I used to think that bloggers had their lives totally put together. They run their families, take amazing pictures of the activities they do, and find the time to write blogs every week. Some even post regularly to YouTube or have podcasts. Let’s have a heart to heart about this. I am not the picture of organization. My husband and I actually had a serious talk about how much time I had to spare to put into Trail Family. We both loved the idea though and ultimately decided that it is worth it.
The biggest challenge that I have overcome as a Trail Mom is being comfortable with how it feels to fail. I set goals and work hard. But sometimes I don’t make the cut. There are times that we don’t spend as much trail time or outdoor time that I wanted for the week. Sometimes I don’t make my blogging goals and have to crunch out posts. Sometimes a post doesn’t get the reach I was hoping for.
The biggest challenge that I have overcome as a Trail Mom is being comfortable with how it feels to fail.
There are two types of perfectionists. The first kind burn themselves out making everything perfect and meeting every target. The second kind are paralyzed by their inability to reach the objective. In the past, I have been the type 2 perfectionist. However, the last year and half of Trail Family has been one of my greatest growth experiences. I have come to terms with setting and meeting, but sometimes not meeting goals.
the last year and half of Trail Family has been one of my greatest growth experiences.
There are two important lessons that I have learned. The first is that not meeting my weekly goals has nothing to do with my worth as a mom, wife, or person. I don’t feel crushed and overwhelmed by inadequacy when there are few things crossed off my lists in my day planner. The second thing I learned is how to moderate my expectations for myself. I can be real with myself about what can actually get done in a week or month. These two points have been keys to being more successful in my day to day routine.
As we move into 2021 we will be setting new goals for the year. You will probably be doing the same. I like goals rather than resolutions. I hope you are encouraged that if at first you don’t succeed you won’t get down on yourself. Pick up where you left off and keep moving toward your reasonable objectives. I’ll be sharing our new Trail Family goals soon.