my head while my daughter napped on me, I was able to enjoy all the extra snuggles!!

#deskie || Rachel Loewens Fine Art

And all was not lost, as I was able to start on a new series of collages! I've been using some more muted cool tones as fits the chilly weather we have going on here in Nebraska. 

What are some books that have really left a lasting impression with you!! Please leave your suggestions in the comments!

 

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