Farm, Home, Life, Organize

The Hidden Corners

A picture is worth a thousand words….

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Exhibit A: side view of glorious mess
Exhibit B: top view of glorious mess

This glorious mess was my craft closet. The place you go to for glue sticks and markers. Where the glitter, paper and paint hang out. Where the wild things are.

I was doing admirably well on my decluttering mission but I could not face the craft cupboard. You see, I have been a teacher for the last decade. That pile of junk represented years of well thought out activities and all the chaos that they bring. It represented children whose faces lit up when I told them it was time for art. It was their pride in creating something of their own that made me just so happy to be the one who got to share that moment with them.

It was also a festering cubby that had grown into an aggressive stash. It would attack anytime someone opened the door searching for a clipboard. It was time…

The empty space. Wow. That’s a pretty big cupboard!

I have come to the conclusion that these things just take time. I am still adjusting to not being a full time teacher. It hurts a bit not to be that anymore but it’s where I’m at. I gave myself permission to get rid of what I no longer needed and also to be who I am right now. This stuff that is so meaningless was tied into who I was, or who I had been. Now I have set it free and also myself.

I can honestly say I feel like the possibilities are endless. God use me for YOUR glory. Make me what you will.  ❤

Also some cool bananas I drew a while back. Because Bananas.

….🎹🎶🎵”Isn’t she lovely?”🎼🎵🎤…..

Um, sorry I was having a moment. Anyway, all the useful stuff found its way back home. No more leftover school stuff and half baked art projects. I may or may not have opened the door just to gaze at it 10x in a row…

I know it doesn’t seem like much but this cupboard really nagged me. More for what it represented to me than anything else. Sometimes the things we collect can really hold our minds in limbo. I have found decluttering to me is much like showering or praying.  The weight of worry lessens and you just feel better about life in general.

Unfinished business is always at the tail end! Thrift and gift time! I take out the trash then I can donate or gift any useful items in not going to use.

Aaahhhh…..did you hear that? It was the cupboard door closing with nary a bump!

Best of everything to you all!

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Elvis Has Left The Building

My cat Elvis is quite the character. He loves to snuggle and trip you while you walk. He often perches on the windowsill to watch me do dishes (on the outside). He has yet to realize that his recent poundage is not simply that luxurious fluff that he wears for a coat (he is half long hair). He will sometimes lose his footing on the narrow ledge while watching me do said dishes. *cue dramatic cat yowl, scrambling paws followed by a dull thump* No, he has never been seriously injured but thank you for your concern.

With all that I love him dearly. He is smart and comical. And a big sissy la-la who whines about everything. Seriously, he used to steal food from his mother well into adolescence even AFTER she caught him his own mouse. If he sees you through the window headed toward the door- ANY door- he will meet you there and dart as quick as he can through your feet to get inside and get another snack. Unfortunately, he can only stay in the pantry or the laundry room as I am allergic to cats….go figure. If I do not pet them or pick them up I am fine but the minute I start ruffling fur I am in trouble.

Elvis and I have learned to live with it though. I let him stay in the laundry room which has a large glass window panel. I “pet” him through the glass. Basically, I put my hand on one side of the glass and he rubs his head on the other side. Sort of like visiting hours if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, I love his crazy furry self and he loves me. That’s all that really matters. And since he has no social media I sure as shootin’ am going to do my best to get a video of the narrow window sill episode. That is something you do not want to miss!

Health, Life

Balance

 

 

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Enjoying time with this little life. Oh how I love my family!

I used to think that balance was the key to living harmoniously.  That by adept scheduling of must dos with periodic entertainment breaks was the key to keeping our busy lives running smoothly.  The only problem is that life never plays along with my carefully laid plans.  It is by nature feast or famine. We are overwhelmed with stimulus or we are bored. No one is around or we are swamped with people.

Can balance really help? The very word implies that we are teetering between success and failure.  If we choose option A over option B we tip the scales just a bit too far and have to scramble to regain stability.  Nah… just nah… I’m taking a different route this time.  New year, new life…whatever.  How about new vision?  New growth?  How about peace?

I want resiliency.  I want to know how to ride the waves of life and to come down with a soft landing.  I want to be held in the hollow of God’s hand and to know that He is with me through every tempest and every trial.  I don’t want to figure it all out.  I want to trust.  I want to be filled with hope and love.  I want to stand firm against any storm that I face knowing that I stand with God and not alone.

I’ve set a few goals this year and I hope you have too.

Whatever 2019 brings you don’t forget to look up!

Sincerely,

Veronica

Holidays

Resolutions or Goals?

