I have often struggled with how to balance home projects with time actually spent enjoying my home (and the people in it). I get into the mindset that, if I just finish this (and in the process neglect everything and everyone else) that it will be finished and then I can enjoy my home (or at least that particular room)and my family. Could. Not. Be. More. Wrong. Now I’m not saying that completing a project isn’t amazing-it is a wonderful feeling to see your idea and hard work come to fruition. But because the process is such a big (usually REALLY big, as in bigger than I anticipated it would ever be) part of it, it’s important to enjoy that as well. That is something I really struggle with. When I am focused on doing something, I want to do it. I don’t want to be distracted and stopped. Well, that rarely happens in this household. With two children under the age of five, I am never uninterrupted. I made this a goal for our last project, which was updating the hall/kids bath to be more guest/child friendly. Did I want to get it done in two weekends? Absolutely. Did it take three months, with some major setbacks? Of course it did. And I’m not going to sugar coat it and say there were never days that I didn’t completely lose my patience (like the day we decided all the bead board we had installed had to be torn down and replaced-that was not a good day). I may or may not have told my husband that I would fire him if he were my contractor that day. Oops. But I did make an intentional effort (through most of it) to take it slow and not wig out if I had to wrap a paintbrush in Saran wrap and stick it in the fridge to go play with my children outside, or read them a story. It will get done (that’s what I kept telling myself) and more important than the finished project was how I used my time, energy, and patience during the process. I want my children to remember that I put them, their father, and others before my ‘to do’ list.