Friday, July 3, 2015

Let's Get Organized!

(A mom I used to work for used to sing a little diddy Let's get organized to the tune of Olivia Newton John's Let's Get Physical, it always made me giggle)
Some goodies from around my apartment, things that are intentional, aesthetically pleasing and good reminders. I need more of this kind of  decorating in my home
About a year ago God prompted me to purge. I've tried to be obedient in that area but it's been a slow process to say the least. I'm a pack rat by nature and sentimental to boot so I thought emotionally it would be difficult. Surprisingly enough the emotional part hasn't been the hard part. Which I guess just goes to show that really was a prompting from God, because he will equip you for anything he guides you to. God is God of peace and order (1 Corinthians 14:33) and I need to take that to heart more. 

I've noticed especially lately that as work is busier and internally things are chaotic the more and more my home becomes chaotic. This needs to stop. 

Over the last few weeks we have kicked the purging into high gear. Currently half our living room is piled high with stuff for a garage sale we're having tomorrow. We've gone through so much and gotten rid of so much but the more I look around the more just clutter I see.

I see other peoples homes that are pretty clutter free and I ask myself, how do they do it? Part of the problem is both my husband and I are collectors. we've been trying to be more intentional with what we collect and what we bring into our home, but that doesn't account for the stuff we already have.

So physically, time wise up to this point it's been a slow process but now I'm ready for my home to be more organized, intentional. 

I've come across a few resources that I'm sure many of you have heard of but are new to me:

The Fly Lady  this is for cleaning/organizing. I've heard of her before but that's about the extent, I found her via Instagram through another blogger that I'll talk about. I haven't looked too much but she has easy tips for breaking your home into zones to not get overwhelmed, I think this will help me alot. 

Jen Plans I found her through Instagram as well and hers is all about organizing your life over all; finances, health, home, family. She uses an Erin Condren Life Planner primarily. I got one of these for Christmas and have been using it this year and loving it, but after finding Jen I know I could be utilizing it so much more then I am. I am a very visual person so being able to see all parts of my life written out and when things need to get done helps me alot. Part of my life being so busy is usually a good thing for me because I'm a procrastinator. If I only have a certain time to get something done I usually do IF I have a plan. A big part of why nothing has been getting done lately is because I haven't been planning and I just see all that needs to be done and get overwhelmed and then nothing gets done. 

Organization for me in general is something I love, but am not naturally good at so hopefully these resources will help as much as I think they will. The tag line on Jen's blog is "Get Organized. Then Get it done" and I think that's just what I need to do.

How about you? are you naturally an organized person? what's helped you organize your home? I'll take any tips I can get.

Just Write

I miss this place, I miss free time to write, to quilt, to craft. I've been working alot and studying alot and working. I texted my bff the other day and the jist was this: My day is shower workcoffeeworkcoffee sleep and repeat. Thankfully I love my job but between the increase in hours and the fact we don't have a working car right now I'm gone from 6:30 to at least 6:30 M-F. By the time I get home and throw something together there's little physical or mental energy left for anything fun. I'll finally have the inspiration and a few minutes to kill, I pull out the laptop and I have 48 updates just to turn on my computer. It's all been just too annoying. 

The work is good because we're saving for a new car, for me to go back to school for my teaching credential, and to pay off student loans . It's what needs to be done right now, it's a season and wont last forever but in the middle of it its exhausting.

Fortunately I'm off today and decided to Just Write. There's been ideas for posts floating around my head that hopefully I can get written soon. The big one being finding contentment in the middle of a storm. So many people close to me, myself included are dealing with some real struggles right now and it's so easy to go to negative and focus on all the turmoil and not the blessings, because there's always blessings to be found.

I think I need to take a break from, It's something I've been contemplating for a while (mainly because the vast number of pregnant women, and pregnancy announcements make me grumpy and sad) but also because it's all so political these days. I'm all for freedom of speech but the main reason I use in the first place is to keep in touch with friends and family that live far away. The politics, while important (very important) topics are just becoming loud, angry, noise. There are proper forums for real (REAL) change and I don't believe posting or tweeting from the safety of your smart phone is the proper forum. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

I had to stop at the store on Saturday for extra butter for a cupcake challenge I was participating in (more on that later + recipes)and was like I don't want to have to come back here, so I meal planned in the produce section. 

Another busy week so keeping it simple. Lavash is a middle eastern flat bread. I don't know what its supposed to be used for but we spread hummus on it, throw in whatever veggies we happen to have, roll it up, cut it sushi style and voila! easy dinner. The package always comes with way more then we need for one dinner so we started using it as a pizza crust. Really good with bbq sauce, sounds weird but try it!

