“I realized that my determination to make things perfect meant I was chasing an empty obsession all day long. Nothing was ever going to be perfect the way I had envisioned it in the past. Did I want to keep spending my energy on that effort, or did I want to step out of that obsession and to enjoy my kids, maybe allowing myself to get messy right along with them in the process? I chose the latter - and that made all the difference.” - Joanna Gaines 👆This, this has been the struggle.
One thing homeschool has brought from the hidden corners of my life, is my desire for things to be just so. I like routine, order, simple and clean... children are almost never these things.
Some days, you may get one or two of those, but all of them? Ha!
Today on the homeschool front, we took time to sketch and paint our finds from yesterday’s nature walk. It was so fun!
Entering into homeschooling, I didn’t know exactly how it’d go. Some things I looked forward to. But truthfully? There were just as many things that I feared.
As someone who struggles with perfectionism, I am learning daily to have grace with myself and accept that I don’t have to have it all figured out, every second of the day.
I’m also still figuring out my balance of personal time... and the fact that I get almost none of it now. As an introvert, this is by far my greatest challenge.
But, grace and time.
What do I like most about homeschooling so far?
The fact that we are ALL learning:
We are learning to accept our imperfections,
Learning to choose joy when it’s hard,
Learning to ask questions
and find the answers together.