• Day 23: Rewarding Rest

    In this season of my life, I have been finding that my rest is often not restoring or refreshing. This lead me to choose rewarding rest as an intentional focus for this year. I have had to rethink what I viewed as rest and try to change ingrained habits. I will say that this is definitely going to be an ongoing process as it has not been the most successful of my goals! My previous view of rest was mostly sitting and doing as little as possible, usually in front of the TV or another screen. This was partly due to the sheer exhaustion I live with most days from…

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  • Day 23: Rewarding Rest

    In this season of my life, I have been finding that my rest is often not restoring or refreshing. This lead me to choose rewarding rest as an intentional focus for this year. I have had to rethink what I viewed as rest and try to change ingrained habits. I will say that this is definitely going to be an ongoing process as it has not been the most successful of my goals! My previous view of rest was mostly sitting and doing as little as possible, usually in front of the TV or another screen. This was partly due to the sheer exhaustion I live with most days from…

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  • Day 22: Creativity

    photo credit: Tim Noonan via photopin cc Does anyone else find that spending time in creative pursuits is the first thing to go in the busyness of life? I guess time isn’t really the issue as much as the headspace in the exhaustion. I wanted to make a point of allowing my creative side to come to the surface more often. I think this was motivated by the need to feel more like ‘myself’ again after feeling lost in motherhood. This intentional focus goal has been quite successful overall, although not consistent. I have enjoyed making gifts for people, an ongoing crochet project that is close to my heart and…

  • Day 22: Creativity

    photo credit: Tim Noonan via photopin cc Does anyone else find that spending time in creative pursuits is the first thing to go in the busyness of life? I guess time isn’t really the issue as much as the headspace in the exhaustion. I wanted to make a point of allowing my creative side to come to the surface more often. I think this was motivated by the need to feel more like ‘myself’ again after feeling lost in motherhood. This intentional focus goal has been quite successful overall, although not consistent. I have enjoyed making gifts for people, an ongoing crochet project that is close to my heart and…

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  • Day 18: Clean, organised house (the quest of an undisciplined housewife)

    I know for a fact that the natural housewife gene is not contained within my DNA! In some areas of my life, I am well organised. When it comes to my house, clutter and chaos are an ever growing battle. My stress levels rise when the house is a mess and it does not make for a pleasant home environment. Being home for a significant part of each week with my daughter makes this even more of an issue. Thus the intentional focus on establishing a clean, organised house this year.  Another motivating factor for me is that we are hoping to sell this house and buy a slightly larger…

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  • Day 18: Clean, organised house (the quest of an undisciplined housewife)

    I know for a fact that the natural housewife gene is not contained within my DNA! In some areas of my life, I am well organised. When it comes to my house, clutter and chaos are an ever growing battle. My stress levels rise when the house is a mess and it does not make for a pleasant home environment. Being home for a significant part of each week with my daughter makes this even more of an issue. Thus the intentional focus on establishing a clean, organised house this year.  Another motivating factor for me is that we are hoping to sell this house and buy a slightly larger…

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  • Day 17: Sitting less

    I have been searching my heart while reviewing this intentional focus: sitting less. It has probably been the one that I have been the least successful at. I now wonder if that is because it was never truly a heart conviction of mine, but rather a “should” I was trying to adopt. I have certainly never been an athlete or lover of exercise. I have been successful at beginning to add in short workouts to some of my mornings, thanks to the Hello Mornings challenges. I have my own little encourager in my daughter. She often asks me if I’m going to exercise. Her favourite of my workouts is a…

  • Day 17: Sitting less

    I have been searching my heart while reviewing this intentional focus: sitting less. It has probably been the one that I have been the least successful at. I now wonder if that is because it was never truly a heart conviction of mine, but rather a “should” I was trying to adopt. I have certainly never been an athlete or lover of exercise. I have been successful at beginning to add in short workouts to some of my mornings, thanks to the Hello Mornings challenges. I have my own little encourager in my daughter. She often asks me if I’m going to exercise. Her favourite of my workouts is a…

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  • Day 15: Play!

    This is one intentional focus goal that I have maintained this year. I LOVE playing with my little girl and finding new experiences for us. Sensory and messy play are favourites around here although possibly more with me than with her! I was honoured to speak at my local MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) about my love of messy play and what God has taught me through learning about the benefits of it. I think that I will do a separate series on this when the 31 Days challenge is over. I have aimed to create memories and relationship with my daughter over less important tasks. The housework can wait…

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  • Day 15: Play!

    This is one intentional focus goal that I have maintained this year. I LOVE playing with my little girl and finding new experiences for us. Sensory and messy play are favourites around here although possibly more with me than with her! I was honoured to speak at my local MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) about my love of messy play and what God has taught me through learning about the benefits of it. I think that I will do a separate series on this when the 31 Days challenge is over. I have aimed to create memories and relationship with my daughter over less important tasks. The housework can wait…