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Anybody want to shine with me?  Let the new year begin!

 

I’ve been contemplating resolutions lately. I’m not knocking them but for me it just seems like I’m setting myself up to fail. And when I do I have the crabbier meanie version of myself telling me in my head “Well, that settles it. You really thought you could do this thing but…we all knew it would end this way”. Ugh. Defeat is such a disgusting word. I refuse to live there. That’s why I’m ready every time a new year rolls around. Bring it on!

This year I’m setting goals. I usually set a ton every year. I call them goals rather than resolutions because with a goal you have a single purpose that you are always aiming for and an understanding that some days you may miss the mark. Resolutions are more like hard rules that once they are broken seem to be hollow and without much sincerity.

So goals it is. I know I’ll fall short from time to time but my aim will always be the same. Plus, I learn to give myself a bit of grace in the process. I can be a little (lot) hard on myself and that is a habit I’d like to do away with.

I’m not trying to be perfect in a day either. I’m setting much fewer goals this year that are meant to be more impact over time.

Meaning…..? Meaning that with consistent daily steps I will inch closer to becoming the person I need to be. Yay! In order to make this a more reality than theory I gave myself only a few things to focus on. Too much is just too much. One year I had over 50 goals…um, no Veronica. That’s not how we are going to do it anymore…m’kay?

My top five list for 2019:

1) Pray daily

2) Bible daily

3) Mindful health – take care of myself

4) Write – journal, stories, blog …whatever, just write!

5) Live simply- keep order at home and in finances and in personal life (mind & body)

I’d love to hear what things you are hoping to achieve in the new year.

Happy New Year….hello 2019!

Let’s shine!

Life

Today Is A New Day

I love the saying “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”. I hate to think about how many days have I felt unwell or inadequate or simply just not brave enough to tackle something that fluttered tauntingly just out of reach.

I ache to be a better person than I am. I strive to reach my full potential. I want to live with abandon. And I find myself falling short every time. “To err is human, to forgive divine”, Alexander Pope. Oh so true. But I often need to apply this personally and so I go about forgiving myself again.

Its amazing that the sheer resilient nature of a human can conquer so much. The power of a made up mind is a force to be reckoned with. As strong as we may be on our own we are still in need of an even greater strength. Where our human ability cannot complete the job God steps in and orchestrates the rest.

We step forward and play our part while the master conductor makes sure everything flows in perfect harmony. All we know is our small piece. We practice and perform and the rest is out of our hands. As the music flows on our finite moment has passed and now we lean on Him and wait until the piece is finished.

Today I want to know His will for me. Today I will play my part and let the rest flow past, content in the knowledge that I belong and I am needed but that I cannot play the piece on my own. Today I will live for today.

Wherever life finds you today I hope you are encouraged to live life fully!

Love,

Veronica

Getting Girly, Health

No Bad Hair Days Disclaimer: *not at all farm related*

Hey everyone! I’ve been obsessing just a bit about hair lately. Healthy hair is a passion of mine and I take it quite seriously. I made a quick video to share my latest discovery. Here’s to only good hair days!

Happy Friday!

 

Sorry, there was a problem loading the video… technical difficulties! Hopefully it’s now fixed 🙂

 

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Hey everyone!

So I know I’ve been pretty quiet lately. Truth is I’m not all that energetic sometimes. But today I am a happy girl! Yesterday I had a procedure done to check out everything in my abdomen. It went pretty well and I think we are moving forward. By this time next year I hope to be fully charged and back on track!

Without further ado I will share what else has been keeping me busy:

*Decluttering

*Streamlining chores and other ” must do” tasks

*Completing small house projects to improve function and / or efficiency

*Self care ( much harder and more time consuming than I would have guessed)

*Keeping up with appointments for my kids and myself

*Staying connected to far awayfamily and friends ( also sometimes difficult when you start phone tagging)

*Scheduling writing projects ( not so successful here)

In short, I’m trying to get my life together 😄 Well, I’m just trying to make things more manageable around here. I know people do not consider hobby farms to be anything like real farming. And its not but its still work to keep up animals, homes and property. And if you are like me and lacking your usual spunk (albeit temporarily) it can feel like a mountain.

So I’m living lighter and I have never enjoyed myself more. I’m starting to breathe easier and love more freely and edit whatever is not benefiting me. Whether it be time wasters, clutter and even relationships that bring me down.

Change is never easy but as I give myself permission to let go I’m finding a stronger trust in God and a greater ability to live in a mindset of abundance. I am truly blessed.

I thank you all for taking time to read my little blog. One of my main goals is to become more faithful and schedule more posts in the future!

Love to all,

Have a beautiful day!

