Start Over or Start Where You Are?

That is the question…

To start over, or just start fresh where you are. At least that is the question I face often enough. This 31 days challenge has been eye opening. I  know it’s a lot about me, not so much about what my goal is here, it’s a process. I had stopped writing, I needed something to get me back in the game. This challenge is all about my story. While I have kept to that theme, I have not done so in an organized manner. So now I have a goal for whats to come after the challenge. 

Goal: Get into YOUR story, do it in a more organized fashion, and see if we can figure out how to work this chaos together. 

In the meantime, I need to choose if I start the whole blog over again from the beginning or do I just start the “more organized” from where I am. I am choosing to start where I am. Here is how I made that choice which will give you a process to follow when you need to decide to start over or start where you are.

Ask yourself a couple of questions:

Does it make sense to start over?

Do you really need to get rid of the old and start brand new, or is there a foundation you can build on where you are at. 

In the case of this blog. Starting over would mean I get rid of all my previous posts and just start fresh. Well, I’ve got some good posts there. Just because they are not perfectly organized does not mean they are not worthy of reading.  Not to mention, since I write when I see a question from another frustrated mom that I believe could help more than just that one mom, I would lose a lot of the inspired posts. In my opinion, inspired posts are the best.

If I start from where I am, can I organize what is there?  

In this case, I went back through my old posts. I kept some that I thought were most helpful, and sent to private the ones that I wanted to think about some more. That’s about as organized as they will get. Unless I re-write them, I can’t really change the order etc. There are categories and tags for anyone to use if they are looking for something specific. And I’m always open to being asked questions. Also, I am not an organized person, it takes a lot for me to figure out how I want to organize something and then I second guess EVERYTHING and end up organizing again… hence the reason I decided my life would be happier if I embraced the chaos.

These questions can be applied to every situation.

While it might not always be easy to find the answers, I find the answers always come easier when I pray on the question at hand. 

Look, life is not perfect, no ones life is perfect. As you can tell from these last 20 or so posts, I don’t claim to have conquered all of the stress, and chaos, or even the depression fully. BUT, I deal with it, I embrace it, I have strategies to manage a busy life and find the happy in the chaos. I throw it out here because in real life, I have managed – in my chaos – to help other moms take a minute and evaluate what is going on so they can get to a better place much sooner than I did.  I wasted time “muddling through” some of this stuff. I’d rather other moms didn’t have to.  

There you have it. 
Are you going to start over or start from where you are? 

Learn more about this 31-day challenge here. 
Find the rest of my 31 days of five-ish minute free writes here.


About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

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