Dec 262015
 

Do you spend more time planning your day than you do actually checking things off of your to-do list? Are you working from home and struggling to balance business and pleasure, or business and household tasks? With these 6 tips to staying on track you will be well on your way to being more productive in less time, while improving your overall health!

  1. A morning routine

    This is the cornerstone to having a productive day. Part of a morning routine is waking up at a designated time, if you are like me and you can sleep in every day then great, but don’t push past a certain time. Set your alarm for what works for you whether it’s 4am or 10am and GET UP when it goes off. Have a shower, breakfast, Bible time, and don’t slip pj’s back on. I’m not saying you need to get dressed in a suit but tossing on clothes you would be comfortable answering the door in is a great start, add in hair and a little makeup and you are mentally going to be ready to go.

  2. Important things first

    Getting your most important task done first will help you to feel accomplished and therefore encouraged to get on to the more menial things you need to tackle in a day. It is also an awesome way to know that if a child falls ill or something comes up you have already finished what was number one on the list instead of being rushed around and staying up late trying to complete it when you are weary.

  3. Schedule your time

    Another load of dishes or a basket full of laundry may be something you need to do each day while you are working from home. You would be surprised how much time it really takes to get these things done when you stop procrastinating. You can easily get all the dishes finished and put away in 15 minutes. Don’t believe me? Set a timer and get to work. When it goes off look at how much you have accomplished and take note of that so you can easily schedule it in and not be pulled down by procrastination. If something does take you a long time and you feel like there must be a better way, it may simply be that you have too much stuff. Decluttering, even a little bit, while you clean up, goes a long way to making regular tasks, like putting away clothes, go a lot quicker and more smoothly. And the bonus is when you get dressed the next day everything is in its proper place!

  4. Unsubscribe and turn off notifications

    If you like a Facebook page, follow someone on Pinterest or Instagram or are active on Twitter or Periscope schedule that in so you don’t get distracted. Don’t even open these time-stealing apps until you have time to relax for a bit. It becomes far too easy to be checking our notifications and replying to the next cute photo when we should be actively working. Shutting off notifications means we won’t be sidetracked by constant alerts on our phones, tablets or even PC. If you are getting trapped in the land of email take 5 minutes each day as you go through and purposely unsubscribe to emails you would normally not even open that are just making your inbox feel daunting. This may take you several weeks as every mailing is scheduled a little differently, but once you have finished your inbox should be full of things important to you and not full of time-bandits.

  5. Dedicated workspace

    The idea of a home office is often a dream that turns into a catch all and therefore more anxiety and less work. That said, do your best to set up a little nook in a room that you need to be in throughout the day. I have seen some ladies using a tool tote with their pens, planners and other papers in them so they have all of their office supplies in a grab and go bag that works anywhere in the house. If you are blessed with a desk keep it minimal. Scan or take photos of papers you don’t need to keep and then shred the hardcopy and save the digital. Any papers you do need can easily be filed away. If you can purpose to work in the same area each day and not use that space for leisure you are going to be far more likely to use the time in that space productively while saving the more fun things for later!

  6. Break things up

    If you are working from home then you need to treat your work as a job instead of as a hobby. Blogging can be either or both and sometimes that line can become blurred depending on your current season. Setting up a regular schedule for posts, putting them in your planner, coming up with ideas ahead of time and taking the time to work is all great but what about when we spend too much time doing research or working and the house crumbles? Well that’s why we need to break things up. If you are a work at home mom you need to schedule your work time smartly and schedule in time for household tasks too or you will fall behind and end up spending the late evening playing catch up only to wake up feeling behind. Depending on the ages of your kids this may be a lot easier to schedule than during other seasons. Setting a timer for how long you are going to spend working can be a great reminder for you to take a break and it can also show your children when it is okay for them to take a break too and get ready for lunch or playing outside, etc. And, don’t put in overtime on evenings and weekends!

Bonus Tip!

  1. A night time schedule

    Just as you see children thrive with routine, so do adults. Eat your dinner at roughly the same time each day and clean up those dishes so you can wake to a clean kitchen! It only takes you 15 minutes and will help you to start the day off right. Have a shower or bath to wash the day away, sit back with a good book, TV or check in on social media. Have a time set for bedtime and stick to it! You need to be getting around 8 hours of solid sleep each night, if you wake up at 6 each morning you should be going to bed no later than 10. If you are struggling to fall asleep, try reading a real paper book. The blue light emitted by our electronics has been shown to prevent our brains from realizing that it is as late as it is, so stepping away from the screen an hour before bedtime and getting into a book or your paper planner may just be the screen time detox your body needs to fall asleep when you lay down.

