choices

today is like the first day i have been home in over 2 weeks.
HOME.
there are 2 kinds of good days. they are distinct and different.
one is a result of a productive day at work.
the other is a result of a quality day at home.
they do not happen on the same day-despite the fact they both happen in my house.

today i realized that in order to truly recover; to get back on track… i needed to have a HOME day.
i did all the possible laundry in the house. AND it’s all put away. (um, that is huge for me! ) the house is clean. all of it. all except my scrapbook room. it’s a disaster. i planned some meals, did some grocery shopping.. did homework, practiced spelling words, oversaw chores, baseball… the works.

what i did not do…? didn’t create the ads that were due yesterday. didn’t finish the web-newsletter. didn’t work on the 3 classes that are coming up. didn’t respond to a pile of emails… didn’t listen to my cell phone voice mail. didn’t clean my messy studio. didn’t look at my to-do list.

but, it was a good day. i feel better. i feel caught up. i am tired. and a bit overwhelmed… but i would much rather be stressed out and overwhelmed in a clean, full of food, and no dirty-clothes house.

i guess it all comes down to choices.
hopefully tomorrow will be just as good… just in other departments!

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About the Author : Heidi Swapp

25 Comments

  1. Ngaire 22 March, 2006 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Hey darlin!
    Just saw your rub ons movie .. TOO freakin cute you are! 🙂
    Loved hearing your voice again.
    Actually it made me teary, it did!!
    Hear you re the clean house thang.
    best creative juices flowing for tomorrow.
    Ngai
    xxx

  2. chanel 22 March, 2006 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I hear your music …. its a busy stage of life!

  3. begsysbride 22 March, 2006 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Heidi, the expectations on working mothers is madness. If it weren’t for your little blog you would rarely get a pat on the back for your ability to manage the daily duties of running a house and looking after children, as well as having a sucessful career. I hope your husband appreciates your efforts and YOU appreciate what a superwoman you have to be to combine work commitments with parental and domestic responsibilities. I live in remote country Australia and believe me with the exception of your fame, what you are going through is universal!. Take care.

  4. kip 22 March, 2006 at 3:44 am - Reply

    You’re juggling a lot of balls Heidi and I don’t know how you do it! I agree, you need some HOME days for sure. Hope you get some rest and relaxation..now I’m off to see the little rub on movie!
    We sure enjoyed seeing you at Ruban Rouge!
    Kip

  5. chanel 22 March, 2006 at 3:44 am - Reply

    have just watched your video .. and yes I did have a chuckle, you are a sweet gal and have a great sense of humour! I enjoyed it – take care (btw – you don’t look pregnant) luv Chanel

  6. Rachel a.ka. Lunchlady (2peas) 22 March, 2006 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Yep, I totally get what you are saying! I think of it as a trade off….I can’t get scrap assignments done and cook dinner….it just doesn’t happen in my house. But I do always seem to be more productive in the creative department when I don’t feel so overwhelmed by the laundry monster that is growing out of the laundry room. Those are the days at the end you are due one huge yell of “I am woman, hear me roar!” Seriously! I’m not half as busy as I’m sure you are and it is an inspiration to see you be so successful!
    Now off to check out the video……
    here’s to another productive day for ya!!

  7. patty 22 March, 2006 at 6:56 am - Reply

    S*O*U*R- i can’t get your video to work & everyone is posting how cute it is (which i had no doubt)
    anyway, balance. it is a continual juggling act! i can’t imagine all the “balls” you are trying to keep up in the air.
    you ARE successful in the area of homemaker and business. remember success does NOT mean perfection…so give that sensitive, caring heart of yours a break. (and a little rest for that body of yours can’t hurt either!
    you are L*O*V*E*D by many miss heidi swapp!
    xoxo
    -p

  8. Bree 22 March, 2006 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Hey girl..remember to take time for you, too! You’ve got a little one that’s taking lots of your energy right now….congrats on the cleaning! I can’t stand chores. Blah. But, now you can create with a clear mind!
    Hugs!

  9. Kim 22 March, 2006 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Wow, I can’t imagine being as busy as you are! You are amazing to be able to keep up with everything the way you do…and you’re pregnant!!! Amazing!

