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I Used to Be So Organized (Part 1)

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Are you joining us for this week’s Book Club Book?

Today, we’re reading Section One of I Used to Be So Organized (chapters 1-3, pages 17-43), which talks about why you might be feeling overwhelmed and disorganized. I loved how Glynnis addresses the heart behind disorganization.

Honestly and truthfully, my life has felt kind of out of control much of the time the past few months. I’ve had too much on my plate, I’ve been juggling too many balls, and I’ve felt like I’m just barely getting everything done by the skin of my teeth. I’ve been late, behind, and overwhelmed more times than I care to count.

Some of this is related to launching a book, training a new team member, being in the middle of some big decisions with our business, dealing with difficult situations close to me that are currently requiring a lot of extra time, thought, and investment, and just also the normal stuff of being a wife and mom.

Things came to a head on Friday when I was super late for an appointment and because I was so stressed about being late, I took two very wrong turns and ended up lost… which only added to my stress levels. That day, I drew a line in the sand to say, “I don’t want to live like this anymore!”

I took the weekend off and spent time just thinking through what was and wasn’t working, what I could change, and how we could change our schedule so that I stopped living life so much in the frantic and panic zone.

I tweaked some things around on our daily schedule and picked two areas that I really wanted to work on this week:

  1. I am not going to check email until after 12:30 p.m. each day. I’ve been training, Meg, my new virtual assistant, in the last two months and she’s now overseeing my main inbox during the morning so that I can fully focus on homeschooling and my family. I was still checking in on my email early in the morning, though, and getting distracted by to-do’s and projects. So I’m committing not to check email until after 12:30 p.m.
  2. I’m going to aim to be on time for my Periscopes each day. As I mentioned in my scope this morning, I’ve been late for a LOT of things recently — not only deadlines and appointments, but also my scopes. They are supposed to be at 7:30 a.m. CT and 3 p.m. CT and well, I’ve been 10-20 minutes late almost every single day. This is usually because I didn’t plan well ahead of time. I wait until the last minute to plan my scope and get ready for my scope… which always takes longer than I guesstimate! So yes, I need to work on that!

I’d love to hear from YOU. What 1-2 areas in your life do you want to work on this week? Leave a comment and let us know so we can be accountable to each other this week.

Next Week’s Book “Club” Selection: I Used To Be So Organized

I Used To Be So Organized Book Club

Thank you so much to those of you who voted on the next title for our book club!

I’m excited that we have a winner… it’s I Used To Be So Organized by Glynnis Whitwer. This book looks so good and has come highly recommended to me!

If you’d like to join us, you can borrow or buy a copy in the next few days and then plan to join me on Monday where I’ll be scoping and blogging through the book each weekday next week.

How to Make Your Home Feel Like a Warm Hug

Make Your Home Feel Like a "Warm Hug!"

So I’ve been scoping about our book club book this week, but I’ve not had a chance to actually get the thoughts in my head down on paper!

In section 2, I loved these two quotes:

“Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” -Albert Hadley

When you look at your home, how do you feel? Do you exhale and relax, soaking in your blessings? Do you want to invite someone over for a cup of tea or coffee? A warm, inviting home doesn’t have to be a perfectly ordered home. It is just one that says, I value myself, I value my family, and I value relationships. Basically, when you walk into a nourishing home it feels like you’re walking into a hug.”

That inspired me so much! I want my home to be like a warm and welcoming to my family and all who walk through its doors.

And from section 3:

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” -Steve Maraboli

Whoa! That’s powerful stuff!

I want to be unapologetically myself — comfortable in my perfect imperfection. This doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t work on improving and growing as a person, but I want to embrace my gifts, quirks, and passions instead of being what I think maybe I “should” be or what someone “wants” me to be.

I’d love hear your thoughts on these quotes. And if you’re reading Nourished alongside me this week, I’d love to hear anything that is sticking out to you!

A search for health, happiness, and a good night’s sleep

Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep

Are you following along with this week’s Book Club Book? We’re going through Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Good Night’s Sleep. Here were a few thoughts I had after reading Part 1 (chapters 1, 2, and 3):

I loved this quote: “I came to the diving realization that if I were going to survive a life of more pouring out, physically and emotionally, I must be more diligent about pauses for refilling. I needed to regularly nourish myself if I was going to take on caring for so many others.”

Yes. This. And it’s something I can so easily forget. If I’m pouring and pouring and pouring, but never replenishing myself, of course I’m going to feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Refueling is so vital to a healthy, vibrant life.

This quote packed a punch: “Maybe you don’t need a new job, but a fresh attitude instead. Maybe you don’t need to lose twenty pounds, you just need to love the body you are in…”

Whoa! Those are powerful words, aren’t they?? How often are we pining away for greener pastures instead of loving the ground we’re already on?

Note: Watch the last five minutes of my Morning Motivation Show from this morning for more about what I learned from this book.

Did you read Part 1 of Nourished? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it or your thoughts on what I wrote above.

