I’m almost halfway through my third year of being at home full-time. I thought by now I would have a good way of getting it all done. Instead, I’ve discovered that “doing-it-all” is just a goal that leads to depression and burnout.
However, there is still laundry to get done, meals to cook, kids to love on (and educate!) as well as a myriad of other church and family opportunities for service and fellowship each week. In order to try and bring a little more balance to my life, I’ve decided to adopt a word this year that is a tag-on of the word that I had last year. After all, how can you spend more time savoring life and the days with your family, if you don’t simplify just a little bit.
This year, my goal is to go to a more simple routine so that I can spend more time on the important things.
Here are some ways I’ve already begun to simplify:
Meal planning has been a thorn in my side for a while. I have gotten to where I dreaded cooking because I’ve been surrounded by food, but I just don’t know what to cook. So, I decided to enlist some help in the form of eMeals. I’ve never been at this point in my life before, but I felt so much freedom in the realization that I could just print off the meal plan and even have the grocery list printed out for me. For right now, it’s worth it for me to pay a little for meal planning.
I’d like to lose some weight (and the doctor would like for me too as well), so I’m also making healthy eating–with real vegetables and salads along with less fast food and dessert–a priority in our home, even though I’m not actually dieting at this point. Once I get the meal planning thing down and cooking “real” food again down, I feel like I’ll be in a better position to actually make changes in my diet.
No more complicated projects and unit studies right now that require bunches of pre-planning. As you’ve seen, we’ve really relaxed our homeschool and followed our children’s interests. Our other homeschool component has come through our great review products from the TOS Review Crew. Between the two, that is enough without this Momma spending hours and hours on Pinterest or using hot glue guns, etc.
As a matter of fact, for our current favorite subject–history–I’ve already ordered the next level of history from Veritas Press along with the optional book package. I found that there was one book (The Golden Goblet) that has a literature study I can purchase through Progeny Press, and I’m going to purchase it and consider planning for history done for the year. I need (and crave) the simple.
I’m sure I’ll get good (and fun) materials through the Review Crew, and I look forward to having them be the focus of much of the rest of our homeschooling this year.
I loved reviewing Motivated Moms last year with it’s daily cleaning checklist. It’s no surprise to me that I’ve already bought the 2015 Motivated Moms because I accomplish so much more around the house when I notice daily on my list that I need to sweep the kitchen. Otherwise, it might fall to once or twice a week around here!!
One of the things I learned to let go of with Motivated Moms was guilt. It was true that I never got everything done on my list. However, I didn’t need to because I saw results, even when I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to, and that was enough to keep me plugging along through my daily chore list.
I’m thirty-six years old, and I’ve finally learned to say no. I’ve learned that there are things I want to be able to say yes to, and so I’ve had to say no to other things. I’m proud of the things we’ve done this year, and I’m proud of the things that I’ve said no to and closed the door on. I’m learning (finally!) that until my four are grown, this is where my primary responsibility is, and that I can’t do the best things if I fill up my life with too many good things that are not a part of my primary responsibility.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I wrote much less in December than I had done in any other month of 2014. If I don’t write at all, I’m not me, but I have found that I don’t have the time for writing that I would always like to have. What you can expect from this blog in 2015 is for me to bring lots of great reviews, a weekly wrap-up each week, and at least one additional post each week covering an activity or reflecting on some aspect of homeschooling or Christian living.
That about covers how I’m trying to live out my word for 2015, so that I can live out the most important tasks that God has placed in my life for right now. Do you have a word for 2015? What is it? How are you making changes to live by your word?