It has been about 6 months since I started this new blogging adventure of mine. I have to tell you, it has been an interesting 6 months. I had NO idea it would be so completely time consuming. I had NO idea that I would need to be so tech savvy. I had NO idea that I was such a terrible typist and proof reader. I had NO idea that actually writing a post would be so different than having an idea. But, with all that said, I also had NO idea I would be so connected to the people who email me and let me know what is going on in their own lives. I am so grateful for each and every person.
Now, the ‘experts’ say that I need to have one blog topic – so that I can focus on that topic. But, because I am a rebel at heart, I decided I wanted to be a lifestyle blogger – someone who blogs about…..whatever – daily life, planning parties, crafting, money, children/motherhood, marriage or vacations. I even have a YouTube channel – check it out (and while you are there you may as well subscribe – so you don't miss any exciting videos). I usually have alot going on and some things are definitely blog worthy. Although, sometimes things are calm around here and there isn’t much to say (which is not very typical in my life).
Before I started my blog I felt really busy. I told my sister today – ‘I get up every day at 5 AM and by 9 AM I feel like I am behind’. How can that be? What do I really do? How can I be so busy? Shouldn’t I be retired? I am not sure why I decided to add something else to my life. Well, that is not exactly a true statement. I did (and do) know why. Check out my ‘Why I Became a Blogger’ post here. In the meantime….I feel that I have lived a full and wide open life and have lots of useful knowledge that I wanted to share. Life is tough no matter how you look at it…..some of us get thru the tough stretches victorious and some of us …not so much. My hope is that women of all ages will travel their life’s highway with less baggage, and become wiser and inspired to live a fuller and richer life.
Anyway, back to being busy….a lot of that busyness has to do with moving into a new home. It literally took 6 weeks to unpack – we are classic examples of over consumerism. I think it took a week just to unpack my craft room. (See my amazing Craft Room Tour here). We are also both Virgos – and love organization. Everything has to have a home and a place (mostly so I can find it later). Part of the busy is planting new things in the yard, being home for workers and filling in the decorating gaps. Another part of my busy is my crafting – I love making and sending cards – check out those posts HERE. I love making Christmas presents and I plan for those months in advance. And, I love company, parties and visiting my kids – all of that takes time….and planning.
In order for me to be able to keep my head above water I have to be organized. I am a big list maker. (When I grew up my dad had lists. I found out, when I got older, that those lists were for my mom and us kids – haha!!!) I have a long term list, a weekly list and a daily list. I also have a list for outstanding items. E.g. – I make a phone call and leave a message. (Almost all of my lists are notes on my mac – I love my notes. I can print them out or delete as I complete each.)
Example – I just spent the morning going thru the yarn that I wanted to give away (unfortunately my yarn is not cotton or washable wool for blankies and hats). I posted it on Ebay – that in itself took hours. Selling it has been on my list for 6 months – I decided to tackle it today because I couldn’t fit it all into a cabinet. Necessity is the mother of invention for sure. And, that was not on my list for today….or even next week.
Getting organized can be tough, especially if you aren’t used to it. I have a few blog posts coming out soon to help you out. In the meantime here are just a few things to get you started.
Knowing where things are, being able to actually find them, and being able to focus on other things is a huge reduction in stress. It eliminates the mad dash for shoes, packing lunches, ‘MOM – WHERE IS MY MATH HOMEWORK?’, not having all the ingredients when you are making dinner, and all those little stresses that make us moms lose our temper and snap at our family.
Will I always be busy? Probably. Back in the day, I had a business called ‘Busy Hands’. Whether it be needlepoint, card making, cooking or typing…..my hands are always busy. I love making and giving away. I love sharing handmade kindness. I love people. I hope and pray that my hands won’t fail me. A friend recently told me about her Grandmother – she was a big time crocheter and made afghans for everyone. She developed Alzheimers and didn’t recognize anyone, but she would sit in her chair and her hands would move, mimicking the crochet movements. That will be my hands – I just wonder what memory they will share.
Do you have any BIG things coming up? Or have you added any recently? Such as –
I hope you find this a tad helpful. Figure out what needs to be done. Find your staging area, make at least one list, and enjoy a few moments of life stress free. Don’t forget to look at my craft room – this is the ultimate in organization and might give you a few ideas. In the next month or so I will have a post about what to look for in organizing your house (beginning with the pantry and your closets) – stay tuned. I also have someone who organizes for a business – she is located in Ohio BUT does consultations over the phone and is very very good. She helped me with a lot in my craft room. If you would like her number please reply to this email – I would be happy to give it to you – just tell her Jane sent you.
And sometimes, when you are overwhelmed, stress sets in.
And when stress sets in it is sometimes difficult to be happy or joyful. So, please don’t let stress have the last word!
Go on and take a look at the ‘Top 5 Stress Reducers’ (Action Plan included). So that you can eliminate what causes you stress and get on the path of living a joyful life.
Joyful Living is ALL about not letting let the circumstances of YOUR life determine who you really are. You learn to choose YOU instead! Not sure how to do that? Let me help!
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