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Simplify Your Life By Saying No

home life simplicity Oct 04, 2014

Simplify Your Life By Saying No

I've always been a yes girl. As long as I can remember, my answer is almost always yes. Someone needs something? I'm your girl. There's a party? I'll be there. Church is starting a new team? Sign me up! I'm not really sure if it's just in my blood or if I have an inner need to please everyone. It most certainly could be both. In fact, it is. I'm a people pleaser through and through. That's how God made me. I want people to be happy. I want them to experience love, laughter, and joy. But I can easily let my own insecurities take over and do it for the wrong reason.

As we move along in life get married, have kids, grow communities, AND continue to say yes to anything and everything, we start to feel the ill effects of a busy life. We can grow so accustomed to saying yes that we forget how to say no. And while pretty much everything I've said yes to is something that is important or needed, it doesn't mean that I was the one who should be doing it.

So how do we learn to say no?

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Simple Routines

home life simplicity Oct 03, 2014

Simple Routines

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I'm not so sure about that because I can be doing something for months at a time and then WHAM! I stop. Done. Over. Nada. BUT. I can say with all honesty that creating a couple of simple routines can help you form a habit, even if you miss a few steps here and there. And putting it down on paper, right where you'll see it, is going to make remembering so much easier!

Creating a simple morning and evening routine will help you to establish good habits. I started small with just three tasks in the morning and three tasks in the evening. I printed them out and taped them to my mirror to remind me. After a few weeks these things become routine and now I hardly even think about doing them. Once you’ve established a small routine, you can add a couple of tasks to each one. I don’t suggest more than five because we don’t want to be robots, right? But some routine is good and helps us stay on track with the things that just have...

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How 15 Minutes Can Change Your Life

home life simplicity Oct 02, 2014

15 Minutes Can Change Your Life

I've always been one to bite off more than I can chew. I love saying yes to people and taking on new opportunities. My problem was, I couldn't ever finish ANYTHING! I set out with good intentions and just failed miserably. If you saw what my typical day looked like even a year or so ago, you'd think I was a kid in a candy store. Running about from task to task and never finishing any of them!

Enter my timer. {{And actually using it!}} I've always been a fan of using my timer but in February, when I was going through The Simplicity Project, I became more intentional about it. I used it like an addiction and it changed my life. I used it for everything. I used it when I was decluttering, I used it when I was blogging, I used it when I was teaching. You name it. I had a timer for it.

I sat down and made a master list of EVERYTHING I needed to get done. Room by room, closet by closet, task by task. I wrote it all down. Then, I picked just one little task, set my timer, and went for it....

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Choose Simplicity

life simplicity Oct 01, 2014

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In a world that keeps spinning faster, I choose simplicity. In an age of have all, know all, and do all, I choose simplicity.

Today marks the first day of a 31 day writing challenge that I'm participating in. Of course I chose the topic of simplicity. Since I'm fresh off the launch of my new book, The Simplicity Project, I figure I might as well ride that train while it's still here. For the next 31 days I'll be writing on several facets of simplicity and hope to touch on many ways to simplify your life or enjoy simple pleasures.

 

When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”

-Viktor Frankl

Everyone is searching for something. For their purpose, the meaning of life, or just the next best thing. Whatever it is, we most likely won't be happy when we find it. And while we're looking, and never satisfied, we're going to keep distracting ourselves to numb the pain. We'll take on more than we can handle, we'll buy more than...

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You Be You: The Value of Authenticity

life Sep 24, 2014

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The following a guest post by Kevin Buchanan of Living Out My Journey

I don’t know about you but I get tired of seeing fakes. You can normally spot them from a mile away. They are so busy trying to be what everyone else tells them to be that they have completely lost who they really are.

I used to be that way. Although I grew up with a sense of who I was, I still occasionally fell into the trap of being what others expected me to be. It took many years for me to consciously start living in the truth of who I was and who God created me to be.

Maybe that was you. Or maybe that IS you. Years of being what others wanted you to be, or told you that you should be have left you looking in the mirror, staring at an unfamiliar face.

Who is the real you?

Who are you meant to be?

What are you meant to offer the world?

Authenticity is the ability to know who you are and to live in its truth. You accept the good and bad in your life and you find the freedom that comes from simply being...

