Apr 19, 2012

Letting Go of Expectations

It's hard to admit sometimes, but we all have bad habits, and I'm no exception. I have been trying to address some of them, but it's easy to slip back into those habits again and feel like a failure and even a bad person because of it. And some of them, like the crazy mess going on in my apartment right now,  I can write off as being due to the craziness of school or on starting a new job or blame it on my partner's messiness or the smallness of the apartment.

I can blame things like my mood, and being cranky to others on the same sort of things, but ultimately, blame doesn't accomplish anything and doesn't make me any happier. 

Many of these bad habits and things I want to change were even important enough to make it onto my 30 before 30 list, because I really did want this year to be one where I changed things, like getting enough sleep, having regular time for crafting, having a tidy and organized living space, stepping away from TV in favour of other activities and limiting the frequency of me taking out my temper and tiredness on the boy and the pup.

It's not that I haven't been trying, but the stresses of the past year made everything sort of fold into itself for me. There was only school work to do, and bills to figure out how to pay, and constant stress and not being sure if anything in my life was making me happy and having little time to connect with anyone, including Zen, as we were both caught up in school and just trying to get by.

But let's face it, I'm not perfect, and I'll never be able to accomplish everything I want to 100 percent of the time, and being unhappy that I haven't isn't helping anyone, especially myself.  My apartment will never be totally clean all the time, and sometimes I'll be cranky or overtired and the dog is probably going to pull while we're walking, and  I probably won't accomplish everything I set out to do on my 30 before 30 list before I actually turn 30. Perhaps some of that is that I set my expectations too high, and perhaps some of it is due to looking at things from too big of a picture. Or perhaps as the quote above points out, my expectations are just too high and unrealistic and need a bit of an adjustment.

So I will adjust.

I will do what I can.
I will let it go.
I will prioritize.
I will make room for what's important.
I will let things happen and not try to force them to my own timeline.
I will share what's on my mind.
I will take pride in what I have accomplished.
I will eliminate what's not necessary for my happiness.
I will take pleasure in the little things.
I will breathe.

♥ Craftzilla

                                 Elf House Chronicles


  1. I know how you feel! In fact, I've been feeling the same way lately.

    You can always adjust your goals. I've found that as you try to make a whole list of goals at once, things usually change & make different things important or easier. So never be ashamed to switch things up!

    1. Thanks lady --definitely good advice! I think I need to revise them more often for sure, in order for them to stay relevant and to focus on the right things for me at the right moment. I think that will help a lot.

  2. I love this post! I'm the same way - I am so hard on myself when I can't accomplish everything that I want. I get so excited about all the changes I want to make and things I want to try and then fall into this vicious cycle of not being able to do it all and beating myself up over it! Keep your head up. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Yeah that about sums things up for me...or I miss a day working on something and just put it off and put it off some more. And the beating myself up about it too, rather than doing something good like just making some time to do the important stuff. Glad to hear others have this problem too!


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