Veronica

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Sanity for the School Hustle

For those of you who have your lives all pulled together I applaud you. I don’t know how you do it! I seem to be one hot mess after another but that’s all fixing to change.

On a positive note, I did find my sign. And it’s absolutely true. Every word.

I’ve been about the business of simplifying life lately. If its not useful in my life RIGHT NOW I just don’t want it up in my space anymore. So what’s a scatter brained gal who is trying to improve her quality of life supposed to do beyond the basic decluttering? I’m So glad you asked! Ok, so maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway! 😄

Currently I have reduced my clothing options into a capsule( ish) wardrobe as seen here:

Which should help get me dressed much quicker without looking like a slob. Nice, right?

I have also bought a new planner that has more writing space to give me room for detailed planning. I ended up getting more of a student planner as I will be using this for my lessons as well as personal appointments. Have I mentioned how many appointments I have missed this past year? No? Well, I would tell you but I kinda lost track…..😶

Next on the simplify list is my menu board. I down sized for the actual board size but the process is the same. Make a plan and work it! You have to know what is happening for dinner when everyone is hungry and nobody (including mama) is wanting to figure out what to put on the table.

Finally, my trio of kitchen helpers helps me to make a plan for healthy meals and stick to it!

I just bought a veggie Spiralizer so I can have delicious noodles without the gluten. Yes, please! If I didn’t already have a dinner plan I would be using this bad boy right now😀

Next is my adorably wonderful time saving genius of a product….instant pot, I love you! This guy is the Farberware version which I like for the nonstick surface on the liner.

And to round out our kitchen trio I recently purchased a cookbook that promises to deliver quality breakfasts, lunches, dinners AND snacks!!! Yes, I said snacks. All designed for the school year hustle. Um, sign me up!

It is appropriately titled ‘The School Year Survival Cook Book’.

As the school year rolls on I’m sure there will be a refining process as we settle into a routine. I don’t know about you but this gal is ready to get some sanity back in the schedule.

What are your top tips to keep things running smoothly?

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Capsule(ish) Wardrobe to Simplify Life

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I posted. Life. You know how that goes! 😶😯😄

Today I am working on school prep. I’m sure you are wondering how that applies to my closet…Well, when you have chores and kids and animals all crammed into your school morning anything you can do to streamline is a big plus. So in with the capsule(ish) wardrobe! Ok, so I kinda cheated. I narrowed it down to 40 pieces and a true capsule wardrobe would be half that ( or less). But to be real I live where the weather is very changeable so I did repeats of some items in different fabrics. For example I have 3 black toppers: a sweater cardigan, a lightweight layering cardigan and a heavy neoprene hooded vest. That easily could have been one item instead of three but, again, the weather… I also have three denim skirts because I live in them and I don’t want to wear the same thing 2x a week. (Yes, I’m an over washer and if you think I’m “saving” that shirt for another wearing you are wrong)

So here was the 40 piece capsule(ish) wardrobe

If you will notice the bulging suitcase above… yeah, those are summer clothes. And down the hall there is this…

This is back up in case I just get sick of the whole idea after a while. So yeah, I definitely cheated but I have to be real here. I know that things get stale after a while and I may want to swap my color palate around.

For this capsule I used denim, black and beige tones for neutrals. I added blue/ greens, gray and berry colors to liven things up. My goal was to create fast and pulled together outfits every day that consistently looked good and saved me time.

In my capsule:

10 bottoms- black, denim, beige

10 tops- blue, green, berry, black , cream

2 vests- black, beige

10 toppers (cardigans or jackets to layer)- black, beige, denim, green, gray

8 dresses- beige, berry, green, blue, gray, black, patterned

I feel like this is a good amount to get me through 2 weeks if needed but not so much that my closet is crammed.

Why bother with all this work you ask. Well, the great thing about a capsule wardrobe is that each item is supposed to easily mix and match with the others so that you always have a pulled together look without all the time matching an outfit while you are standing in your towel and late for work. Basically, all your outfits are preplanned to go together in a snap.

So the big question is – does it work??? I didn’t want to wait a week to do a test run so I did a BLIND sample.

I turned off the lights and walked to my closet and closed my eyes. I grabbed a bottom and a top and then peeked to see what I ended up with.

Test 1:

Test 2:

Test 3:

To be fair I could feel the nubby texture of the sweater vest in test 3 and the cream bell sleeve was next to it which also had lacy fabric in it so I guess my tactile senses helped on that one.

I’d probably toss a denim jacket over the top in test 2 but I would wear all three of these out so I consider it a success!

Tell me how you save time in the morning!