8 Lies My Brain Tells Me On A Regular Basis

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Folks, my sewing machine is a champ. Seriously, I have been sewing a blue streak trying to build up my inventory for my first craft fair and although I am chipping away, no matter how much I sew, I feel like I just can’t sew fast enough to have everything I want to have ready for the beginning of October.

But you know what, I’m working hard at it and I’m juggling it with a lot of other things and I think this feeling that nothing is getting done is just one of many BIG LIES my brain has been telling me lately.

That’s right. I’ve noticed lately that I am being lied to big time – and by someone who is supposed to have my best interests in “mind” so to speak.

I am being lied to by myself.

My own brain. Imagine the betrayal! I am going to take a few minutes today to “out” my brain and try to finally put these lies to rest, because no one deserves to be lied to and these lies aren’t doing me any good.

Lies my brain tells me

Let’s start with lies regarding the nature and passage of time, shall we?

1. Brain, it turns out, it does not, in fact, take a “lifetime” to fold a load of laundry. Likewise for making the bed or unloading the dishwasher. When I look at the pile of laundry and you tell me “Ugh, this will take a lifetime” it makes it seem like a very daunting task that will impede the higher goals of my life, when in fact, I have found, having clean laundry, dishes, and a made bed can be quite useful while one is traversing the more “challenging” areas of life. Even the mayfly, which as I understand it, has one of the shortest lifespans of all living creatures, has time to fold a load of laundry.

2. Showers. I cannot stress this enough, brain. Showers ARE worth the time it takes to take them. Please stop trying to convince me that a shower would ruin my whole day’s plans. You stink. Metaphorically. I stink literally. We need a shower.

Moving on. Regarding health and death:

3. That food in the refrigerator that is now one day past the expiration date WILL NOT lead to certain death if I eat it. It just will not. You have got to get over this.

4. My children being on a deck next to the guardrail DOES NOT, I repeat, DOES NOT equal an automatic trip to the emergency room.  It’s okay, brain, for the kids to look over or through the railing of a second floor deck. Really. I’ve seen other less neurotic parents let their children do this with no ill consequences.

5. A dizzy spell is not a surefire sign of a terminal illness. Perhaps I need more sleep or need to eat better. Has that thought even crossed your mind, brain?

Regarding self-esteem:

6. No, the person in the checkout line cannot see into my soul. Stop worrying about what other people who don’t even know you think about you.

Regarding finances:

7. The phrase: “Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there” does apply in some areas of life but my bank account is not one of them. If we can’t see it in the bank account, it’s most likely not there so stop telling me it’s okay to spend it!

And finally:

8. There is, in fact, NOT “always tomorrow,” Brain, so pipe down. We’re getting up now. We have things to do.

Next up, I’ll be showing you some of the inventory I’ve got going for the craft fair and doing a new tutorial on one of those fun and easy pieces of work! Thanks for reading and I’ll be seeing you back here soon!

What lies do you tell yourself?

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17 Comments on 8 Lies My Brain Tells Me On A Regular Basis

  1. Elizabeth
    August 17, 2015 at 4:07 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh, all of those and more. Let’s see, there are at least a hundred. 1. You didn’t get anything done today. 2. You only have a few minutes, you can’t possibly get that done. A game or facebook would be better right now. 3. It’s too late in the day to start that – at 2 pm. 4. What are you doing with your life? You could be doing more important things. 5. You aren’t doing as much as “so and so.” You could do so much better. 6. You have time for all of those projects. Go ahead and buy the fabric for it. (which is almost always followed by regret and guilt as the projects linger, and then the desire for other projects when the time comes) 7. You don’t have time for any Bible study this morning. Jump in with the kids and their stuff.
    I’ll stop now before we get to the self image ones. My brain and I fight constantly. But I had better listen to my saner self and go read to my kiddos instead of lingering in these arguments.
    I appreciate your honesty. It’s funny how we think others have it together. Someone once told me not to compare what “they” show to the world with all that I know about me. It’s not that “they” are being fake, it’s just that I don’t know their everything.

    • notimefordiy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM (2 years ago)

      Exactly! Nobody knows anybody else’s “everything” which I guess is one of the main reasons I TRY (don’t always succeed) to practice empathy on a regular basis even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. I may not know your everything, Elizabeth, but I know enough of you to know that you’ve got it more together than your brain is telling you!

  2. PORTRAITS-by-NC (@enzieshahmiri)
    August 21, 2015 at 9:34 AM (2 years ago)

    Funny – totally enjoyed reading about the lies your brain tells you. Mine likes to convince me that eating sweet things that I know will give me a monster headache are not so bad if I eat them very slowly. It’s not working and I am ready to ditch this dysfunctional relationship!

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    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 11:11 AM (2 years ago)

      Oh, I SO should have included a food one like that! My brain is ALWAYS trying to get me to eat fried foods. LOL. Thanks for visiting! Great having you at the party!

  3. Shann Eva
    August 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness. My brain tells me many of these same lies. I really love this post. Thanks for sharing. So glad to be co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you.
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    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 11:09 AM (2 years ago)

      I am so glad to be hearing that I am not the only one with these issues! Great to be co-hosting with you!

  4. Jenny
    August 22, 2015 at 11:33 AM (2 years ago)

    Lol, I think exactly the same thing about the laundry. Reverse psychology helps. I think “I only have time to fold the shirts, so I’ll just do the shirts”… And then I end up folding it all! …Sometimes :)

    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 11:07 AM (2 years ago)

      Jenny, now that you mention that, I have done that,too! That’s a great tip!

    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Alayna! Great co-hosting with you!

  5. Michelle James
    August 24, 2015 at 2:02 PM (2 years ago)

    These are hilarious and so true. The bank account one really hits home for me. LOL! I really wish my brain would stop it!

    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 10:57 AM (2 years ago)

      Oh that’s a big one for me, too, Michelle! Just yesterday my brain and I had a serious argument in the fabric store about this. Brain won…kind of…but seriously, she made some great arguments!

  6. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    August 24, 2015 at 11:55 PM (2 years ago)

    Hahahaha! I LOVE this post, Nicole. Your brain is awesome, and we have so much in common! Thanks for sharing and being a wonderful co-host of the #HomeMattersParty – we love having you on the team! :)

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    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Lorelai! It’s been great co-hosting with you!!!

  7. Amanda
    August 25, 2015 at 10:18 AM (2 years ago)

    You’ve hit another one out of the park, Nicole! I have serious psychological issues with #4. My brain is telling me it’s going to take a lifetime to get past that one. :)
    Great to be co-hosting the #homemattersparty with you!
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    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 10:53 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Amanda! LOL…don’t listen to your brain (this time)!

  8. Sarena @ Teal Inspiration
    August 25, 2015 at 12:44 PM (2 years ago)

    My brain tells me a lot of similar lies. I wish I could get it to stop! The lifetime of laundry one and the food that is one day past expiration are huge ones for me. Haha thanks for sharing this so we know we are all dealing with this kind of stuff!
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