There are two things that make me sooooo much less of a nice human. One is having to repeat myself. MUCH, much worse though is when I'm running late. It is not a pretty picture. It is behaviour unbecoming. I'm not proud of how it changes me as a mom, as a wife, even as a driver on the road. Knowing that it's like the Mr. Hyde juice to my Dr. Jekyll, the Hulk serum to my Bruce Banner, I've made some modifications in our lives so I can stay away from the dark side.
Happy Sunday! I hope you're having a great day! On Sunday's, I like to do alllll the planning for the week while I'm calm, relaxed and happy. Before I sit down with my hubby for our marriage meeting, I get my own things in line. Want to take a peek at my plan? Maybe it … Continue reading Sunday planning
This weekend I checked myself into rehab. Not that kind of rehab. No, I checked myself into a hotel room where I'd spend the next 48 hours alone if I chose. I'd spend time quiet, contemplative. Mostly, I'd spend time doing what I want. I've got a line in my book that says: Moms fantasize about … Continue reading Going solo
Routine acts like a safety net to a child where so much is constantly changing. It’s so hard being a kid. You know, having someone cook for you, change your diapers, carry you everywhere and provide for all your needs. No wait, that’s not the hard part. What’s hard is that their brains, their bodies, their grade level and their eating habits are constantly changing. It can be pretty tough for a little person. Having a routine means they have something constant, they have reassurance that some things are predictable.
The goal with simplifying our homes is to make things really easy to put away which, coincidentally, also makes them easy to get out. That’s how we keep the clutter monster from returning.
And that reality is harsh. I see many women lacking the self worth to set proper boundaries. They are showing their family love by doing everything for them. But they aren't showing themselves any love. While that seems saintly and selfless, it ends up giving society women who are unhappy, stressed, anxious, tired, sick, mean, in need of rehab or wanting a divorce. No, really. Boundaries are a tough part of adulting, especially since we've probably jacked them up to begin with. But we can change and so can they.
Laying out your ideal week allows you to brain dump everything, get it all out on the table and really see what needs to happen in order for you to get everything done you're hoping to get done.
I've been thinking about how time is our greatest resource. Unfortunately, many of us feel out of control with how we get to use that time. In fact, one really cool analogy my mentor Michael Hyatt uses is to think of time like a financial budget. If you were to sit down and make a … Continue reading Time budget
This saved us from having to waste time each month remembering passwords (the worst) and paying bills manually. It also saved both of us from worrying if we had enough money in our accounts because we forgot a bill. And, hello, it made sure all the bills got paid.
You need to have a back up plan! I live my life according to lessons learned on Friends. In Friends, Phoebe suggests to Rachel she should get a back up in case she isn't married by 40. So, naturally Rachel tried to ask her friends Ross and Joey to be her back up. She realizes then that Phoebe has cunningly committed BOTH men as a back up to the back up. And so it shall be for us. Here are 4 back up plans in case dinner just escaped you...