this is not what i had planned for today.

This is not the post I meant to write for you today.  My plan was that you'd be reading the first of this series of interviews I've been doing with some amazing, creative mamas.  I'm really excited about those.

But I've had a few surprises in the last two weeks--things that needed my immediate attention.  And I haven't been able to prepare an interview post with the care I'd like to spend on it.

A few years ago, I would have pushed myself mercilessly to fit it in.  I would have stayed up until 4:30 in the morning or something to make it happen.  Well, mostly that.  I would have done that.

Not because I promised any of those mamas that her interview would be up this week.  Not because I made a big announcement here on the blog that I would be starting the interview series this week.  Not because anyone is waiting on it, actually.

Just because IT WAS MY PLAN.  That was what was SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.  That would be PERFECT, because this is a week about long talks and deep connections.

But I'm not staying up until 4:30 in the morning.  Instead, I'm telling you this:

1 :: Doing these interviews has allowed me to foster some of those connections I've been craving--and with some really open, extraordinary creative mamas.  I hope you'll get to feel like you're having a bit of connection with them, too.

2 :: Working with these interviews is challenging me to learn how to share stories that are honest and inspiring in a way that creates conversation--rather than in a way that encourages comparison.  Can we keep talking about that?

3 :: Deciding not to be a sleep-deprived lunatic with my family for the sake of getting an interview post ready is reassuring to me.  It reminds me of the value minimalism or "doing less" has in my life.  It was still a hard decision not to just "make it happen," but I had some framework and some practice that helped me make that decision anyway.

Alrighty.  I'm off to bed.  And it's still PM.

And what about you?  Are you pushing yourself too hard on something that really could just take a little longer?

This week, I'm exploring how we make (and don't make) space for deep connections.  This post is part of a regular series about creativity.