Friday, October 17, 2014

Because This... 19th Edition

It's the weekend... but what does that really mean for stay at home mothers?  Perhaps we will strive for adventure of some sort tomorrow... Outdoors?  In the mean time... here are a spattering of my favorites from this week:

Some of my other favorite photos can be found over at Fruitful Abundance

Could you go a year without buying anything new?  Holy smokes!  What a challenge!  I am pretty sure I would want to create a few capsule wardrobes before embarking on anything so lofty.  Still a good experiment to see how little we actually NEED.

Ok I seriously want to be friends with Shannon... I feel like we are knit from the same variegated yarn... You are always welcome in my home... Come In... Here, we hold hands with the mess of life...

And here at Goats Milk Lattes... You all were so supportive and loving when I posted about our first miscarriage... it is extremely vulnerable to share such a story and I am ever so greatful for your love and kindness.

How about you?  What inspired or interested you this week?  What are your adventurous weekend plans?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday #22

Yay! I'm back on track here with Thankful Thursday!  I gotta say these are the most fun posts I write... and giving thanks does something wonderful for ones soul.

  1. Bonding sessions with my wonderful and ahem medicated Anita until 1:30am.
  2. Loving blog comments from my dad.
  3. Time to crochet and binge watch T.V.
  4. The discovery that wearing warm fuzzy socks to bed helps me fall asleep faster.
  5. My three year old... who has strangely morphed into a rather agreeable and cheerful human... I hope this is not just a "little while" miracle.
  6. Soup and tea (that my Meadow makes for me) and all things that warm my belly.
  7. Miranda's meatballs... I can not tell you how good they are... because then I will want to eat 10!!!
  8. The heated seats in my car.
  9. Variegated yarn... I am seriously mesmerized by the patterns the colors make.
  10. Days at home... with nothing to do... but endless possibilities of what we can do. 
Leave me a comment and tell me what you are thankful for this week...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Inspired Can Be a Lonely Place

You know when you've read or watched something that inspires and makes you want to stretch... reach... love... do wonderful things...

Then you look around and find that being inspired can be a lonely place...

So you try to pull others in along with you... here just watch this YouTube video you cry out on to the pages of Facebook... then you will see what I see... just read this book... this blog post... this great quote.. and you will feel how I feel.

But your plan to recruit fails... Oh yes dear one your intentions are good... you mean well... but not everyone is keen to join the race.

Your experiences and revelations are yours alone... and that can be scary... because the path you travel has bends and hills that you can't see past... sometimes you will have a friend to walk with you a little ways... a partner to collaborate with... there will be cheerleaders along some parts of the route... but other parts there will be nothing other than the sound of you putting one foot in front of the other to spur you on.

Try not to be frustrated with those who are behind you... there is plenty for them to read and watch or hear back there... cheer for them.

Don't worship those who are up ahead... listen and learn... but be prepared that you will part ways at the forks you can't yet see.

Be content that you are growing... enjoy your super marathon... slow down and take it in when you can... run hard when you need to... and when it is hard... look around and find more inspiration.

Note: I'm mostly writing to myself here... but feel free to find helpful bits in my words.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Because This... 17th Edition

A few of my favorite photos and links from the past week:

While I think "Simple" could be taken out of the title... there are a lot of wise and practical tips in 13 Simple Tricks to a Long and Happy Marriage

I believe I need to read 10 Things to Do Differently Before You Lose Your Temper over and over again... It's a blog post that makes you feel like the writer (Lisa-Jo Baker) is in your corner.

What did you enjoy reading this week?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Instead of Thankful Thursday...

I think I have jumped in and now I am exploring the water close to the shore.

Yesterday I had a small group of eight year olds in my charge.  For 2 hours they helped me put together canned goods, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and bags of cereal into hampers at the food bank.
 It was only two hours... but we were all exhausted at the end.

We worked hard... and I was really impressed with the super attitudes those kiddos (one of whom is my own) had. I heard cheerful little voices piping up " What can I do now?" "What do you need from me?"

Little hearts... ready to give.  Little hearts... perhaps unaware of their own privilege... picking out their favorite cereal for a family... making sure the oatmeal packets were a variety for whoever was eating them for breakfast that week.  Little hearts serving.

If you're looking to help is a list of the top 10 needs at the Kamloops Food Bank:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruit
  • Baby Food
  • Canned Vegetables 
  • Pasta
  • Baby Formula
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Beans
There is a list of drop off locations here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3 Habits I Want to Establish in 21 Days

Alright... since I just wrote 4 Ways to Remember Your Monthly Goals... I thought I better actually set a few goals and try out my methods.  So here are 3 habits I want to establish this month:

1. No Phone During School Time:

This pretty much looks just like it says... I will not be "playing" on my phone during school time.  Instead I will play with Delaney, be readily available to help the bigger kids and leave my phone on my bedside table during that time.  Yes I will put the no phone sign on the schoolroom door.

2. Write For a Minimum 10 Minutes 6 Days a Week:

It's one of the rules of writing don't you know?  Show up and write.  My plan?  Set a phone alarm (or maybe 2  just in case I am in the middle of a very important something or another when the first one sounds).  Then I will ignore any child who is not critically injured or having an explosive bodily function and write.

3. Spend at Least 15 Minutes Outside Everyday:

Again a phone alarm reminder will probably work well for this.  A walk with the kiddos after breakfast sounds... well slightly stressful... but with the right attitude it will be fun.  Ok ok so this might be an experimental ever evolving goal... 

Leave me a comment and tell me what habits you want to work on... What strategies do you have for keeping your goals front and center?

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

4 Ways to Remember Your Monthly Goals

Soo... I've tried making goal lists on the blog before...Like here here and here... Then I just didn't think about them again for a whole month.  I really want to set some monthly resolutions, but first I need to figure how to keep them front and center.  Here are a few tricks I've thought up...

1. Stick It In My Face

One of my goals is to not text or be on social media during school time... so perhaps this sign on the schoolroom door would be extra helpful... it would also make it easy for my kiddos to remind me of the new rule.  

2. Hidden Reminders

Similar to the first... but maybe a little more private.  You know like say your goal is to get dressed everyday... you might not want the neighbor you're having over for tea to know that you spend most days in your pajamas... so maybe a little post it where you will see it when you wake up is the trick.

3. Make It Musical

Say your goal is to workout in the morning... then set the music on your alarm to a song that energizes you... or teach your preschooler to burst into your room pre-dawn and sing "Do You Want to Build a SNOOOOWMAAAAAN!?"  Either one will probably get your blood pumping.

4. Set Reminders on Your Phone

(Just not for the times you are in the no phone zone). This is a good option for practices you want to turn into habits.  Maybe you want to text your husband three times a day... great... Create a reminder so you won't let the whole 12 hours slip by without those tidbits of connection.

All right now it's your turn... Tell me... How do you remember your goals?

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