"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over,
and expecting different results."
- Albert Einstein

By this definition, I am insane. Nutso. Crazy. Because, for real, there are certain things that I absolutely abhor and am constantly pledging to change, and yet, I do the same things over and over. I think that sometimes I do literally expect different results from the same activity. As if there will be something magical that happens if I simply complain enough about something, it will change.

A great example is that I am very much not a morning person. My brain does not officially wake up until 9 AM. I may be up and moving, but I am not thinking clearly. Coffee helps, but if I was a surgeon, all my surgeries would be scheduled post 9 AM. So, every morning, my bed swallows me and I snooze and snooze and snooze until I absolutely HAVE to jump out of bed to rush to get the kids off to school. My morning is frantic, frazzled and chaotic. It can sometimes (often) end up with me losing my "it's so good to see you, my lovely children" sunny disposition, and create the cattle prodding frustrated mom who is rushing her kids to the car. I HATE THIS! My kids are up early. They read books in bed until their light clicks on with the timer I have set up to maximize my sleep time. It is not their fault we are running late. I also hate it because I grew up in a serial "running late" household. I remember my siblings and I sitting in the car, ready to go. Waiting for mom. Waiting. Waiting. Still waiting.

So, nearly every day I make the vow as we race to the car - "Tomorrow, we will be ready earlier." And by we, I really mean I.

But, HOW will we get their earlier if I don't put my desire into action?

Pretty basic concept, right? But, how many of us are held back in our insanity?

Whining kids
Lackluster fitness level
Unhealthy eating habits
Unbalanced budget
Finding ourselves "checked out" in our parenting
Spending too much time online reading about other people's lives, rather than engaging in our own

I am hereby committing to take some baby steps in this, mamas. Action. Changing my doing so that my results will be different tomorrow.

I have my alarm set earlier tomorrow. I am going to bed earlier than usual tonight. And, I have told my kids that if mom is not up by a certain time, that they can pour cold water on me. That would mean I would have to change my sheets. Now, that would be insane.


  1. Let us know how it goes Ali! I'm with you in setting the alarm to go off just a little bit sooner-- so I can take care of a little thing called "exercise"... ugh.

  2. I am also in full agreement in soooo many areas of my life! I too have already told the kids that I would take them lap swimming in the morning...aka 6:30am! I get so much more done in a day if I exercise first.....but getting myself to do that is another task indeed. I have been trying to put a schedual together for the sake of my kids since I homeschool 2 of them and have 2 more age 2 1/2 and 15 months. I wish you well on your endeavor and pray that you are successful!


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