Tomorrow, we’ll be reading section 2 (chapters 4, 5, and 6). You’re welcome to join us! I always talk about what I’m learning on my Morning Motivation show on Periscope and then will also post a short post about it on the blog, as well!

Simply Tuesday: Rest, a slowed-down pace, and being authentic about our struggles

Simply Tuesday

Okay, so I’m way behind on getting the Simply Tuesday posts up. I was in Indianapolis the past two days so I could speak at MomCon yesterday.

Since all my health stuff in the last few weeks, I had to focus all of my energy the past few days just on speaking and interacting with attendees. I had hoped to have a little extra in the tank to write a few blog posts, but I just didn’t. I had a few things pre-scheduled and my wonderful assistant helped post some other things, but other than speaking and engaging with attendees, I pretty much spent the rest of the time sleeping or resting!

Simply Tuesday

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{It feels so weird to not be able to go full-steam like I usually can. I usually juggle a lot and have a lot of irons in the fire, but right now, I am having to majorly pace myself in order to not overdo it.

While it’s been hard for me, it’s been so good for me. I’m learning to really slow down, to focus on the most important priorities, and to let a lot of other things go. I’m learning to listen to my body, to give myself enormous amounts of grace, and to relish and savor rest.}

Simply Tuesday

I did get to see Emily Freeman in person at MomCon and do a quick video with her about her book. Watch it here.

Three of my favorite quotes from the last two sections of the book were:

#1: “I think I recognize in myself a hesitancy to admit my struggle for fear it will incriminate me, branding me as a woman who has a beautiful life but doesn’t appreciate it.”

This section of the book really resonated with me as honestly, it was hard for me to blog about my health struggles the last few weeks as they felt so small an inconsequential compared to other people’s much, much bigger trials.

I didn’t want to be branded as a woman who has a beautiful life and is totally not recognizing it. At the same time, though, I had to remind myself that many other people are probably in a similar situation.

By me sharing how I’m walking this out, I realized I might be able to encourage others who feel like they are struggling from something that also seems “inconsequential” in the grand scheme of things, but that is really bogging them down and discouraging them. I felt like maybe my honest sharing would help someone else feel like they weren’t alone.

Simply Tuesday

#2: “…I remind myself that relief will neither be found in continuing to chase an ideal of my productive self nor in shaming myself for my inability to get everything done.”

Neither chasing after perfectionism nor speaking shaming messages to myself is going to be a healthy way to live.
#3: “Small things don’t always turn into big things. But all things begin small, especially in the Kingdom of God. Acorns become oak trees. Embryos become President. Life starts with a breath. Love starts with hello.”

I thought this was the perfect paragraph to end this series with as it was a beautiful reminder to me that those little “small” things are often the start of something that can end up being very life-transforming. So it’s important not to overlook them, not to view “small” as negative, and not to spend life missing the beauty in small while chasing after what we think is big and great.

Small is almost always where it starts.

Simply Tuesday

I know that I’m giving you almost zero notice on this (unless you watch my Periscope show — then you already know this because I shared it a few days ago!), but I’m planning to start blogging through Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep on Monday.

The book is split into 5 sections, so I’m planning to share about one section each week day. That’s the plan at least… life might happen and I may need to roll with the punches. We’ll see!

Simply Tuesday: On Doing Less & Sleeping More

Simply Tuesday: Day 2

Reading Simply Tuesday while waiting at the DMV for a very long time today.

Section two of Simply Tuesday was so, so good. Words that my soul needed to hear and be reminded of.

I had trouble narrowing things down to just a handful of quotes to share.

“Effort toward excellence in my work can silently morph into effort toward perfection in my soul.”

That packs a punch! Striving for excellence is good, but if I start striving for perfectionism, praise, and to please people, I have missed the mark.

Here was another powerful quote: “When I’m performing for my own acceptance, burnout is always the result.”

If you’re feeling worn down and worn out, take a step back and examine if any of the exhaustion is a result of trying to earn someone else’s acceptance. Are you only saying “yes” to that opportunity because you want someone to like you? Are you only volunteering or sending that email or showing up for that event just so someone else will be impressed with you?

Simply Tuesday

This is something I’m really working on in my own life. I want people to like me. I want people to think highly of me. And I don’t want to disappoint people.

But I just can’t do it all. I can’t even come close.

I’m really working on focusing on being wise, not awesome. For me, this means that I’m slowing down, streamlining, and stepping back. I’m doing less and resting more. I’m accomplishing less and sleeping more.

It feels less productive, but it’s restorative… and that’s what my soul and body need right now.

Simply Tuesday

Two more quotes from this section I especially loved:

  • “In my own life, I recognize my tendency to look over at the work of others rather than down at the work in front of me.”
  • “The best way to sabotage my own success is to be obsessed with someone else’s.”

Did you read the second section of Simply Tuesday? If so, I’d love to hear what sections impacted you or challenged you. Tomorrow, we’ll read section 3 (pages 117-157).