I'm up to my eyeballs in commitments these days and have vowed to say no from here on out. It's just so hard, though, because I'm a yes person and an idea person. The problem is that I truly believe I can do it all.
Here's a taste of all the things I've got going on right now.
1) Politics. I'm co-chair of the local progressive political group in town. It's kept me quite busy and although I enjoy it, I'm really looking forward to the end of my term in October.
2) Schools. I helped found and serve as a co-chair of a local group advocating for improved public schools. (Hence the conference embarrassment of yesterday.)
3) Church. We got a new pastor recently and I approached him about starting some kids programming at the parish. I thought long and hard before approaching him because I truly feared that if I brought up the idea I'd be the one put in charge. My fears have come true. We're launching a children's Liturgy of the Word in June and guess who's organizing it? Yep, me. I am committed to it, though, because it will be great for Lucas and I think my spiritual life will greatly improve if I can be fully present for at least half of Mass each week while he's out for the children's portion.
Beyond those huge commitments, I've got some one-time projects going on as well. I'm doing a table at a local environmental fair about green cleaning later this month. And I'm helping put together a yard sale to raise money for a local family in need in early May. (Live nearby and want to donate some items? We'd love to have them!)
Socially, I have book club and of course, I'm committed to blogging here and at DC Metro Moms.
Beyond all that, I have a million ideas of things I want to do. Like, my new blog. Some fun activities for our local parents group. Starting a Ladies Activity Club. Not to mention what will hopefully be my biggest spring/summer/fall project!
Oh, yeah, and I've got that kid and work outside the home 20 hours a week!
Seriously folks, I think that the quote "If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it" was written for me. But from here on out, I just need to start saying no! (Music to Abel's ears, most certainly!)