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31 Days of Simplicity

home life simplicity Sep 23, 2014

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This October I will be participating in a writing challenge called 31 Days. Writers and bloggers are asked to pick one category and write on it for 31 days in a row. So. I have chosen 31 Days of Simplicity. Since I'm still in "Simplicity" mode with the launch of my book The Simplicity Project, I will be writing on simplifying our lives. We'll cover simplifying our life, homes, and schedules along with a few other fun topics like simple blogging, simple saving, and more. I'm really excited about it and  a little nervous because it really is a big commitment. Even though I LOVE writing, I do it on my own time and don't always share it here. But this will be a good habit to get into and I'm hoping you guys don't get too sick of me ;)

The 31 Days project is hosted by The Nester {who you all need to check out} author of The Nesting Place. If you're interested in doing your own 31 Days writing project, you can check out the site here. Pick your topic, link up next week, and write...

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Whose Cross Are You Carrying?

faith life Sep 15, 2014

We were never meant to carry the cross of sin

I recently heard a profound message on Luke 9:23 "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Now this wasn't just any message. God revealed some huge stuff to me and I just wanted to share it with you. Because maybe, maybe the cross you're trying to carry isn't the one He wants you carrying.

Our Cross

So what is the cross He's set before us? Our purpose. Our portion. And He asks us to take it up DAILY. Not when we feel like it. Not next week or next year. Every. Single. Day.

The pastor gave the analogy of giving your child a plate of food. Your child may not want all of the food but you know, as the parent, he needs that food. All of it. For the child to grow, thrive, and become the man he's supposed to be. And when God gives us our plate, our cross, our portion, we need to accept ALL of it, good or bad, whether we like it or not, to become ALL that He made us to be.

Sometimes all we want is the triple-layer...

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On Chasing Dreams

life simplicity Sep 04, 2014

These last several years have been a wild roller coaster for my family and me. I mean, crazy. Psycho. The twister, loop-de-loop, forward, then backwards, upside down, drop-off, make you wanna barf kind. From moving, to job changes, to publishing my first book...I can't even keep up with myself! My poor family, you guys. I need to start a separate savings account for therapy for my kids. Or maybe I've given them enough life lessons in their early years that they'll "get it right" when they are adults. Who knows.

Through all of the life lessons I've unabashedly thrown myself into, there's one I'm pretty darn proud of: chasing dreams.

When I look back over my life, I think I've always been a dream chaser. A little girl who believed that she could do anything, be anyone, or go anywhere. I always believed. In fact, if you know anything about me whatsoever, you know that I'm determined get what I want! And I don't mean that in a selfish way. I want that car, I'm getting it. No. I mean...

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What Will Your Next 5 Years Look Like?

business life Aug 29, 2014

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Earlier this week I was challenged by my friend Kevin Buchanan to write down what my next 5 years will look like. This is something that I absolutely love and think is extremely crucial to living a life of purpose. When we let life get in the way of living, we forget to be intentional and time flies by.

My list wasn't hard to make. In fact, I wanted to add a hundred more things to it. But, I did notice some people having a hard time with the challenge and that made me sad. I think it's far too common for us to think that this is just it. This is life and it's never gonna change and it's never gonna get better. We're just going to WORK WORK WORK and hope that we live long enough to retire.

I want to know what your #Next5 years will look like. I dare you to dream big. What is it that you want to do that might seem impossible? Five years is a long time. If you hustle and pursue your dreams and goals I fully believe that you will see them come to fruition. I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!

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My Top 10 Tips For Decluttering Like A Boss

home life simplicity Aug 19, 2014

Top 10 Tips For Decluttering

With the 6-Week Declutter Challenge in full swing, I thought I'd share my top 10 decluttering tips. Whether you're part of the challenge or not, a hoarder, or just a mom with clutter up to her eyeballs, these are sure to make the job a little easier!

1. Give yourself GRACE!

This is THE most important thing you can do. Otherwise you're going to spend half your day beating yourself up for things you've held on to for far too long, purchases you never should have made, or not being the "perfect" mom you set out to be as you stare at boxes of photos that should be in albums. You are perfect just the way you are and you can only move forward from here. FORGET ABOUT THE PAST!

2. Make a master list.

Make a list of all of the things that need to be done. Don't make this list mentally or you'll never check anything off. Grab a pen and paper and walk through each room of your home and WRITE IT ALL DOWN. Acknowledging what needs to be done is half the battle. Most of the time it makes...

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