January- The Month of Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 After the hustle and bustle of December, we are expected to charge into January, guns blazing, our list of resolutions tucked firmly under our arms. We make grand plans for personal growth and wellness: exercise more, eat less, cease smoking, stick to the budget, get organized. However it only takes us a few hours, days, or weeks (if we’re lucky) before we[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 1

I’ve never been a smoker or done any drugs, and I have spent my life avoiding alcohol after growing up with an alcoholic parent.  However, there is one addiction that I have held onto tightly since childhood: sugar.  I love sugar in pretty much all of its forms: cereals, baked goods, candy, chocolate, etc., and I regularly consume it with abandon.  Until yesterday. After a week of delicious, processed, dessert-with-every-meal eating while on vacation, I came home to continue my[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Routines

You knew it was coming didn’t you?  The dreaded R-word.  At least, that’s how I view it. However, as much as I struggle with them, routines are the secret weapon to a life of simplicity. As a free spirit who is always on the lookout for the next new experience, setting and especially keeping routines often feels like drudgery to me. Even as I write them down on paper, some part of my mind is already planning to sabotage them.[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Intention

The word intention gets a bad rap, especially when paired with “good.”  It implies that you mean well, but do nothing.  I fall into that description more often than I’d like to admit. However, to live with intention, to be intent upon something, implies focus and determination, and it is a key element to achieving a life of simplicity.  When we are focused on attaining the life we truly want to live, we take the steps necessary to get there. [Read more]

On Being Resolute and Writing a Book in 2016

This year I am writing a book.  There, I’ve said it.  After taking a few months(?!) off from blogging and intermittent breaks from my greatest distraction in life (Facebook), I have found my desire to write is stronger than ever.  To think I have dreamed of becoming a published author for thirty years but not achieved it yet is confounding to me. This year, I aim to change that, once and for all. Fiction or Non-Fiction? I have been writing[Read more]

Our Summer Schedule and a Summer Kit Giveaway!

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Yesterday, I shared our family’s summer theme verse, Colossians 3:17.  It fits well with our summer schedule, now getting underway . . . at the end of June! This summer, we are following a hybrid of two summer schedule ideas.  I am using the model we implemented two summers ago from FlyLady; our camp is simply called Wiley Family Camp.  We use camp terms like kapers (for chores), mess hall (for the kitchen/dining area), and bunks (for beds). FlyLady uses[Read more]

Four Steps to a Successful Tomorrow

Day after day after day.  They all seem to roll together, like endless, crashing waves upon the surface of our lives.  How do we live with intention when we don’t take time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future?  What went right?  What was left undone?  What am I trying to do with my life?  How do I make it happen?  Today, as we wrap up our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients, let’s put some steps in[Read more]

Three Steps to Healthy Eating

Welcome back to our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  We have covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, and Writing 500 Words Daily.  Today, we are looking at how to plan and prepare healthy meals.5. Plan and Prepare Healthy Meals. Two years ago, I watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” and it has forever changed the way I view food. Immediately, I gave up meat, dairy and sugar.  It was a hard week, but I was determined never to go back to[Read more]

4 Steps to Writing 500 Words Daily

We are continuing with our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  This is my personal list, but I hope that you will find at least one or two that resonate with you and offer some helpful suggestions.  So far, we have covered Workouts and Worship and Homeschooling.  Today, we are looking at writing 500 words daily.  So, whether you are an established or an aspiring writer, this one’s for you:) 4. Write something, at least 500 words in length. Does 500[Read more]

How I Completed Jeff Goins’ Potty Train Your Passion Challenge (#PTYPC)

This Saturday, while resting on our back patio with a slight stomach malaise and soaking in the welcome warmth of the sunshine, I found Jeff’s Potty Train Your Passion Challenge.  Just moments before, I had been reading his new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, and I was compelled to forge ahead with a dream I was holding back on.  I took a couple of first steps, discovered his challenge, and[Read more]