It is hard for me to sit here typing out this week’s blog while there are so many things still to do. Today is actually Friday, so keep that in mind while you read. This week has been a trial of my own focus and procrastination issues.
Several weeks ago, I committed to setting up a booth at the local Methodist church Lord’s Acre festival (which is tomorrow). I began planning right away. It was going to be the first time I set up a booth to let people know about my health coaching business. It sounded fun, really getting to show people how diet and lifestyle can affect your health.
I am planning to serve gluten free brownies and a fabulous ginger honey iced tea. I will have chairs set up for people to sit and talk with us (my husband will be there, too). I have recipe cards to hand out for both the tea and the brownies.
I got an early start planning because I knew that I would keep thinking of things to add to my booth. And I was so right. I ended up getting the last items this morning.
Right now I am feeling a bit stressed. It seems I have overlooked some very important details. I thought I had everything I needed to make my wonderful brownies, but I discovered last night that I did not have the chocolate bars I use to make them extra delectable. So this morning, I was up very early. A trip to Fort Worth was in order. That’s a long way to go to get chocolate bars, but the local stores did not have what I wanted. I try to only buy organic fair trade chocolate.
After I got home, I was ready to start baking. I calculated if the average of people walking around a church festival consisted of a man, his wife and at least one kid, and of course everyone will want a brownie, then I probably need to make 200 brownies. As well as about 3 gallons of tea. I knew I was going to be in the kitchen a while.
So I gathered together all my ingredients, and much to my horror, I discovered that I miscalculated the quantity of ingredients necessary to make 200 brownies. What had I been thinking? Time was ticking away. It was time to make brownies. I discussed the matter with my husband, who was on his way home, and we decided that it would make better use of my time if he stopped at the store to get what I needed, while I cleaned and did other things to get ready for my family who are arriving on Sunday.
That is the reason I am sitting here writing this blog. The dishes are washed, the laundry is started, I have everything laid out ready to bake, and I have decided that finishing this blog is as important as mopping the floor.
I have been incredibly distracted this week thinking about all the preparations for the weekend. So distracted, that I overlooked some important details. That is just not like me, at all.
My husband, my hero is home with the groceries, so I must get baking. I will just have to finish this blog tomorrow after the festival.
I wanted to let you know that my appearance at the church festival was a complete success! We had such a great time and met many wonderful people. It was great to connect with others in our community.
It turns out that even 100 hundred brownies would have been way too many brownies. I was up late feverishly baking, hoping that I would have enough. Now I have a lot of brownies to give away; oh well. The iced tea was a big hit. The 90 degree temperature today may have contributed to its popularity.
Tomorrow will be another busy day, as I prepare for my guests. I am honest enough with myself to admit that I could be farther along had I stayed more organized throughout the week, and tried a little harder to be productive. Instead, I let myself get distracted trying to think about too many things at the same time. I let myself get overwhelmed at times.
So, for myself, I actually need to slow down a little and remember that I just need to do the best I can, so that I don’t procrastinate and end up really stressed because I have run out of time.
Next week, I will enjoy some family time with my brother and sister. Stay tuned for details.
Right now it is late, and I am tired. May the rest of your weekend be wonderful, and next week amazing.
Psalms 100:2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, signing with joy.