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I can’t.

November 20, 2013

I can’t get my 2 year old dressed without getting kicked.

I can’t get my kids to finish their dinner.

I can’t talk on the phone without plugging my other ear.

I can run 4 miles.

I can’t get my kids to nap with ease.

I can’t sit down to eat a meal.

I can’t go on a walk without having to carry someone home.

I can run 6 miles.

I can’t convince my kids that it’s important to brush their teeth.

I can’t get my kids to listen.

I can’t drink an entire cup of coffee in one sitting.

I can’t turn on cartoons without feeling a tinge of guilt.

I can run 9 miles.

I can’t go to bed too late.

I can’t sleep past 6am even if I tried.

I can’t keep up with the laundry.

I can’t figure out when to put laundry away.

I can’t stop my kids from wrestling.

I can run 12 miles.

I can’t get through a day without a bandaid.

I can’t get my baby to sleep through the night.

I can’t do Pinterest crafts without anxiety.

I can run 13 miles.

So I ran a half marathon last weekend. I needed those miles.

Half marathon

I can’t ever not think about my kids.

I can’t imagine life without them.

I can’t look at them sleeping and not melt a little.

I can’t even run without feeling a little bad about leaving them.

But sometimes, it just feels good have a can-do moment.

What can you do? And can you can’t-do as many things as I can?

 
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  • Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}
    November 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

    YES! All of it. 🙂 And congrats!!!!!!

  • Gina Badalaty
    November 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I can’t give up control of my kids.
    I can’t work on my passion.
    I can’t build my blog into a career.
    Oh wait, I’m doing all of those!! Nice. What’s next?
    I can’t exercise or run.

    Well, just watch me…

  • Casey Leigh
    November 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I can’t get enough of your blog !!!

  • Tracie
    November 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I love that you had your can-do moment…especially since it is something I can’t do at all! A lot of training and hard work go into accomplishing something like that. Go you!

  • Amber
    November 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This is really great! It’s definitely nice to have something that you still feel you can really control… because you definitely lose a bit of it as a parent. Congrats on the run! I wish I could get myself into that…

  • AwesomelyOZ
    November 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I can cook, write, and do anything I set my mind to but I cant stop my mind from being filled with self-doubt so I can take things step by step and know that I have the support of my best friend/boyfriend who will love me no matter what. Plus I have a 6 year old son who is amazing and I can love him everyday and can’t stop thinking about him and missing him when he’s with his father. 🙂 Have a great weekend Lindsey! -Iva

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