Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Balancing Act

I'm not juggling quite so many balls as I used to. No kids at home, no elderly parents to take care of, no 4,000 square foot house to clean. No smelly basset hound, no volunteering. I only work 27 1/2 hours a week, although believe me, it feels like 40+. So why does it seem there aren't enough hours in the day to do things?
Since it's a new year, I'm supposed to make New Year's Resolutions. But when I make them, I always break them. I'm not good at setting limits and goals, and I hate the guilty feeling I get when I fall short of my own expectations. But there is one thing I was determined to do before 2009.
Clean my closet. My seasonal-appropriate clothes are all in the small bedroom I call the Writing Room. (Note the capital letters---it's where Important Issues are Addressed, as well as where I get dressed every morning.). My desk wasn't so bad, but the closet---let's just say I lost my favorite red handbag in there for a year and had to go out and buy another red handbag because every woman should have a red handbag. The initial impetus for the Pre-New Year's Resolution was to search for the black tank top and the black sweater that I knew was in there somewhere. I won't bore you with a list of the other stuff I found, but it was an educational experience. So now I'm ready to face the new year, a lot smarter and dressed in black.
What have you been putting off in your own life that you're determined to tackle in 2009? (My dresser is next, I promise.) How are your writing goals coming along? What's in your closet? Do you own a red handbag?
Many congratulations to Stephanie, who is the randomly selected winner of my MRMR Second Birthday/Anniversary contest! Please e-mail your mailing address to Many, many thanks to all of you who visit and comment. My year would not be the same without you.


Gillian Layne said...

Good morning!

You know, I do own a red handbag, and even better, my mom brought it back for me when she went to Italy last year. So I feel worldly and indulgent every time I carry it. :)

My multi-tasking this year is a bit more difficult. Maybe it's age-fog. But mostly it's one kid in elementary, one in middle school, one in high school, and juggling all their schedules after work.

When the oldest can drive by herself, I'm never grocery shopping again. ;)

Janga said...

I don't own a red handbag. No red shoes either. I do have a purple handbag that made me feel wildly self-indulgent when I bought it. Does that count?

As for my closets, when I moved last spring, I purged ruthlessly, and my closets were neatly organized. Seven months later, chaos reigns again. I think things multiply and scatter in the closed-door darkness.

Terri Osburn said...

Welcome back, Maggie! I bought a cute little red purse to use for my Christmas party this year. I'm hoping to find more occassions to use it.

My closet isn't bad. I purged a bit when I moved and now that I have a little storage room, most things moved into there. My problem is my piles. That's what my BF calls them. He's uber-OCD so my piles of papers and mail drive him crazy. I have a two drawer file cabinet I've had for about a year. It's totally empty. Well, other than the piles that got put in the drawers when I was cleaning for the holidays.

So I need to get out all of my piles and organize and file them. I'll feel much better and come tax time won't have to pull my hair out looking for all those conference receipts.

Congrats, Steph.

Stephanie J said...

How exciting! I'll email you. :)

I own red shoes but no handbag. I need to get on that! And isn't it interesting how closet cleaning becomes educational...LOL!

My resolution list is long but I really need to tackle my financial organization. I've been saying this for two years...this needs to be the year it gets done.

J.K. Coi said...

Hi Maggie. I’m trying to think of something thoughtful and reflective to say about starting a new year, but I’m sick of it already :) … and just feeling sick. blah. But don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to this new year. Finishing this book is just the beginning of my goals for 2009. It’s going to be a challenge for me and I like a challenge. Um, mostly.
Now for the closet…I’m starting off as a guest author signing books at a charity event this February, which is going to be awesome, but I have nothing to wear! So that’s my other challenge right now. It might not seem like much, but when my wardrobe choices include in basic black dress pants or sweats, that’s huge LOL

Elyssa Papa said...

Welcome back, Maggie!!! And congrats, Steph!!!

I own red handbag and red shoes. (I think I might have three pairs of different red shoes). Hmm, I think I'm ready to tackle losing weight and writing more. I definitely have very firm goals in mind in terms of writing, so let's hope by this time next year, they're coming true.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Grr. Blogger ate my comment. let's see if I can remember...

JK, I have a ton of clothes but nothing I like. When I cleaned the closet, I actually put all the colors together---lots of red and black. Too many checkers games as a kid, I guess!

Janga, purple is good. It's the favorite color of kids and crazy people. I have a good-sized purple chunk in my closet. (we know we're young at heart, not crazy, right?)

Steph, I have 2 pairs of red sandals. Hard to believe I'll be wearing them in a few months---snow day here. Brr.

Gillian, yay to red Italian leather! I think my bags are fake leather, but they look good anyway.

Terri, I wish I had a file cabinet. I had to move the file milk carton into the closet cause I kept kicking it and wrecked my toes!

Ely,I'm with you on the diet, but so far (third day in), I have been very, very bad.

Tiffany Clare said...

I want a red purse. My friend has this beautiful one from paris. A fine soft leather. sigh! One day.

And my closets get cleaned only to get messy again. :)

reflective for the new year... uhm... give me some warmth, less snow, less winter, and I'll be more reflective. Right now all I want to do is bundle under the blankets.

Stephanie J said...

I amend this! I actually have an awesome little red purse that my mum got me for Christmas one year. It's so cute...I need to use it more often.

Kelly Krysten said...

I have red shoes... A LOT OF 'EM...but no handbag. Though I used to have three. Lately it's been pink taking over my handbags. Hmmmm...I wonder if that means anything about the current state of my personality. My closet could use some help.
Happy New Year!!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Tiff, I am forever organizing this little room. Can't seem to keep it straight, but right now the closet is so gorgeous I could keep the doors open and stare at it all day.

Yay, Steph! Get that bag out.

Kelly, pink is okay! I used to have several pairs of pink shoes, and lime green, too. Purple. Forest green. Now all I've got is dull black and brown, altho my summer sandals and flip flops are colorful.

irisheyes said...

Wow, I feel really boring. I own nothing red (or purple or pink). Now that I'm back working I've expanded my shoe selection to some black leather slip ons and brown suede loafers.

Isn't it funny, Maggie, how when you clean a room (or space) you just want to spend all of your time there. It is such a great feeling. I think we're going to concentrate on purging this year. We've gotten a really great start the past couple of weeks but we need some spring weather to give us a little more incentive.

So, I would say I'm jumping on the cleaning bandwagon. It's an attainable goal for me. Especially since the DH is so psyched about it. The enthusiasm is contagious.