If you work from home or are a stay at home mom/wife/dad/husband, what are your tips to staying on track and getting things done? I would love to know your personal tips/tricks in the comments!!

Nov 262015
 

Today in the USA people from corner to corner sat around table’s big and small enjoying family and friends and good eats. Up here in Canada we did this in October which is equally as fun, though I will say the emphasis seems to be a lot more on family and friends than on the sales the day after. I mean, I get wanting to save money but there is more to this day than the sale on Friday.

They say that Thanksgiving was started with Pilgrims and Indians and all of that Jazz but really, from my perspective as a Christian, I see Thanksgiving beginning at that famous table that da Vinci painted of the last supper. Where Jesus and friends are passing bread and sharing wine. Where the Bible tells us about the upcoming crucifixion and the prophesies that will be fulfilled.

Jesus gave thanks. He sat or stood or did whatever Jesus did and He gave thanks to God the Father, teaching us to give thanks in all things, in all ways, always.

I would love to see more Jesus around the table and less shopping. And any shopping to be done with Jesus in mind. How about supporting Compassion, World Vision, Gospel for Asia, shopping fair trade and supporting the stay at home mama’s who are working from home with their home businesses. Like myself, Plexus is an awesome product that has given people health back, then we have the wonderful Mama’s (and wives) who are selling Avon, Scentsy and so many other amazing and GREAT products that support the seller instead of the billionaire chain store.

Did you know that for 30 dollars you can give medication to 10 children who are at risk of dying from preventable diseases? Did you know that for a couple hundred dollars you could buy livestock for a family so they can not only eat but make money? Did you know that while we sip on coffee and eggnog and all sorts of beverages there are millions of people who are dying, literally -for a single sip of something safe?

So let’s take our Thanks and GIVE because we need to be giving in order to truly receive the bounty of the Holy Spirit. All because Jesus mindfully spoke words of thanks around that table all those years ago!

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Apr 302015
 

I am SOOO excited to share this! Over the last few months I have been doing a lot of card making and scrapbooking and buying new things and could never find exactly what I was looking for, or was finding what I wanted and hoarding it for “later” or the perfect project.

Well, I began to create my own journaling cards and my own papers to print out so that I could stop the hoard and have things I truly love. After quite a bit of activity about some pictures I had posted about the papers I have decided to make them available on Etsy as a download!

To sweeten the pot I have running through Monday a 50% off savings with coupon code NEW50 in celebration of my new store. It will be getting new papers, journaling cards and printables regularly and I am looking into adding other handmade items as well! I would love it if you could stop in and give it a like and show some love!

If you have an Etsy shop let me know in the comments and share your link so I can give you some love back!

Now, I never planned to start selling my designs because well, I like to have personal things, I also know I won’t get rich on Etsy but as a stay at home mom I know my family is costing my parents a lot (we live with them) and I am hoping to pay off debt and be able to help with their mortgage and household costs. It is definitely not something I expect to do completely with Etsy which is why I have begun selling Plexus products as well (and because I LOVE THEM) and I am really hoping we can keep our house and the stability my kids deserve.

I have considered starting up a gofundme account but it sort of feels selfish and I have been praying on it. With me collecting disability for post-traumatic stress disorder due to extreme domestic violence I am really in need of being able to support my family, from home.

Thank you dear friends for reading this through and for any love you can give! It means a lot more than you will ever know!

Apr 012015
 

I haven’t felt much like writing lately. Actually, I haven’t felt like much of anything. I ate yesterday for the first time in a few days. I have a touch of a bug that had my sense of smell out of whack – even the bakery made me nauseous! {say what???}

Even though I am feeling crumby  it is sort of a nice thing because I still don’t feel as bad as I did every single day before I started Plexus. So if this is me being sick I will take it! First year since 2007 that I haven’t had bronchitis or pneumonia with multiple rounds of antibiotics, no coughing until I was sick and no migraines causing me to hole up in a cement bunker without electricity or sound {okay, my basement with everything unplugged and shut off}.

