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“I need to stop learning and start doing!”


The following is a testimony from Evangeline that I thought many of you would find encouraging:

Thank you for your blog. I’ve been following it for years, and as a young mama of 3 littles, your posts have taught me, sharpened me, and most of all encouraged me when I was feeling overwhelmed. Thank you. You have been such a friend and mentor to me! 🙂

Today, I put the kids down for a nap and checked what you posted for the day, as I often do. But then I realized something important. I needed to stop learning and start doing.

Thanks to you, I KNOW the importance of routine, of saving money, of stopping and taking the special time with my kids, of doing a load a day all the way through and so much more. But knowing isn’t the final step! I need to get to the doing!

Sometimes I’m tempted to just read how great your goals are and not set my own. To see you tackle your laundry pile while my grows as I sit behind the computer. I applaud you grabbing life by the horns, but my dreams and visions just stay on the back burner.

Just wanted to write this because I feel like many of your readers may be in the same place. There are many people daily discovering your blog that have a lot to learn. But I feel that more than them, there are many of us long-time readers that KNOW a lot, have learned a lot and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and put it into practice!

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  • Sarah says:

    I think she is totally onto something here. I know I personally spend way too much time thinking about things I want to do and not nearly enough actually putting my thoughts and ideas into action.

  • Lora says:

    I could not have said it better myself!!! I have come to the same realization not only with things that I have learned on Money Saving Mom, but also in sermons that I hear, books that I read, on Sparkpeople (a great, free website dedicated to healthy weight loss), and more. I am beginning to put into practice what I have learned!

  • Jaime says:

    Yep, Evangeline is on to something!

  • Agnes says:

    so true…and really spoke to my heart. Enough already Agnes 🙂 Get workin’ girl! Stop reading “how to” books and just DO 🙂

  • Tracy S. says:

    Wise woman. She just stepped on my toes a bit. 😉

  • Jody says:

    A huge Amen to this! I am with you Evangeline and encouraged by this post. Thanks for sharing! This has been something I’ve been feeling lately, some serious conformation here.

  • Shauna Read says:

    This is has been on my mind lately but reading it from someone else is what I need to get going and make some changes and get some things done I have been putting off.

  • Flo says:

    My bed is made daily, the kitchen is cleaned up daily, the winter clothes are parked and waiting to go into storage–yeah I’m blaming the delay on the cold spell a week or so ago. I am getting good at cleaning the bathroom when I go in for a shower, and I even got the laundry soap made last night. But the rest of the house… not yet. The yard and garden are calling for attention, and I should be leaving for prayer meeting about now. And I have to fill that soap jug and drop it off… Well, it’s better than it was 30 years ago, so there is still hope! Best wishes to all of you and I appreciate the tone of the comments I usually read on this site. Keep up the good work!

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  • Debbie says:

    This is spot on! I’m a great learner, but the doing is the hard part!

  • Tamboliya says:

    Amen! You took the words right out of my mouth! 🙂 I can relate to this! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Yes! This is me too. Thank you for posting.

  • So so so true! Part of my problem is the sleep thing – I feel like I know what I need to be doing, but just don’t have enough ENERGY to get it all done. But, this is also a season with 3 little ones under 4, so I try not to beat myself up too much! 🙂

  • Paula says:

    I’ve been telling myself this same thing for a while now. Praying that this post is the kick I need to get to the “Doing” part of my journey! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Tammy says:

    Wow I thought it was just me. I have so many pintrest pins, ebooks, email groups and facebook groups in my electronic library I should be the most organized, skinny, spiritual, healthy and sucessful person I know. But doing is another story. I let life get in my way. Today i start. I’ll get back with you on my journey. Thanks

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  • kariane says:

    We all have areas where this applies. Knowing is only the first step. Okay, off to DO. 🙂

  • JOLINDA says:

    What a wonderful and motivating post! I needed that “push.” I saw a cartoon recently that sums up my learning and not doing. It says “Honey, can you pick up dinner? I’ve been pinning recipes all day.”

  • Lisa says:

    Would any of you be interested in being accountability partners to help us move from learning to doing?

  • stephanie says:

    She is speaking my heart.

  • Joy Francis says:

    I just posted this on “I want to start a blog, but isn’t the market already saturated?”

    Joy Francis says
    May 29, 2015 at 10:32 am
    I have purchased my .com with Go Daddy(R). I have not yet set up this blog site. My goal is to have blogs written on 15 short topics and 5 long topics before I set up the blog. My problem right now is ”Writer’s block.” I have the topics already started. Do you have any suggestions you can share with us to break through this hurdle?

    I, also, need to stop the over learning and start doing.
    I would appreciate any suggestions you have to offer. Thanks for being the “Money Saving Mom(R).

  • This is an excellent testimony to share with your readers! Thank you to Evangeline for being so honest. Crystal, as I was reading “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode,” I made myself “obey” you by actually listing my goals and setting my priorities, on paper, as you suggested in your book. It took me a while to read through, but I am so much better for it since I took the time to actually DO what was being taught. We kind of have information overload, which sometimes it leads us to being less productive, so thanks for the reminder to be faithful, even in the little things (like laundry!), to put into practice the wisdom we’ve gained. Thank you!

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