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What's on your plate?

Summer is so busy. I only have two kids and they are 3 and 1.5 and we didn't even do that much, but I feel like summer is just so busy. I missed doing a post or an email or really anything for Sew Peachy in August. I'm still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that it's September.

As I've tried to give myself some grace for not doing all the things I wanted to do the last few months, I've been thinking about our "plates". How many times have we heard, "you have a lot on your plate?" I'm realizing that I compare my plate to others without looking at the context of peoples lives. At different times in our lives, our plates are going to be different sizes. Our capacity for things changes from year to year and honestly, from day to day. I don't know who Mary next door has helping her. Maybe her mom takes her kids to dance class, thus taking that off her plate and freeing up her time to, __________. (Fill in the blank. Go to the gym, make a fancy dinner, run a small business, etc.)

It's okay if maybe my plate can't hold as much as I'd like at this time in my life right now. Maybe I need to leave a few things on the serving table and I can come back for seconds when I have finished what is currently on my plate. Maybe my plate right now is a salad plate, but next year it will be a dinner plate. It's important to allow ourselves to be where we are without beating ourselves up. Who knows when your plate size will change. That serving platter might just have your name on it, or you literally may be using a napkin for your plate. Wherever you are, be kind to yourself. Remember it's not forever.

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