Monday, September 15, 2008

Wanted: Mary Poppins

Do you remember when Mary Poppins measures herself in the movie? She holds up the measuring tape and at her height it says "Mary Poppins: practically perfect in every way." My customized measuring tape would likely say "means well, but doesn't always follow through." Don't get me wrong, I'm a terribly reliable employee and a dependable neighbor and friend. If an event is written on my calendar you can bet I'll show up. I'll even meet every deadline imposed upon me by work, or a volunteer commitment. But if I say to myself, "self, I'm going to work out four times next week," before I even finish the thought, I know in my heart that I'm not really going to do it. I have a hard time making myself a priority and pushing myself to do unpleasant tasks that will ultimately benefit me. Sure I'll run that in that 5K cancer fundraiser, but will I run the same 3.whatever miles just for a little cardio? Probably not. Actually, absolutely not. Maybe I'm like a lot of women or maybe not. Maybe they have their stuff together and I don't.
Anyway, this is where the blog comes in. Last week I was talking with my good friend Mrs. Furious (if you don't know her, check out her blog's link on the right. For those of you who do know her, yes, she really is that entertaining in real life. In her words, "Believe it.") and she thought that based on her experiences, a blog would be a good motivator for me. So, I'm going to make myself accountable to my adoring public (OK, so the adoring part is a bit presumptuous right off the bat, but for you Mrs. F. fans out there, you're already at least a little bit jealous of me since I am good friends with her in real life, are you not?). I shall document my journey to become "practically perfect in every way," aka, Mary Poppins. Notice it says "practically." Let's not lie about it, folks I don't need the pressure to become perfect, so I'm not even going to try. I'm going to choose one area of my life that needs improvement and I shall better it little by little. Then I'll choose another, and another, and another. Trust me, there are plenty of areas of my life that could use some reform.
So, spoken like a true procrastinator, I will lay out my plan tomorrow. Hey, I didn't say I was Mary Poppins yet, just that I was aspiring to be her. Maybe I'll work on procrastination now, but most likely that demon will be something that I choose later (of course).


Mrs Furious said...

"you're already at least a little bit jealous of me since I am good friends with her in real life, are you not?"
LOL... of course they are... totally jealous ;)

I peeled myself off the bathroom floor to come check this out so you better appreciate it!!

Mary Poppins said...

I hope it was worth a trip off of the bathroom floor. Glad you enjoyed the shout out. Feel better.

Dodge Party said...

LOL, what a great start to your blog! I'm so glad that you finally joined the rest of us. Procrastination rocks! I am the ultimate procrastinator. You are a lot more perfect that me and I definitely look up to you. You are the greatest friend. So, don't beat yourself up too hard.

Andrea said...

"you're already at least a little bit jealous of me since I am good friends with her in real life, are you not?"

too say the least!

welcome to bloggy world and cant wait to check in and see your progress love your blog title.

Mary Poppins said...

dodge party--procrastinators unite! glad to have your friendship, especially while eating at irish pubs.
andrea--trust me, that's the only reason you have to be jealous of me. welcome aboard!

Aubrey said...

yeah... i remember we had all these big plans to run every day in montreal and we did it what, four times?

Mary Poppins said...

aubrey--glad you found me. i remember. but this time it's different (famous last words). really.