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start as you mean to end

I have had a few blogs over the years, and after thinking about this wonderful quote I went to find a post I wrote back in 2009 and thought I would repeat it here ...

glen's late nana used to tell me 'start as you mean to end'. I was 16 years old at the time, and i really didn't understand the meaning behind it. she would repeat it occasionally through the years, but it wasn't until i was married that it truly resonated with me. 

 being a mom has led me to new interpretations of it. specifically with how i start my day. now that i am home and caring for the boys all day, i find myself easily distracted and without focus. if i haven't accomplished much by lunchtime, i feel that my day is lost. and there is usually no getting it back at that point.

 but if i start my day with unloading the dishwasher, clearing the kitchen counters and perhaps even a plan for dinner that night, then things are much different. if the toys are in their place (reasonably so, at least), then i think more clearly. if i manage some of this early in my day, i find myself able to spend more time with the boys reading and playing and maybe even spare some moments of quiet alone time with my coffee.

all this being said, i am not sure why those days of starting off poorly creep in. today, i had one of those days and i can just hear nana with her thick scottish accent telling me 'sandra, start as you mean to end!' 

i wish she was here to see me finally get it. and also to remind me of it when i forget. because i'd rather the boys remember the days with me as being organized and calm, with as little stress as possible and with a mama who was really present. so, starting tomorrow, i will be starting the day as i mean to end it....with purpose and a clear head.

I found it so interesting that I wrote about it at a time when I was briefly a full time stay at home mom.  And while I am at home again now, it has become a constant reminder to me of how I want to approach my days with my family and my work.

Isn't it funny how you hear things when you need them most?

I hope your year is starting out as you mean it to end.  If not, don't forget that every morning is a fresh start.

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    Sandra Reuston

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  • Jul 29, 2018

    This is exactly how i feel, sometimes hard to remember – thank you for sharing

    — Donna Berzal

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