Konmari all the things. In the past two days I have gone through sweaters, shirts, pants, skirts, scarves, socks, bracelets, shorts, necklaces, rings, bags, books, notebooks, binders, magazines, and pictures. We made one massive trip to Goodwill with another planned. I recycled three paper grocery bags full of papers. I condensed over three boxes of photographs … Continue reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Part III)
This Christmas, I asked for Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. If you've read any articles on Kondo's method of tidying you may feel that she's slightly batty. Or entirely batty. But you may also feel that she is onto something worth learning. Kondo begins her … Continue reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Part I)
It was a crazy first day back in the office today and I didn't leave to pick up Emma until 5:30pm. This meatless meal took 45 minutes to cook but it was well worth the wait, even after forgetting to put in any of the seasoning. 😂 Thanks to Taste Love and Nourish for the recipe!
It's that time of year again. The time when you look back at what you've accomplished and what you've put off. The time to decide if you're going to give your resolutions another go, replace them, or ignore them. 2015, I promised you some things: Be a more conscious consumer. Over the past year, I … Continue reading 2015 More to 2016 Measure: New Year Resolutions
I don't make a resolution every year but some years find me teetering on the edge of growth, looking for that extra push. That conscious decision to grow. Perhaps this year it's motherhood, my daughter's own teetering serving as a visual reminder of my own. Whatever the case, I have decided to make several resolutions … Continue reading New Year's Resolutions
What will people say about me as I draw my final earthly breaths? If I could choose (and ultimately I do choose by the way I live my life), I would want people to say things like: She's God-fearing. She had a great sense of humor. She loved her family. She was compassionate. She was … Continue reading What Legacy am I Creating?
My husband and I have recently taken up dog sitting. Not for profit but for love and, to be completely honest, with hope of reciprocation. When you become a dog parent, you start to do these crazy favors so that when the time comes, your friends will feel obligated to the same level of crazy. … Continue reading Dog friends, you've been warned!
In Bittersweet, Shauna Niequist writes the following words, words that resonate so deeply within my tensed muscles that I nearly felt relaxed to read to them:She writes, "This winter, I got the kind of tired that you can't recover from, almost like something gets altered on a cellular level, and you begin to fantasize about what … Continue reading The Inefficient Multi-Tasker
It's cold. More accurately, it's 50 degrees but the Internet weather site states that it feels like 44. My logical brain tells me that if we were just leaving the icy grip of winter, this weather would be warm enough for short sleeves and rolled down windows, but it isn't the break of winter and … Continue reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
I have been spending a lot more time in the Word lately (a relative statement). Not simply "the written word" as if I've suddenly began devouring book after book, but The Word. The Bible. I joined a small group bible study, which I have been putting off for some time, following the gentle insistence of a friend. I also … Continue reading The Word