  10. Debi 22 March, 2006 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Life is about choices. Some days I do the laundry; some days it can wait (no one is going around nekked or in dirty clothes). 😉 Cut yourself a little slack! It takes energy to do all you are doing and doing darn well BTW. Looking forward to seeing you next month in Alabama, and hoping to have my scrapbook supplies organized enough to contain to one room. DH is pretty good about the fact that we haven’t seen the top of the dining room table in 2 months and are forced to eat either standing at the counter or on the couch. Actually, it’s just part of my plan not to cook as much (leaves more time for scrapping!). 😉

  11. Christy 22 March, 2006 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I understand! We just got back from a very cold trip to Buffalo back to very wonderfully weathered Florida and I have so much to unpack and do! Try to relax some as hard as it may be! Baby Swapp needs some downtime! 🙂

  12. Donna M. 22 March, 2006 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Heidi, I still can’t get your video to run. I’ve got the usual bells and whistles on my computer and can download most stuff. Any recommendations? I’m anxious to master the rub-ons (love’em, love’em, love’em – but not fond of actually using them)

  13. Vicki Jackson 22 March, 2006 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Who ever came up with the idea that moms should be out there working ought to be shot!!! There is no such thing as balance… either home is caught up or work is caught up… I have learned to accept if I want it all I can have it but not on the same day!!!
    LOL

  14. Kim Bolyard 22 March, 2006 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I want to know your secret for doing all those things at home in one day…please share, I need to do that too!!!!
    Kim Bolyard

  15. Ruth 22 March, 2006 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    You have such an amazingly busy life. Glad you got to have a home day, we all need those, hope you get many more. Look after yourself.

  16. deb munn 22 March, 2006 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Good for you Heidi!
    You’re far ahead of me!!
    I did manage to get my scrap area somewhat neatened up, but that’s as far as I got.
    Hope your next day is just as good 😉
    ~deb~

  17. charlene m 22 March, 2006 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Yeah for HOME days! Nice to know there are people out there juggling it ALL in some way shape or form!

  18. Karla Grant 22 March, 2006 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Totally relate. I was home yesterday and woke up fully intending to do laundry, clean & scrapbook, but a 2year old and a 13 week old had other plans. My son does not want me to put him down, and if I do he screams bloody murder and my daughter doesn’t help the situation because she makes messes faster than I can clean them up. CRAZY!

  19. Vee 22 March, 2006 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    that is great hiedi
    sometimes you just have to make a stand for yourself and the welbeing of the house.
    i know you will get the works stuff done as it seems you always do.

  20. Kass 22 March, 2006 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    sounds like you had a good day. And it sounds like nothing you didn’t get done can’t wait – the sun will still rise in the morning, ads or no ads.
    Enjoy your HOME day!

  21. Sharon Kile 22 March, 2006 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    If I lived nearby I would do all of the housework for you. Payment of course would be in the form of chipboard:) In all reality though the HOME stuff can sometimes be mentally relaxing. Umm do you have an assistant to help you? I don’t know how you can be all over the map, take care of home, family and work. You are good girl…

  22. Bonnie Rose K 22 March, 2006 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Heidi, I so love your style. been using ur big flowers in so many of my layouts lately.. i simply love em!
    Sounds like you have a busylife,.. but really don’t we all? It really is a matter of choices.
    Sometimes we just need to pause and take time for US. forget the phones, the msges, the deadlines.
    Life can wait.
    Your sanity can’t.

  23. Shanna 22 March, 2006 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Love this post! You said everything I have been feeling! Thanks!

  24. Jana Perenchio 23 March, 2006 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Good for you! Sounds like you definitely made the right {choice} by getting caught up on the household duties & hanging with the kiddos. No matter how much our business life tugs on us, a woman needs days like the one you had so you feel fulfilled & satisfied….the emails, phone calls, deadlines, etc. can wait. 😉

  25. Pam 28 March, 2006 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Love the video, understand how to do rub ons better although didn’t have much problems but did hear complaits on other sites. For those who can get video to run I couldn’t either until I turned off my norton security, not sure why but it worked. Give it a try. Get some rest Heidi when you can, my daughter just had a baby girl On March 14th! Enjoy while you can! Love all your design and everything you do!

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