"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself.
Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."

"Simply put, you believe
that things or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate.
You make yourself unhappy."

~Wayne Dyer

{originally published april 2010}

We iron our fitted sheets. ♥ We clean up after the church chili cook-off every year. ♥ We buy birthday gifts for 3rd cousins. ♥ We go to a coworker's daughter's bat mitzvah. ♥ Our kids take swimming + french + gymnastics + volleyball + ceramics + saxophone. ♥ We meet the girl that used to live in our apartment building for coffee. ♥ We take the kids to every single softball practice. ♥ We make 3 types of potato salad for the Independence Day picnic. ♥ We send 114 handmade holiday cards.

We are funny people. We want our linens to be smooth. We want our kids to be fluent in Russian. And Aunt Gracie loves our potato salad. The cumulative time and energy adds up.

What would you trade? To gain time to do art, plan a get-together, take your kids to a farmers' market, learn how to use your camera, have a cup of tea on the porch, play Chutes + Ladders, try a new recipe, walk your dog, prune your roses?