There is a popular regime known as The Miracle Morning which encourages individuals to establish a morning routine that would result in a more productive day. When I had first read about it a year ago, I loved the concept and even decided to take it for a spin by starting my morning off with the the recommended S.A.V.E.R.S (silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, read, scribe) Although I’m a firm believer in a morning routine, I had found it difficult incorporating steps that I didn’t feel would have an impact on the remainder of my day. And, I have to admit, I felt a bit silly reciting how great my day was going to be or how awesome I’m going to be at work – lol! But that’s just me. I realized I was more comfortable with a routine that consisted of steps I designed which fell in line with my plan for mindful living as well as my personal and professional schedule.
Although morning-time is the launch site for my day’s journey, I knew I wouldn’t be able to cram in what I aspire to accomplish before leaving for the office at 7:30 a.m. So rather than follow an established ‘miracle morning’, I reflected upon what I needed to have a Meaningful Day.
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I hate to sound so cliché, but can you believe how fast this year has flown?
I still remember writing this post about taking a break between Christmas 2015 and Jan 31st, 2016 which resulted in some serious reflection about how I wanted this past year to go. My goal for 2016 was to make it a more mindful one. Specifically, I didn’t want another year to fly by without being able to recollect anything meaningful I had done. In the past, I had consumed myself with work, deadlines and ‘have to dos’ that I rarely took the time to really pause and think about a specific moment that meant something to me. I had decided to adopt basic and simple approaches to various areas of my life and ‘cutting out the fat’ that did nothing but suck up my time and added absolutely no value. I made a conscious effort to document my days, not just with tasks, appointments and cleaning schedules, but to take time either throughout the day or before bed time to reflect on anything that had happened of note and record it either in my planner or journal.
As I sit here writing this, I have in front of me a full set of my completely filled 2016 planner inserts, journal and notebook I had used throughout the year. After perusing through them all, a smile spread across my face as things I would’ve most like had forgotten at this point were quickly brought back to mind. Some good, some not so good – but that’s okay. Life is a mixed bag. Even looking back on frustrating and stressful moments, I’ve learned to find the hidden gems within, the test of my ability to muddle through and handle them. It showed me how much more I’m made of.
Okay, enough babble. Here are some highlights of The Weekend Wife’s 2016! (warning – LOTS of links and photos ahead!)
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As 2016 came to a close, I already knew I had wanted to make 2017 more meaningful. Stripping down to the basics, minimizing distractions, simplifying processes and ridding home and mind of clutter became crucial components to my plan for mindful living. But I also wanted it to be purposeful, to find joy in even the small things, to capture moments in my personal, household and family life that I could recall in an instant. Although I have a separate journal when I want to get into deeper detail, I found my daily planner becoming a wonderful substitute for logging brief tidbits about my day. In between the tasks, errands, and appointments, I would sometimes log a little blurb that reflected something other than my schedule.
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As we embark upon the 2nd half of the year (omg, I can’t believe I just wrote that when I can still taste the pizza rolls and jalapeno poppers hub and I ate New Years Eve!), I’m already seeing bloggers recapping, reviewing, reminiscing over their January – June wins and losses, failures and successes, trials and triumphs. But for me, the month of June had been the most productive, satisfying and successful.
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I was never one to look back and reflect upon how things started at the beginning of the year and compare to where I am now. But I had made 2016 the year I was going to be more mindful of things. In order to focus on what was important throughout my day, I had to weed out the distractions. I did it by keeping things simple.
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On April 8th I took an online break of sorts. I had a lot of household, personal and family stuff going on and needed to stop, re-assess and get my priorities in order. Though I was still casually perusing and commenting as I felt so inclined, I had refrained from posting photos to IG and articles on my blog as well as tapped down on how much time I was spending on YouTube. My viewing history there was proof of why growth in other areas of my life had stunted and boxed me into a corner.
What was happening on the home-front made me realize even more just how precious and short time really is. That every moment counts. I needed to capture these moments as they happened, expand my pursuits, tighten my boundaries and make use of those back-burners. I had to realize that ‘tomorrow is another day’ for what wasn’t truly important and reserve ‘today’ for what truly was.
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There’s a saying by Pastor Chuck Swindoll, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.” Right now, I feel as if 110% is raining down upon me with 0% chance of clearing up. As much as I try to balance all the facets of my life, not even the most talented juggler can control when someone tosses in 5 extra bowling pins or plates to spin around.
A lot has hit at once – personally, financially, family and household. I’ve given myself over to the fact that my husband and I cannot get through all of this by ourselves. We need God’s intervention to not only guide us through it and give us wisdom to make necessary choices, but also to provide us with a sense of calm and peace knowing that we’re under his care. Together, the three of us will weather this temporary storm.
In order to dedicate more of my time to what matters most, I’ll not only be suspending my blog for the remainder of April, but will also be detatching from social media ( mainly Instagram and Google+ where I’m most active as TWW is not on Twitter or FB). During this time, I will not be putting out any posts or content. Not only do I have to handle various issues that have arisen, but I also need some serious down-time to get back in-touch with myself. My hope and prayer is to get through all of this victoriously and return in May with what I’ve discovered.
Thank you all, take care, be well and…..till next time 🙂