Saturday, January 1

New Year, New Me

It really is a clean slate, isn't it?  I can't help but be excited at this time each year.  I start hunting up organization labels, such as those found HERE and HERE.  I sign up for encouraging challenges such as this one HERE.  I download a new Chore Planner.  I check out books from the library such as the ones I'm reading HERE:

I redesign my blog, I revamp my school plans, I burst with the adrenaline of a new challenge.

This year, I have so many things I want to do differently that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.  Simplify.  Simplify. Simplify.  It's my mantra each year and if my house were a clean slate, I think it would be easy enough to accomplish, but starting a new mindset with old clutter is....blech.  It's just blechy.

This year, I'm excited about the challenege at  A Bowl Full of Lemons.  The timing couldn't be better for me. And yet, I fear failure.  I don't have an area of my life that couldn't use re-evaluating right now.  I feel encouraged that I am at least at a point now where I know exactly what my ideal end-result looks like.  In the past, I've vaguely knew that things needed to be better and that my life should look more like....what? I couldn't tell you.  But I can now.  Now I know that it is a purposeful, quiet, simple life.  Sweet and simple.  The idea no longer bores me, it excites me.  I think I've spent the last several years fearing that boredom would set in if I ever actually accomplished my goals.  I know differently now.

I am stamping out that voice of fear by remembering that it doesn't really matter if I meet my various challenges or scratch my to-do's off my list.  The only thing that can actually change who I am at my very core is Christ.  These methods which I can't seem to help but explore each January may give me ideas and inspirations, but they are not able to change me.  If I fail at everything else, I will not fail if I focus on getting to know my God.  Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you, He promises.  I'm drawing near.


Andrea said...

I'm with you! I'm all about simple, organized, and quality time this year!

I signed up for the challenge too! That looks like so much fun! :)

Jennie C. said...

I LIKE your new blog, though I miss that Keep Calm and Carry On sign. :-)

I loved our house when we first got here. We didn't have anything! It was three weeks before our household goods arrived and I just found a list the other day of things I missed - and things I didn't. Things I missed: tea cups, beds. Things I didn't miss: internet, tv, and all the rest of my stuff. Davey's going to be gone next year, so guess what I'll be doing?

Jennie C. said...

Hey! About those labels....

I bought a little Brother label machine a few months ago and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It really helps me with my OCD need for uniformity. I label shelves. I label books. I re-label spice jars that I put other spices into. I label the laundry hampers. I label storage containers. I even labeled Rosie's dresser drawers.

I love my label machine and highly recommend it.

Jenn said...

Jennie, I've thought about it for years. They aren't really THAT expensive and I know I would use the snot out of it. It's one of those tools that I haven't justified in my head yet, even though I know it would make my life easier. Like a laminator. I have wanted one for 10 years now and just never broke down and bought one. Amazon had one on their Lightning Deals last month for $16!!! I FINALLY bought one. WHY did I wait so long? I LOVE this thing!

Nezzy said...

Love your new look sweetie.

Yep, I often say K-I-S-S...keep it simple sister! Now, who ever said I take my own advice????

Have fun labelin' and organizin' girl!

Have a great day :o)

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