Thursday, January 6, 2011


With change comes adaptation.

I do not function on a routine. My life is rarely scheduled out. Little in my life is ritual.

Raising an ADHD child (or two), I have learned that lacking routine can often be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, I and my kids are quick on our feet and can often shoot from the hip.

As I mentioned on Tuesday, there are many new things occuring in my home. There is the chance that I may once again be gainfully employed. I also started school. While I am very excited about both of these things, I am remembering what life was like before being laid off nearly four years ago.

As I contemplate the prospect of employment, school, and growing this blog, I am realizing that I am going to have to revert back to some of the time management skills I utilized prior to unemployment.

My Blackberry is no longer a tool of leisure. I have cleaned the cobwebs out of my Outlook and dug out my USB cable so I can sync the two. Instead of posting as I go, I am going to have to identify how many times I plan to post weekly and schedule posts to reflect the direction Only Parent Chronicles is going.

I am also in the process of identifying what obligations I have in my life that contribute positively to the direction I am going and which are dead weight. As I wrote recently, happiness is a journey. While I am not unhappy, I know there are things in my life that may satisfy an immediate need, but don't necessarily contribute to my long-term happiness. As part of my own personal happiness project, I plan to identify what that long-term happiness looks like and set goals to help me closer to that ideal. I hope that you'll all tag along for the ride.


BigSis said...

I'm with you girl. My ADHD son needs routine and I am chronically disorganized. I think you have a wonderful attitude and will be very successful. And, I'm glad we get to tag along for the ride :) said...

Life is always changing. And that's a good thing! Adapt and enjoy!

Happy New Year to you!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

I would love to tag along for the ride.
I know with my twins if I did not have a routine things wold be so crazy. It is one of the things that help me keep my sanity lol.

Shell said...

You have such a great attitude for this year.

adrienzgirl said...

Shooting from the hip is all we do around here. It causes stumbling blocks for both me and the boys, but not much I can do about that with three unmedicated ADHD ppl to contend with daily. *sigh*

Roll with the punches is our motto!

Danielle said...

I am here for the long haul!

Kimberly said...

This is good. Very good. Out with the negative and trudge forward with the good.
You rock. It's good sometimes to step back and reevaluate what's the most important in your life.
PS. I know I referenced good in this comment a lot ;)

gayle said...

This sounds good! Routine is the best thing for kids!

Heather said...

We love routine at our house as well! I love that you are being proactive and getting things together!

Good for you!

Katie Hurley, LCSW said...

You're positive outlook for the new year is inspiring. Happiness is often a work in progress, but always worth the effort.


Unknown said...

I am just finding your blog due to your comment on mine about Henrietta Pussycat on Mr. Rogers (meow meow meow meow!!). Your comment made me laugh, so I knew I had to check out your blog! I look forward to staying along for the ride. :)

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your new job and starting school. Talk about a full plate!

Anonymous said...

Totally here. =)

Even though I saw Routine and was hoping you were going to give me one!

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