mE Project| “Nana The Pot’s Burning!”

mE Project| “Nana The Pot’s Burning!”

The funny thing about life is that no amount of scheduling or planning can prepare you for when things go awry. My mother had this phrase her Nana taught her to say when she was little. She would say it if her Nana was on the phone and didn’t feel like talking or if she had reached her limit because her Nana wasn’t the type of woman to come out and say “I don’t feel like being bothered.” or “I don’t want to talk right now.”

She taught my mom to say, “Nana the pot’s burning!” Then she would rush off the phone like it was an emergency. The only thing is, this could only be done a few times to the same person or else they would catch on. Over the weekend, and even yesterday, I had a series of “Pot Burnings”.

"Nana The Pot's Burning!"


Saturday to Sunday

Saturday and on into Sunday, I had a moment of realization that I was fighting against my own body. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. I’ve been sick now with a sinus infection for about a week which by itself is okay. But for some reason, my mild Asthma has decided to flare up too. I’ve been having to use my inhaler and take breathing treatments. The antibiotics the doctor put me on have been making me sick.

I don’t discuss all of my health issues, that often because honestly, there are many. While one is being handled, the others are sitting on the shelf. And I don’t want my health to become a “thing” or an “it”. My health is a part of me, sometimes the parts don’t work like they are supposed to.

Planning for Failure

Sunday, I started planning for the week. After one mishap after another, I realized the day wasn’t going to work out. I wasn’t working correctly and my computer has been acting up. Hearing that a family friend is sick then later listening to words spoken in ignorance just topped the cake.

I was done. And I think that’s an important step to make. It’s okay to accept defeat in a battle as long as you don’t lose the war. With my anxiety and depression, I know myself enough to know I hit my limit. I needed to rest. I needed to de-stress.

Opposite of mE

I took yesterday off. At first, I felt bad. I didn’t want to miss a mE Project post. Then I realized it didn’t matter if I wasn’t in the right mindset to write it. How could I talk about mE (motivate, encourage, energize) if I wasn’t feeling these things?

Today is better. Today, I’m here to say that it’s okay if the pot has to burn and you have to give up the day for yourself, as long as you don’t give up entirely. Bad days will happen. But good days are around the corner.

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29 Comments

  • Reply lazygirlloves

    I know the feeling! My list of illnesses is as long as my arm but we fight through. Hope your feeling back to normal soon x

    November 28, 2017 at 7:45 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      I’m doing better today. ❀️

      November 28, 2017 at 10:18 PM
  • Reply nudepinkorblack

    Love this, so well written! Hope you’re ok x

    November 28, 2017 at 10:06 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much. I’m doing better today ❀️

      November 28, 2017 at 10:20 PM
  • Reply Our Little Mountain Tribe

    Oh my I hope you are feeling better!!

    November 28, 2017 at 11:16 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      I’m doing better today. Thank you for your kind words ❀️

      November 28, 2017 at 11:34 PM
  • Reply hebahpervaiz

    Thank you for sharing this! I feel like we punish ourself too much for taking time out for ourself – but really, isn’t that the most important thing?! I love your style of writing Erika. πŸ™‚

    November 28, 2017 at 9:51 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much Hebah. I really appreciate it.

      November 28, 2017 at 10:19 PM
  • Reply jessxclare

    This is so true! I love your positive outlook on it, I really hope you’re feeling better soon x

    November 29, 2017 at 8:09 AM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much. ❀️ Each day gets a little better

      November 29, 2017 at 1:21 PM
      • Reply jessxclare

        That’s good to hear hope it carries on getting better for you ❀️

        November 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM
        • Reply PAE Reviews

          Thank you so much, Jess.

          November 29, 2017 at 8:23 PM
  • Reply sophieheartsnet

    I love how meaningful this post is, I completely agree, its so normal and okay to have a bad day! I hope your health improves but please don’t push yourself if you’re not up to it!- https://sophiehearts.net x

    November 29, 2017 at 12:54 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much, Sophie. I really appreciate it. At first, I was slightly on the fence about sharing this post, but then I thought about others that may be going through the same thing.

      November 29, 2017 at 1:45 PM
  • Reply bexcapades

    That’s a wonderful idea, my nans wouldn’t need this as they have no tact but it’s useful for others πŸ™‚ I’d like to try this!

    November 29, 2017 at 3:05 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      πŸ˜‚ oh, my goodness this made me laugh. Thank you, I needed that 😊

      November 29, 2017 at 8:22 PM
      • Reply bexcapades

        Honestly, they’re terrible πŸ˜‚ you’ll be talking to them about something & they’ll either just walk away or say β€˜you’re very chatty today, you’re hurting my ears’ πŸ™ˆ

        November 29, 2017 at 9:08 PM
        • Reply PAE Reviews

          πŸ˜‚ I want to meet them so bad

          November 29, 2017 at 9:55 PM
  • Reply Veronica Spriggs

    sorry to hear about your health issues. life is like that sometimes we start the day with the best intentions but things get in the way.

    November 29, 2017 at 4:13 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Yup, that’s very true. Some days are just full of mishaps but I think it helps me appreciate the good days more.

      November 29, 2017 at 8:24 PM
  • Reply bostonbookreader

    This was a wonderful post, it takes a lot of courage to share your personal life, thank you.

    December 1, 2017 at 1:40 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you, Kris, I really appreciate it. I was kind of apprehensive about posting it at first. But then I thought maybe there’s someone out there going through the same thing.

      December 1, 2017 at 2:19 PM
      • Reply bostonbookreader

        I thought it was wonderful for you to share!

        December 1, 2017 at 6:57 PM
        • Reply PAE Reviews

          Thank you ❀️

          December 1, 2017 at 7:09 PM
  • Reply simplyshaiz

    It’s great that despite all you’ve gone through and continue to go through you still decided to take on a project as inspiring as thus one. I think that’s amazing!!!

    December 1, 2017 at 10:31 PM
    • Reply PAE Reviews

      Thank you so much Keziah! It means a lot to me

      December 2, 2017 at 12:53 AM
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