Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

6 May

Because it’s in a fairly visible place, people constantly ask me about my tattoo. While I am a huge fan of tattoos, especially when there are well done pieces of unique art, this remains the only one I currently have.

For a few years I knew what I wanted and why I wanted it. Plain and simple…

Photo by Lesley of

For many who know me well I can be fairly high strung at times. But I have a reasonable excuse for being this way. I want to grab life by the throat and squeeze every last drop out of it. I want to do everything and I want to do it NOW!! I find myself looking through the status updates of all my fabulous and talented friends on facebook and wishing that I could check off all the things on my to-do list that they have already accomplished.

Finish a post secondary degree.

Travel beyond the borders of North America.

Build a successful and fulfilling business.

Have a baby.

Have three more babies…..

Reach phenomenal fitness goals.

Discover new trends.

Learn new crafting skills.

Finally learn how to play the guitar that sits in the corner collecting dust…

The list goes on and on. But how could anyone possibly attain all of this while remaining a healthy and sane wife and mother of two with a clean house and still bake everyday?!?!? (Have I mentioned that I love being domesticated?) Clearly, it’s not possible. And yet as a woman I stress myself to the point of insomnia over having not checked all of these milestones off of my life list….and I’m only 27!!

Living in a society that demands that women be everything and do everything on a daily basis is overwhelming and absolutely unrealistic. And yet we, and more obviously I, still try to live up to these expectations.  So it comes down to this….

Live one day at time.

My mother (a very wise woman!) continually tells, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. I find myself repeating these words in my head every now and then to calm the fury that lives in my brain.

Tackle one goal at a time.

In my hurry to live all of my life in a single season I often forget so slow down, release my stress and just live. There are babies to be snuggled, friends to be hugged, coffee to be drank and simple moments to be enjoyed. As I rush through my day attempting to wash the dishes, finish an essay, change some diapers and continually make it out the door on time to the next important thing, I’m forgetting to savour the pleasure of what I do have now. In many people’s eyes I have already accomplished much to be proud of, but I will always be my own biggest critic.

While my tattoo stands for much more than what I have shared here (hello future blog posts!) for today it serves to remind me to slow down and simply live.


3 Responses to “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day”

  1. Brianna May 10, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    A girl after my own heart! I too have a tattoo to remind me of that very thing…and it’s in the very same spot! You really are your worst critic Erin, and when I think of the amazing, inspiring, beautiful women I’m proud to know, you’re always one of them. Keep doing what you’re doing, because you’re definitely getting somewhere ❤

  2. Bethel June 2, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Erin! You are a super star! One with a rainbow for a tail! Haha! I found a number of my own to-do items are similar to yours, and I’m truely inspired! PS I love the idea of a tatoo, but I want it to mean something for me. With that said, I’m lookin’ for the post about your tatoo!


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