It’s been well over 2 years since my sweet friend Melissa pitched the idea that we should both start a blog together, AND 2 years since my last blog post. There is no better time then to start back up since the year is ending and a new year is beginning. It’s cliché, but who cares, I’m running with it. Here’s my attempt to at least 1 blog post per month 🙂
2017 was overall a great year, but it was also challenging and has brought dramatic change in everything I do. It’s been hard homeschooling my 2 older kids with 2 little ones under tow. It’s been hard working 30-35 hours per week at my job. It’s been hard trying to keep up with my home and everything that entails. And it’s been hard making time for and cultivating relationships with the most important people in my world. Yet, God has been so faithful and His grace has covered all of my mess-ups and start all overs.
In 2017, I was introduced to Allie Casazza (www.alliecasazza.com) and her movement to de-clutter, get intentional about how I spend my time, and embracing simpler. Instead of writing out a New Year’s resolution of all the goals I wanted to accomplish, I just picked one word and applied it to each aspect of my life. My word for 2017 was simplify. Here’s what that word looked like for me over the past year: de-cluttering EVERTHING, household items, toxic thoughts and relationships, schedules etc. Once everything was de-cluttered and lighter (seriously the best thing I could have ever done for myself and my family), I looked at ways to simplify everything I had on my plate that needed my daily attention. Meal planning and food prepping have played HUGE parts in taking stress off of my passion to feed my family healthy meals (I’ll save the details of this for another blog post). I’ve been waking up to start work at 5am, which gives me the chance to work in quiet and to complete half of my workday before my kids start tugging at me to meet their needs. I wash, dry, and (kinda) put away 1 load of laundry each day so there are no huge piles of clothes waiting to bury me. I’ve also started delegating age appropriate responsibilities to my kids, because they need to practice serving their family too…to name a few.
My word for 2018 is present. I’m still working out what that word will mean over every aspect of my life this coming year, but here’s what I have so far: turning off all alerts on my phone (except for calls and my husband’s texts), so that I can be present to what is going on right in front of me instead of being distracted by alerts. Finishing my work day first, so that I have the rest of the day to be present in my home without the mental reminder hanging over my head all day. Buying some noise-cancelling headphones so I can be present at work during the times my kids are awake. Out-sourcing a few homeschool subjects (online) that we just don’t have time to get to. That way, I can take the pressure off of myself to have to teach everything and be their cheerleader instead. And finally, lots and lots of reading aloud time. There is no better way, in my opinion, to be present and deepen relationships with your kids, then to enjoy a good story together. Especially THE ULTIMATE story.
2018, I can’t wait to get this year started.