It was the week between Christmas and New Years and – as seems to happen every year at that time – I was caught in a wave of optimism and a deep desire to organize everything, schedule my entire life, and cast vision for the next year or twenty.
I decided to take up Bullet Journaling this year.
I decided to simplify menu planning for my family – but still try to make everything from scratch, organic and delicious.
I resolved to sleep the prescribed 8 hours each night, and to leave my electronics out of my bedroom.
I vowed to maintain my 4.0 in my graduate program.
AND I planned to be more present, more filled with joy and more playful and lighthearted with my daughter in the process.
Because: realistic goals, right?
Then I got sick on January 2nd and spent the whole day on the couch.
A week later, my daughter came down with the horrendous cold virus and kept me up half the night.
My Bullet Journal – while functional – did not boast the gorgeous hand lettering and meticulous “this is how much water I drank” trackers in the sidebars.
And I’d already bought take-and-bake pizza from Costco once…all of a week in to the new year.
And really, that’s pretty much everyone’s life.
I decided I wanted a place online where I could find not just perfect, written-by-caligraphers Bullet Journal’s but also examples written by normal people just trying to keep their stuff together.
I wanted a place where I could find meal ideas for my family that would be wholesome and healthy – but could also accommodate a Costco Take-and-Bake every once in a while.
Instead of check out line magazines and Pinterest boards boasting “real simple” solutions for life, I wanted to give a platform to ACTUAL simple solutions for the rest of us – who maybe aren’t interior decorators, graphic designers and sous chefs in our spare time.
What about real solutions for a working mom going back to get her Masters Degree?
What about real solutions for a single mom who owns her own business?
What about real solutions for someone juggling their day job and still trying to carve out space for their creative endeavors?
What about real solutions for college students, stay-at-home-moms, empty-nesters, young professionals, and you.
Which is where this blog comes in.
Every month our team of contributors will dive in to the practical solutions we use to manage different aspects of our every day lives.
Our handwriting is messy.
Our homes aren’t perfect.
Sometimes we eat chicken nuggets.
And we think that’s totally great!
When I was a child, I remember my mom, my grandma and my aunts sitting around my grandma’s big dining room table swapping ideas and recipes; eating that extra slice of pie and laughing way too hard.
I envision this little corner of the internet as a cyber-table of sorts.
When you’re here, there’s no judgement – #YAYforeffort! You showed up to your life! You tried it! To borrow from Brené Brown, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
When you’re here, it’s not a competition. We share our tribal knowledge. We cheer on each others victories and carry one another in our defeats. And maybe, we show up with a casserole when things really fall apart (or a take-and-bake pizza from Costco, remember – no judgment).
I’m so glad you’re here at this table with us. I hope you stick around and get to know the other women around this table. You can click on the Contributors tab to learn a little bit about each of us.
Join the conversation online as well! Leave a comment telling us about how YOU keep your “plates spinning” or tag us on instagram using the hashtag #YAYforeffort.
At the end of the day, I believe you either spend your life frantically hustling, trying to maintain the balancing act; or you can spend your days making choices to craft a life you love – imperfections and all – like a potter working at a wheel.
Sit back, and let me pour you something to drink.
Welcome to Spinning Plates.
Megan Westra is on the pastoral staff at Transformation City Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also blogs regularly at http://www.crazylovemke.com. Megan lives with her husband Ben, and
her daughter, Cadence Grace in the inner city of Milwaukee as part of an intentioal relocation movement within her church. Megan recently began studying at Northern Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity. She loves to read, run, practice yoga and she’s an unapologetic coffee snob.