A Year In The Life Of The Weekend Wife

 

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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When Life Whispers, “Take A Break”

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 🙂

Elena

Blog Break Reflection

Blog Break Reflections

Well, hello to February!

So glad you’re here because January really kicked me hard in the backside and I need to hit the reset button. Between client bookkeeping deadlines for year end tax work and coming down with a chest cold that really sapped whatever energy I had left, I’m ready to say goodbye to the first month of the year as I look forward to good things I have planned for my home and myself.

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An Open Letter To The Person Who Took My iPhone

On Tuesday, December 15th, after leaving the Goodwill store on my lunch hour, I came back to the office and realized my cell phone was not on me.  Or in my car.  I knew I had it on me in the store and recollect having put it down on a shelf in the book aisle so that I could have both hands free.  I ran right back down the street, into the store and down the aisle to find it not there. Nor turned in.  It was taken.

Below is an account of what I had gone through over the course of 3.5 hours in an open letter to the individual who took my phone.

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