There are some days when we just need a win. We can't seem to get out of our own way. One negative turns into another, and before we know it, we are spiraling downward.
While logically we know it's a phase or we're just in a little funk, it still sucks. And by golly, we just need a win!
Enter simplicity. Enter the routine to-do list.
I'm not kidding. Sometimes just being able to knock off a few routine chores is all that is needed to kickstart the winning streak and will get us back on track.
After an incredibly frustrating week professionally in which I came home and cried on three different days (in a five-day week, and one of those days was a sick day...so four days, friends), I needed a win terribly.
This is what I've accomplished so far today:
*Made breakfast and got dressed
*Dropped off recycling
*Filled the car up with gas
*Bought two birthday gifts, a book, and picked up Starbucks coffee for us
*Walked to pick up the mail
*Updated my job search
*Dusted the bedroom
*Sorted and started laundry
*Conversed with my husband while watching the Husker football game
*Updated my calendar
Have I done anything monumental?
But do I feel better?
Sometimes we need to check off the mundane tasks to see that we're being productive. Not in a deep work way, mind you, but in a way that makes us feel productive nonetheless.
On those days when you feel like nothing is going right, make a list of all the little things you've done no matter how mundane or routine they might be.
Because sometimes we simply need a win.
We all know the key to achieving goals is consistent effort.
My goal is to bring you content on a consistent basis. Here is what you can expect from me moving forward:
*Two blog posts a week - Mondays and Thursdays.
*An occasional bonus blog post on the weekend.
*My FREE weekly newsletter, GTI Wednesday.
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Later this week, I'll be writing more about consistency. I can't wait to share it with you!
We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. — 2 Timothy 1:8–9 MSG
Sharing my faith makes me nervous sometimes. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m afraid of offending people who aren’t believers or have a different religion than me. I’m not sure how to bring my faith up in conversation and feel comfortable about it.
When Day 2 of the book, 100 Days to Brave, by Annie F. Downs gave me the task to tell someone how God has been working on my behalf, I figured, go big or go home.
So here I am.
Lately, my focus has been on God working in my heart and recognizing Him being at work in my life. I’ve been so much more observant. While before I would think it was coincidence, now I slowly shake my head realizing God’s hand is at work.
Sometimes I’m not sure of God’s timing or understand it.
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” — Acts 1:7
I’m trying to do a better job of questioning God less and know He has a reason. He puts me where I am supposed to be at any given moment.
As a result, I’ve also been less reactive and more responsive. When I hear people say things so contrary to facts or have tunnel vision rather than an objective point of view, I’ve been quiet and listening. I have been unusually calm.
And this is new for me. Many times I’ve been the one who has given my opinion without knowing all the facts involved, or I’ve looked at it through the tunnel vision of my own perception.
God is teaching me to take deep breaths, to take a wider view, and to not respond in such a way that would cause me to regret.
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29
In other words, I’m one who would normally allow my emotions to take over by becoming angry. Instead, I have chosen not to engage and by not engaging, I have still made a choice.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. — Colossians 4:5–6
This is definitely new territory for me, and I feel like I’m learning more about myself as a Christian. I’m trying to be genuine in sharing my faith, humble in my actions, and am choosing my words carefully.
I’m a work in progress. I am flawed.
But I’m trying…to be brave.
I write a lot about minimalism and enjoying your space.
Whether it be your work space or home, it's important to have it the way you want it.
And if you don't?
You have the choice to make the change. So, how do you get started?
Know the purpose.
Why do you want this space in the first place? Don't simply have a space just because you want it. It's kind of like buying a piece of fitness equipment, like a treadmill, and then the only use it gets is hanging clothes on it. If you want it, know why and how you're going to use it.
For me, it was important to have a space at home where I could write, pay bills, and do some reading. I tried sitting at the bar in our kitchen, but that was the hub for a lot of activity. It was time to think of an alternative area for me.
Compromise is key.
Think about what you can control. Depending upon your living and/or work situation, there might be parts of the environment where you need to have some give and take.
When my husband and I made the decision to downsize to a one-bedroom department, it was important for each of us to have a space of our own. We have a study off our kitchen, and that became his new office area. Our bedroom was big enough for me to have a corner for a desk area without it being cluttered, so that become mine. His compromise was moving to a much smaller living arrangement, and mine was conceding the study area. Although he would have shared it with me, it was important for us to still have some autonomy with so much shared space.
Make it yours.
Clear out the space so you feel comfortable moving around in it. Your mood greatly improves when there is less clutter. Take before and after pictures and make sure you take time each week to tidy up. It's crazy how quickly clutter can accumulate.
It's important to have a little corner of the world where you control the chaos, a quiet corner of sorts, your own little oasis.
I hope you find yours.
This photo by Eric Muhr from Unsplash.com is such a lovely example of autumn. The changing colors, the cozy path, and the orange leaves laying gently on both sides. It makes me want to meander on my way to warm apple cider.
The simple things are what I feel like I enjoy most about autumn. There's so much to experience. Pumpkin patches, caramel apples, apple pie, and hot apple cider. Have I mentioned hot apple cider yet? ;)
You have to pay attention to the leaves, because they seem to change overnight. It's a spectacle to behold.
There are fall craft fairs, car shows, and Halloween.
Engage your senses, because autumn is here in full force. Get out and enjoy it!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.