Meal Plan W/E 3/14/15

Sunday: Baked Potatoes and green salad 

Monday: Lavash wraps

Taco Tuesday: Chickpea tacos with rice

Wednesday:  Church night- leftovers

Thursday: last week of mens group- going to try and bake some sort of desert.
Class for me

Friday: Lavash Pizza with green salad

Saturday: Polenta bake

Also on hand: veggie curry, raviolis, and burrito bowls 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

A few weeks ago a friend asked me about meal planning. She's a single person on a budget and wants to start to doing it. It had been a while since I've really meal planned. Life (mostly work) has gotten in the way. It got my wheels turning, remembering what helped me when I first started. I sent her some links with such warnings as "you're going to have to adapt it because that person meal plans for a family of 5, and shops for a whole month" or "ignore their actual price breakdowns because they live in the middle of no where and don't have the living in the city surcharge to deal with"

which really got me thinking- there's not much out there as far as budgeting/ meal planning for couples and singles or anyone living in a city. 

So I'll be doing more of that on here-reinstating Meal Plan Monday along with other posts on how to maximize a budget, have a well stocked pantry in a small space, throwing together meals on a busy week and so forth. 

Meal Plan W/E 3/7/15

Monday:  Pesto pasta with green salad 

Taco Tuesday: BBQ chickpea tacos with Spanish rice (double batch of rice to use later in the week)

Wednesday: I never make it home before church, it will either be leftovers or sandwiches 

Thursday: Class/ Men's group- the guys will have snacks 

Friday: Black bean and Sweet potato enchiladas with roasted red pepper enchilada sauce and Spanish rice.

Saturday:  Veggie Curry 

Also on hand: Polenta casserole, Baked Potatoes 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Clearing out the cobwebs

Dear Blog,

   I have not forgotten about you, I promise. I have posts and musings rambling all around my head. I have pictures taken and sorted that I would love to share. Life has  just gotten in the way. 

2014 has been full of ups and downs, such is life. I've let the twists in the road, the disappointments outweigh the joys which has prevented me from writing. Which is just silly. (Both on the writing part and not giving more weight to the good things that have happened)

2015 is looking like a year of transitions, a year to trust God more and let my fears and heartache control me less. 

This isn't about resolutions, or 2015 will be this or that or the other thing. Or promises of posting every Monday. It's about realigning my priorities and time management. Sharing the good and the bad and not holding back.

I start now by dusting off the proverbial cobwebs and saying "Hi"

So, hello! I hope whoever is reading this has been able to remember the good more then the bad and remember whatever rough patches you're currently in, it's only for a season. Together lets not dwell, lets find the lesson in the storm. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Spring/Summer/Fall Cleaning

We've been in purge/project mode around here for the last few months. I came home one day and my dear husband had boxed up all his desk stuff. It's still sitting in boxes in our dining room as it was an act before he thought moment. we have the plans for a new desk but hadn't done the budget or made the final decisions. Oh, and I haven't boxed up my stuff. Minor details.

Our running joke around here is that we're sorry excuses for adults. Yes on paper we are,  in reality we can't keep our apartment organized. Partly it's a space issue, partly we were just never organized in the first place. Really though we just can't keep our desk and bedroom from exploding with life (flat surfaces!). Well we're over that, which really goes back to the theme from the women's retreat I attended this spring- See change as necessary. I love it when things circle back.

Well now that we see it, we've been acting. Tossing out stuff left and right. It's felt good but with work and life the whole thing is taking longer then I would like. Also everything has felt half done. I decided to do something about that tonight and rearrange some stuff to make a couple of spots look intentional rather then holding places for random stuff. In reality the  frames need to be repainted, (that yellow! what was I thinking?) and there's a fourth frame that needs a picture but for now I can look at these and smile, rather then them buried under random stuff on the desk. 

I'm pretty happy with the top of the book shelf and would like to leave it but that spot is pretty fluid (it's our mantle at Christmas for the stockings) and never stays the same for long. Love that plant there though. I'm taking care of it for a friend while shes in NY working for the summer, but she may not get it back!

I'm off early today and I've told myself it's just the opportunity I need to purge my desk and I think that I'll follow through on that thought. 

It's time.

How about you have you ever put something off and feel so good once you do it you have no idea why you put it off in the first place?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Faith & Obedience (Part II)

2 years ago next month I wrote this on faith and obedience. I was fresh off a mission trip during which faith and obedience wasn't asked but required. I came  back asking what does that look like in my day to day life?

I will be lying if I said I have done great in walking in obedience in His will for my life, I've failed quite miserably in fact. But these notions have been popping back up again over the last few months.

You see also during that trip during chapel time for just our group God prodded at me saying that the current career path I was on (I'm a nanny) wasn't what He wanted for me. That I was substituting other people's children for the ones I do not yet have of my own and not utilizing the full skill set and potential He has bestowed upon me. Heavy stuff to say the least.

I acquiesced that and said Ok God, if not that then what? It's been a steady prayer for two years. A few months ago He started to answer that prayer. I'm still praying on it and seeking His guidance but of all the great plans I've come up with this is one I've dismissed since I was literally 14 out of fear. Isn't that just God- to say step out of your comfort zone and trust me?

 It's quite nice though because I've been getting comforting confirmation in this area through sermons at church. Last Wednesday it was about sacrificing that which is hard for you for His kingdom and today was about stepping out of your comfort zone.

All along with some other promptings by my loving Father I can see that He is setting me up for something and it's exciting and terrifying and I just need to remember to try and trust him