Trying to get back into the groove.

And what better way than with a post for Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop?

Having a completely new blog is so exciting! I did blog all about my summer here, will no doubt pick my music hops back up, and have decided I’ll probably start moving at least some of my older blog entries over here, but for now? It’s still basically empty.

For this week’s edition of Writer’s Workshop, I chose the prompt “Write about something you wish you were better at.”

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this. Being a Virgo means that, by design, I am a perfectionist and have a strong need to excel at anything I attempt. But I must have an equally powerful, laid-back moon rising because lately I rarely finish anything I start and am happy with basically anything I deem “good enough”. I’ve actually even become comfortable with things and situations that are nowhere near good enough, but due to any number of good reasons or pitiful excuses or outright necessity, I’ve had to become a real pro at, to borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn, making things work in less than ideal conditions.

To answer this, the long and short of it is that I basically wish I could do EVERYTHING I need and want to be able to do, better.

More realistically, though, I truly do wish I was a better homemaker.

I did a lot better when my sons were younger because their need for a reasonably clean home and reasonably nutritious food trumped my laziness and junk-food-eating ways. Most of the time, anyway. But as they’re now young adults who are only here a few hours a week and are totally able to fend for themselves, I just usually pick up what is convenient for me to fix for myself. I literally cringe when I think of amount of money I spend because I’m not a traditional cook, and at the thought of all the processed food I consume, which is not good for my body.

I also wish I was a better housekeeper. Thankfully, I’ve pretty much gotten hold of that. (It seems having a beloved relative pass away and having to clean out their house is quite the motivator to get your own in the best order that you can.) My own place is nowhere near as tidy as I’d like it to be, but I really am doing the best I can while holding down a job and settling an estate and traveling out of state most weekends.

And lastly….I wish I was better at finishing what I started. I have so many unfinished tasks and projects and things to do it’s not even funny. I wish I could blame it on the lack of time, because there is absolutely a lack of time for this sort of thing these days, but honestly? I’ve been unmotivated for years. I look to try to change that, if I can only figure out how.

What do you wish YOU were better at?

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  1. I like your blog description. Unfinished projects is the mark of a perfectionist—they’re fine until stymied, then feel better by starting something new. I know. I’m one. But with age and practice, I try to finish at least some things before starting another. I say to myself, “you can’t buy that (hobby supply whatever) because you haven’t finished _________ yet.”

  2. John Holton says:

    You used to blog at the ReInvintaged Life, didn’t you? Glad you’re back!

    I hear you on the packaged food. Neither of us likes to cook and I can’t get around the kitchen anyway, so if it can go in the microwave, it goes in the microwave.

    • Kim says:

      You are correct! I am still planning to blog there for the time being, I’m just going to try to keep it vintage and vintage/upcycled/handmade-related over there from here on out. I’ll be linking to updated posts over there, but they’ll be probably be pretty few and far between.

  3. Patty says:

    Aha! Right off the proverbial bat, even before you stated it, I knew you were a fellow Virgoan!

    We are the designers of dreams and, often, of our own chaos but…no one does it better than we do!

  4. Kim,

    I didn’t recognize your new blog as being the Kim I know from ReInvitaged Life. Silly me! Thanks for stopping by to dance with mee and girl you know we’re not snobs when it comes to mewsic so play what moves you and we’ll boogie together. Now to answer your question, EVERYTHING…yes, I wish I were better at everything. That’s probably unrealistic and chances are slim that I’ll get everything right, so I’m content to build on my success as I go until purrfection is reached. Granted true purrfection won’t come until the afterlife. Anywho, hope to see you on the dance floor Monday. It’ll be your choice song picks! Have a wonderful week. Oh yeah, feel free to join my Wild Wednesdays linky party where just about anything goes! 😉

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Cathy! I will definitely check your Wild Wednesday’s out; it just might have to wait till I get home tonight.

      Sorry I forgot to identify myself! I am keeping The ReInVintaged Life, but it won’t be updated as often as this site will.

  5. Kat says:

    I can relate on all levels! I definitely let things slide because it’s “good enough” and I just don’t want to spend anymore time or brain power on it. Glad to see you participating! 🙂

    • Kim says:

      I hope to be able to keep participating! I’m already out for this week because of being away from home until Wednesday, but I hope to get better with planning posts eventually.