Monday, January 4, 2010

Laundry Day Value

Okay, so on this first official business day of 2010, I get to head back to work by hopping a plane for a quick 2-day trip to San Jose. *sigh* Such is the life of being a writer with a day job.

I started this post several weeks ago, thinking ahead about the many many things I'd like to accomplish in 2010, but in the last few days, I've taken a step back from that. This week's quote totally had me thinking.

The beginning of each year, I always feel like there's this pressure to set the resolutions, goals to achieve. My problem with this? Well, honestly, if you look at it, there are things to be accomplished all the time. It just all depends on how you look at it.

At this point, I could make some profound statement and try to sound all New Year smarty pants, but you know, I just spent the last 7 hours bonding with our family's laundry.

Laundry is the bane of my existence. (In case any of you missed my tweet last night . . . er, I guess it was more this morning. That's right. I'm writing another post at 2 A.M.)

Tackling the laundry got me thinking. Firstly about how many of us would totally love to have a personal laundry assistant. Then about the year to come. So maybe this could be a bit profound?

As I mentioned - 7 hours today, spent on the laundry. Time I could've spent on other things. What other things?
  • Eating.
  • Reading.
  • Sleeping.
  • Revising.
  • Movie-ing (is that a word?).
  • Writing.
But if I didn't take this time to get the laundry stuff figured out, it'd never get done. Which lead me to the thought that's been bouncing around my head lately: You don't make time. You take time.

I know it sounds sort of cheesy. But it's true.

Yes, I could have taken the same 7 hours and gotten boatloads of writing/revising/reading done, but there's also value in ensuring my family is happy, healthy and wearing clean, Downy fresh clothes. Right? It's all about weighing priorities, but also making sure you're taking time for you too!

So there's my profound New Year wisdom for you: Take some time for you, but making sure everyone in the family's got clean underwear is also valuable.

You have any deep thoughts to share? Lay it on me!


T. Anne said...

I'm going to heed your wisdom and take some time for me. Trust me when I say it's much needed.

Danyelle said...

Very profound. Also, laundry is the bane of my existence too. It never goes away no matter how much time I spend on it. Blech! But taking time to spend on family stuff is a must. :D

L.T. Elliot said...

I hate laundry. Except folding towels. And even then, I hate washing said towels. *sigh* However, it's a necessary evil. And you're right, it's a priority in life.

Nisa said...

Haha! I love this. Apparently, you can think deeply at 2am. I'm not brave enough to try! I'll take time for my by sleeping. Ah!

WindyA said...

T Anne - Take that time, girl! We all need it sometimes. (Most of the time if you ask me!)

Danyelle - Yes, family stuff is important. This week's laundry was actually good bonding time with my 4-yr old kidlet who helped me put stuff away. :D

LT - I actually like folding towels too. They just look so nice and neat after folding. But agreed on the washing part!

Nisa - haha, as I was writing, I wasn't sure if I was sounding profound or if I just sounded like a rambling idiot. Sleep counts as you time also! Sweet dreams.

ElanaJ said...

Clean underwear is always good. Have fun in CA!

WindyA said...

Yes, Elana. Clean underwear is a must.

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Now you're making me feel guilty for not taking my car to the dealership right now to get it inspected and all that sort of stuff. I plan on doing that tomorrow, but I just want to chill out right now. Sigh.

WindyA said...

Stephanie - Take time for YOURSELF and chill out. And you know the dealership will rip you off, right?

Stephanie L. McGee said...

When it comes to cars, everyone rips you off in their own way. So it's really just a matter of knowing your stuff and getting second opinions.

WindyA said...

Yeah, I know. It sucks. But you just have to find the best VALUE for your buck, right? ;)

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Yeah. But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. The dealership can get it done the fastest. And I need it done pronto.

Good luck with all your writing stuff tonight!

WindyA said...

Being an adult sucks sometimes, doesn't it?

Good luck with the car!

Eric said...

LOL, great post. See, this is what is great about having a teenager. Between him and his brother, laundry is easy. Still, your wisdom at the end is profound and useful. May you succeed at all your endeavors - just like the laundry.

WindyA said...

Thanks, Eric! I'm pretty excited for the day the kidlets do their own laundry. Lol. Gotta enjoy the simple things in life!