Holidays

Resolutions or Goals?

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Anybody want to shine with me?Β  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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ˜„ 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! πŸ˜„

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 nowπŸ˜€

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?

Being Mama, Organize

Capsule(ish) Wardrobe to Simplify Life

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I posted. Life. You know how that goes! πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜―πŸ˜„

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!

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Living Lighter

I’ve been vigorously decluttering for the past couple of months and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can also think more clearly and make decisions more easily. It’s been great! I also learned more about myself (and my family) along the way. It makes me think about who we really are when I sort through the things we collect.

I seem to have a very strong attachment to first aid kits. As in, I had at least 4 of them….( not counting the extras for camping). I have down sized to 2 kits (one for camping and 1 for the car) and sorted what was useful to be left in my cupboard at home. That may seem odd but the truth is I absolutely love bandaging up booboos and being prepared for any emergency. Yep, I’m the lady who always has a bandaid or cough drop or Tylenol when you need it!

My husband seems to have an envelope fetish. I’m really not sure why any one person needs to have 300 envelopes at any given time but maybe he’s secretly a collector. I asked him about it and he’s not sure either. Its a mystery…. He also owns a LOT of wire. Like big 50-100 lb spools of wire. I know nothing about computers or electricity but he tells me its invaluable for such things and to keep-my-decluttering-mits-off-of-it-thank-you-very-much! *sigh* I guess everything has its limits.

Daughter #1 is as neat and tidy as can be. She keeps all her things in order and regularly purges all her drawers. She also stole all my matching white hangers with the rubber grips…I guess its a price I’m willing to pay for not having to nag at least one of my kids! Yes, she is the middle child and truly falls into her role.

The boy is more or less a train wreck. But an organized one. He is a “piler” and he knows where his things are for the most part but nobody else could possibly make sense of his system. I gave his room a complete overhaul while he was at camp and set up little areas in his room for his various projects. He plays his guitar in a comfy chair and he repairs/builds small r.c. motors at his desk. He reads a bit too. True to form he is a bit scattered in his ways but I think he appreciated that I thought out what his needs/wants were. Each activity was given a zone and appropriate storage. I hope it lasts!

Daughter #2 was a walking disaster. She can destroy a room in nothing flat. I guess its the “baby” syndrome. For her I had to start from the ground up. I gutted her room (there were 6 trash bags of unneeded items!). Then we had to do a whole learning process. I asked her a few questions to find out why she was struggling so much. She just couldn’t reach the hanging bar in the closet very well and was over run with toys! Oh, and blankets…she’s the one with the blanky obsession and being the “baby” she is the snuggler of the 3. Anyhow, we went with the dresser for nearly all of her clothes and greatly reduced her toys and blankets. I did daily reminders for about a week for her to make time to tidy up and… BOOM! She’s got this.

I’m no minimalist. Not even close! But I have learned that less is more. I love cleared surfaces and now if an item is going to have a place in my home its going to have to work hard to keep it! Bye-bye clutter home and cluttered life!

If you are feeling overwhelmed and things just seem to keep piling up clearing out a drawer or 2 is pretty good therapy! And its free! Who knows, if you sell a few things you might even come out ahead!

Have a great Saturday!

DIY, Food, Frugal

Fun in the Kitchen

Here’s a fun little afternoon in the kitchen for you.Β  I had some oranges ready to be used up and it got my wheels turning.Β  I knew of at least three ways to use them up and I decided to make a video to show how we used each part of the orange for a kitchen project.Β  I always feel a bit like a depression era mama when I cook up these little DIYs but it makes me happy to use what I have to the fullest. What can I say, I’m an old soul!

 

Home, Organize

Multi Tasking and Taming the Paper

The stack of things going with me today are as follows:

  1. A Bible
  2. A lesson plan book
  3. A planner filled with scraps of paper that need to be dealt with
  4. A plain notebook filled with bubbling ideas
  5. 2 manuals on 2 completely unrelated subjects
  6. A clipboard

What can I say? I like to get stuff done. And I’m feeling optimistic.

Since my son has been driving with a permit it has enabled me to use the time for office tasks that ordinarily would be left undone. I’m not saying I’m finally getting everything nailed down but after a major purge of the house (and more to come) I’ve cleared a bit of room to work and space in my brain. Now I’m beginning to see the light if day and make sense of the mess. *Sigh!*

If car drives are how I can conquer the mounting paper piles the, by golly, I will use my mobile office as often as possible!

So tell me, how do you tackle projects and keep your life clutter free?

DIY, Frugal, Home

Laundry Soap Video Tutorial

I love making everything I possibly can! And so I bring to you this humble video because I also want the rest of the world to fall in love with the DIY life.Β  A special thanks to my dear husband who helped me put this together. Also, thanks to all you MOPS ladies who introduced me to the amazing (and addictive) benefits of making your own household cleaners. I’m hooked for life. Thanks.

Hope you like it!