keeping up with personal projects when you feel overwhelmed

November 4, 2014

Life has been busy lately! Between all the sicknesses in our household, a spirited toddler, more patients at work, and an overbooked schedule, I haven’t had much time for myself. That’s okay; it’s the season of life I’m in and I know it will come and go. You probably know by now that I am a very goal-driven and aspirational person. I always have personal projects that I’m working on, both big and small, and even more that I’m dreaming up. I actually become even more inspired when I am busy with other things. When I’m active physically my mind is active as well. Lately I have so many ideas and dreams and hobbies that it can be easy for me to…
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working mama files: johanna from these prices

November 3, 2014

Working Mama Files is an interview series designed to support and encourage working moms along the path to having a fulfilling life. Today I’m delighted to host Johanna from the blog These Prices. She is a beautiful writer who never fails to inspire me and touch my heart. She has a deep faith and I have so loved following her story of the adoption of her two children. Recently she made the transition to stay home with her kids, but before that she had a full-time job in ministry. I’m excited to share her with you today! Who lives in your house? My husband Aaron, me, Harry (3.5) and Posey (22 months). Plus two dogs, Eller and Scout. Up until recently…
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link roundup / 20

November 1, 2014

  Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the internet. Enjoy! >I am 95% sure I’m going to attend Texas Style Council. They had me at CAMP. >The new FitBit products look awesome. I want the Surge now that I’m training. >One of my favorite bands, Over the Rhine, is debuting their new Christmas album on the New York Times right now. >Pretty excited about Elise’s new venture. >The ultimate clutter-free gift giving guide. This is amazing and I’m definitely using some of the ideas here. >I really related to this post about the doldrums. >A new-to-me blog I’m loving. >AMEN TO THIS: “And it reminded that this is all they really want. They don’t care about enrichment activities or sensory…
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tgif : week in the life edition

October 31, 2014

The high of my week was probably just the entire process of documenting a week in the life. It’s been much easier than I expected, and it has me very excited to put together a mini album. Two more days to go after today! The low of my week was a very difficult night of parenting on Wednesday. Meredith had been so good all week until then, so I knew a meltdown was coming. Thankfully I had read a lot in Raising Your Spirited Child that day so I had more patience than usual and some new techniques to try. They weren’t all successful, but at least I kept my cool through most of it (which was all evening – 5 hours of…
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favorite coming-of-age books

October 30, 2014

Coming-of-age is more of a theme than a genre, I suppose, but I tend to really like books that can be categorized this way. Maybe it’s the nostalgia (I am very prone to it) or the fact that all humans share the adolescent experience so it usually resonates with me. I think, also, that any good novel will have characters that change over time (usually when they encounter some sort of difficulty) and coming-of-age provides a perfect framework to make that happen. I don’t know, do you think the term “coming of age” has any real meaning when it comes to books? Is it too broad? Regardless, here are my favorite coming-of-age books at the moment: A Prayer For Owen…
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