So yeah, I am definitely excited about Plexus and how it has helped me. I also did my weigh in and I am down 26lbs. That is crazy. 26lbs that I had gained because of medications that I won’t ever see again and that have made my clothes fit looser and has inspired me to throw out some of my “fat” clothes even though I am only about a third of the way down in this weight loss goal. I know that tossing those clothes and filling my closet with pieces I LOVE is good for my mentality and is a process in itself of healing. I never thought that I would be the fat girl, but that’s what multiple pregnancies and years of abuse and dealing with the trauma did to me.

I am excited for what the future may hold. I would love to have another baby or two or three or whatever God decides to bless me with and for the first time in about 10 years I feel like I have the energy to do this mom thing and to carry a child within my womb and go through the labor of love to hold a tiny newborn in my arms. I had thought that because of my weight I wouldn’t be able to have more children and that was a sad dream to die, but now, I know that if it is God’s will I can take it on and I will be healthy enough for it all.

Lacking Words

In lacking words to write and things to say I have found myself being creative in other ways.

101_0497I have been doing some art again for the first time in several years, some in one of my Bibles which I never thought I would do and I actually prayed a lot about because I had seen some amazing Bible journaling and I felt like that would be an amazing way for me to get into the Word. So I prayed “Father, is it okay to write in my Bible?” I have a lot of deep theological conversations with God like that. He said “Yes! If it brings you closer to me and puts my Word in you then YES!”101_0499

Turns out my art skills are definitely in the “needs to be worked on” department but the fun thing about art is that all you have to do is create and be in His Word. He doesn’t expect perfection, He wants intention. My Bible is getting highlighted and painted in and draw on and even glued in and I am excited to be in the Word in a different way than normal.101_0491

I also bought a sketch pad and have been doing some bigger Bible art journaling in it, nothing fancy because I don’t have the resources to do fancy but again the intention is to spend time in the Word and I am doing just that.

Planner Girl

I recently discovered this crazy exciting way to express myself and make my journaling and listing more fun and that is through the Planner Girl community on Instagram and Youtube; Using scrapbooking supplies to be creative and to make my journal pages more fun.101_0494

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I started today with an April challenge called Listers Gotta List and I enjoyed creating a pageabout where I am at right now and why. Again, my page wasn’t perfect or even really pretty but it had me use those much talked about Fringe Hours for myself to reflect and just simply enjoy. I feel much like a child cutting and pasting but those childlike moments are an awesome reprieve from the everyday ordinary, especially if the everyday is involving PTSD and pain.

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101_0506I have been sure to put my prayer requests into my journal each day as well as my gratitude because I have found one thing to be true for me and that is if I pray and don’t acknowledge when God has answered and how thenI don’t pray so often because I am missing out on the fruit that he is giving me in His answers.

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101_0509This past week I wrote down twice that I would like even just one day without my back hurting. So yesterday, when I didn’t need a single Tylenol I was full of Hallelujah’s! So often do we only see the hard things and overlook the good things, the good days. In doing so, we are missing out on God, because He is all that is good.

I am striving to see more God (good) and less Satan (bad). Today, my pain is there but not as bad as it was before. I know I am likely to have good days and bad but it is already 4pm and I am only now taking painkillers for the first time since waking up. God is good!

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Nov 192014
 

I am at below five thousand words for my novel  that I began to write. I actually started with a different one but it was triggering my past way to much and causing my PTSD to act up so I switched and oddly enough my story is about a young girl who has been kidnapped. It still rings true to my life but it is about a girl I made up which somehow makes it easier to write. If i combine the two books I have written a little over ten thousand words, which still would leave me behind.

I am excited though even though the progress is slow. I have read so many books for review and for pleasure (and sometimes both!) that I figured it would actually be a very difficult thing to do but I am enjoying my story and the way it flows out of me without much thought when I actually do write.

I enjoy being encouraged to continue. I believe that in a lot of ways this will be very healing for me, which scares me for some reason. It is nice to have a goal in mind though and something that hopefully maybe will be worth sharing with the world at some point.

If you are writing a book how are you going about it? Did you plan it out or are the words coming from your brain as you place each word on the page?

I am excited to get to read the drafts of all the friends who are writing this fall!

Nov 122014
 

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