There are two types of people in this world: The one that sees disability as an inability, and the one that sees it as just another challenge to conquer.
This month’s Inspirational Mama is a warrior mama!
She gets up every day, despite her physical pains, and does what moms do…everything! Check out the wonderful method shes uses for managing the madness in her home.
Hello, my name is Haydee. I am a married mother of two, a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old. I am also a disabled Navy Veteran.
I have many hobbies, as I’m sure most moms do.
Mine include picking up my family’s shoes strewn about the house, putting the same toy away 16 times a day, and repeating myself until my vocal chords begin to strain and my veins pop out of my neck. But that’s just an example of a typical day in my lovely home. Not only do I get to immerse myself in such wonderful pastime, I also have to deal with a medical disability that greatly impacts my life and limits how much I can do in one day.
Once I got past the realization that I now have physical limitations and made peace with it, I learned to find ways to still get the job done without compromising myself in the process.
I came across a website one day that encouraged you to do things in 15-minute intervals. The theme was, “You can do anything in 15 minutes.” I absolutely loved the idea and I’ve been using it ever since.
In order not to overwhelm myself physically, I plan my day in 15-minute intervals.
For example, my kitchen is a mess from that lovely dinner I just made my family, but they complained about anyway. I work on cleaning the kitchen for 15 minutes, and then I stop and take a break. The break time is determined by how well I feel that day, but I try no longer than 15 minutes. Then I either go back to the kitchen for another 15 minutes of cleaning or I do another chore for 15 minutes, and so on. After a while, I noticed that I was finishing each chore in 15 minutes or less!
It just became a routine.
Instead of looking at the job as such a time-consuming project, I just break it up and work through it little by little. This way of thinking keeps me from becoming overwhelmed.
So even when I don’t finish all my chores, I know that later, I’ll have less of it.
I try to use this concept with my kids when it comes to cleaning up. I set a timer and make a game out of it, with prizes at the end. I have gotten a lot done this way, and it keeps me moving forward. I even read books and crochet in 15-minute intervals. This way, I still get a little bit of time to myself each day, doing the things I love. I know that when my kids grow up I’ll have all the time in the world for my hobbies, so 15 minutes here and there is my prize for getting things done.
The best 15 minutes in my day is just sitting around the floor talking to my kids! Or having a quick game of UNO.
This method works for me. I hope it can help someone else bring order to their daily life.
I recommend this website: www.FlyLady.net
Take 15 minutes to check it out!
Thank you for sharing this awesome technique Haydee! You are truly an inspiration to many, especially ME!
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If this has inspired you or touched your heart please feel free to comment below.