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I am no superwoman!

I love social media.  And I think I might be ever so slightly addicted to Facebook.  I have been on it for 7 or 8 years now, and there is not a day that goes by when I don’t post a status update on my personal account.  I love the interaction I get with my friends and my family in far flung parts of the world, and I often learn a thing or two.  I also love the support and assistance that you get from people when things get tough.  I will never forget the outpouring of love that my family and I received when my Father died suddenly.  Thinking of it now, brings tears to my eyes.


One thing that I do a lot on my status updates is post about what I want to do get done during the day.  It is rather like having a to do list, that keeps me accountable because other people are reading it.  I often write about everything I want to get done, and sometimes I post the ta da list…all the things I have got done.  One comment which is often made on these occasions is “Wow.  You have done loads.  You must be superwoman.”


I find this perplexing.  I am not superwoman.  I am just doing the stuff that needs to be done.  I see a job, I do it.  I see a job, I postpone it tomorrow and then I do it.  I would assume that this is what human beings have been doing every day since we crawled from the primordial ooze.  For as long as history has kept track, people have needed to multi-task, working, growing food, cooking the food, having the babies, raising the babies, making clothes, etc.  I once read a social history of women in the Middle Ages, and the fact that their life looked a lot like mine made me smile and take comfort that if they could do it without the benefits of modern technology, then with all the labour saving devices I have at my disposal, my life is an absolute cake walk!

labour saving tech

But all these comments on my facebook statuses have made me think a little bit.  How do I do all these jobs?  How do I manage to stay on top of everything?  There is a dual process.  I have written before about lists.  I love them.  My lists have lists.  I have master lists and minor lists.  Love them. LOVE them, LOVE THEM!  But it doesn’t stop there.


I also spend some time imagining the jobs that I know need to be done, getting done.  So, for example, last night I knew that I was going to have to do an emergency load of laundry after the cats were sick on the counterpane on our bed.  (Thanks Kitties.  Just.  Thanks.) So, I lay in bed, thinking about how I was going to fit it in this morning.  I imagined me going downstairs with an armful of washing and putting it in our lovely washing machine, then going back to the top of stairs to feed the cats.  I also imagined myself doing all the other jobs I had on my to do list.   Guess what?  That is JUST how it worked this morning.  And I have loads of energy left to do the other things that I know need doing and weren’t really on my list for today.  Like writing this blog.  (Sorry… but at least I remembered!! 🙂 )


So, unless Imagination is classed as a superpower, I am not superwoman.  I am just a human being, doing what needs to be done.


Over exposed to Easter Chocolate?

Hands up people… who has over dosed on chocolate eggs and never wants to see any of them again?  I can report, with some smugness, that there was not a single bit of chocolate consumed at Viridian Herbalist HQ this weekend.  Not because it was banned, but just because we didn’t want to have any.  We did consume some cinnamon jelly beans (absolutely LUSH!) but only in moderation.  Very proud of ourselves.

chocolate eggs

We did spend quite a bit of time in Church over this weekend though, as you would expect with the Easter commemorations and celebrations.  With all that busyness, along with moving stuff to the new house and relocating plants here and there as well, I didn’t really get a chance to reflect on how Lent was for me.  I hope you will allow me a little self indulgence so I can do so here.


When Lent rolls around I not only give some thing up, as is traditional, I also take something up.  This year, I gave up posting on my personal Facebook page and I took up decorating and getting the house ready for sale.


In those 6 weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, I did not post one item to my personal Facebook account.  Not one.  For someone who can easily post three or four times a day and sometimes that much in one hour, I can tell you, it was a hard thing to do.  I did not expect it to be quite so difficult.  But sometimes, struggles can be a good thing.   In the grand scheme of things, this is definitely a first world struggle, but it was a very good learning experience.


As for the second part to my Lent, the redecorating and getting the house ready for sale.   Well.  I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would get it looking like a show home (which it totally did for a while there) and get it sold all in the space of 6 weeks.  Wow.  Amazing.  I think someone is looking out for me, because it is just phenomenonal how fast everything moved.


I think I can say that this Lent has been the most successful one I have had for many, many years.  I will admit that I am going to post on Facebook again (because I have missed my electronic buddies) but perhaps not as much as I once did.  I have also proved to myself that I have the energy and the stamina to do something that people thought was impossible.  A lot of people thought that I couldn’t get a house ready for market in under six weeks.  I did in it three and half.  And sold it in Five.

learning experience

What have I learnt?  That I can be parted from social media and not die a horrible death.  That I can pull off the impossible, and seem to be specialising in it at the moment.  That a positive mental attitude is essential to getting through the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune which come home to roost now and again.  That sacrificing something is good for you.  And so is taking up a challenge.


My next challenge?  Moving house and getting settled and starting to get the new house and garden how I want them.  Oh, and continue with the adoption and my herbalism studies at the same time.  You know, that impossible thing again.