Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Will I Ever Learn?

I have a hard time saying no. I admit it. I hate to think I am passing up a new challenge or a chance to learn. This seems to be a theme for me…

While I may not be learning to say no (too many things intrigue me!), I am learning to not answer the constant question “how are you?” with “oh, I am so busy!” Everyone is busy with their own stuff. No one wants to compare their busy with mine.

And I am learning in the middle of busy, to enjoy the new projects and the challenges.

Bitten By the Busy Bug

I have posted about being busy before. This is a spin-off of an older post when I was also busy with different projects.

I am busier than a one-armed paper hanger in a windstorm…

Busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs…

Busier than a mosquito in a nudist colony…

Busier than a cross-eyed air-traffic controller…

Busier than a one-toothed man in a corn-on-the-cob eating contest…

You get the picture.


I am once again starting a new certification class – this one to be a coding instructor! It is a shorter course than the others I have taken, but is proving to be a lot of information to take in. I had expected that, and planned on not having much of a social life for the duration. At the end of the course will be another exam – yikes! and a presentation to be graded on – double yikes!

I have also agreed to a fabulous offer to teach a workshop for continuing education credits in July and August. So I am brainstorming ideas and dreaming about PowerPoint presentations and public speaking. I am so excited to have this opportunity to dip my toe into the teaching/speaking arena but have to work on my fear of public speaking. 🙂

Add to this, my book promotion, which has kind of come to a grinding halt following the holidays and in light of these new tasks before me.

And, let’s not forget the next book… This is in the very very rough draft and needs a ton of tweaking and rewriting before I can even consider letting my husband read it! This too will be on a shelf for the next few months.

My posts here are always on my to-do list no matter how busy other areas of my life become. I have come to love my little corner of the blogosphere and enjoy reading so many other bloggers. I have also been mulling over another super secret blog-type project… I can only tell you that it won’t be available for public consumption until late March or April. Lots to do there!


It seems there is  a crazy part of me that wants to say, oh what the hell, what’s one more thing on the plate? I guess the saying is true – if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it! We are either that motivated or that crazy that we won’t say no! 🙂


I have often said that busy is a drug – very addictive and hard to stop. It sounds so important to say, “Oh, I am just so busy!” It adds a feeling of importance to your project and your life that you may be lacking. Or, it gives you an excuse for not taking care of yourself and your life. It isn’t something I enjoy saying or feeling. It is something that we all bring upon ourselves and we are the only ones who can seek balance.

I do love my many projects. At the same time, I think it’s important for us to allow ourselves a little breathing room. When life gets busy, I find it is even more important to make sure to give myself down time. I need to read for fun. I need to relax with a glass of wine and goof off on Facebook and play a game on my iPad (even though I seem to get stuck on a level for months at a time and refuse to pay for more lives!). I need to veg on the couch with my husband and watch TV and I really need to make sure I get enough sleep.

Without the required downtime to recharge and do nothing, we have nothing to give to our projects. This is true for projects we are assigned as well as those of our own making. We have to forgive ourselves sometimes for only having 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. Those are the rules, and while we didn’t make them, we have to abide by them.

Seek balance. Put in a full day, take some time to rest, and go to sleep knowing that you did your best.

So maybe I am not “busy.” Maybe it is just that my life is full of things I enjoy. 🙂



  1. Rosemary Reader and Writer

    I’m very busy too, all the time, with work, babysitting grandchildren, church and various other activities. Yes, like you, I’m addicted to busyness. If I’m not doing something, I feel restless. This evening, I went to the pub with my husband, so that we could talk and relax, and – guess what? – as soon as I’d finished my beer, I wanted to be off, even though we were seated in front of the most beautiful view of fields and countryside in the evening sunshine.

    • I think the world is addicted to busy. When we meet someone who is following their own rythym, we think they are strange. Well, I used to think that… now I think they are brave and I watch them with a bit of envy! I am finding that I am enjoying the process more in the height of my busy, and that is a start. 😊

  2. Very true, we all are busy and this is the most cliche sentence we have heard

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