Yes, you read that right…. A chore list that works and saves you time. See, I work 11 hours a day, plus have about a 40-minute commute. Run the time for that – I eat dinner around 9:30 pm and only have a few minutes to clean my house or to take care of any of the chores. A few years ago, when I was getting my master’s degree, I came up with methods to make chores, cooking and house responsibilities less time consuming and easier to deal with.
I would dance, but someone called me fat and clumsy. I used to sing, but it was way too off-key. I always had a laugh, but wouldn’t ya know, someone thought it was fake. I used to trust, but he said I was naïve. I was positive, but life beat me down. I love to feel beautiful, but many have said that makes me ‘an ungodly Christian.’ I feel like myself with my short hair, but others said it made me un-dateable. I would have smiled, but she said I was being too flirty. I offered my heart, but you took advantage of it. I loved to bake, until someone said it wasn’t healthy enough. I once had an idea or two, but they said I was too bossy. I once had a voice, but was told it was too loud.
My dear readers – it’s time for a little rant. Every day, I get on FB and I see posts from people who are overly pushy in their faith. I mean pages and pages from one person giving an entire theology class on what they believe. What is worse is the fear I have that I have joined the extreme-views area of the internet like others I know. I truly hope not! I hope that the honesty and simple faith that you expect from me is still present. But I don’t know for sure, honestly, I don’t. So, I worry about it.
How do we find balance in our hectic lives? One of the easiest ways I have found is to engage in something that is creative and relaxing. Some people I know find balance in cooking or in gardening. For me, it must also be something I find beauty in. So, what do I do when I am stressed or unbalanced? I grab my little Canon camera in it’s little camera bag that I got at Walmart, and I find flowers (especially roses) to take pictures of.
Faith… In religious circles, we throw that word around, as if we all have it all figured out and our lives are perfect. We encourage people to ‘keep the faith,’ but, come on, what does that mean? We sound like God is our everything, don’t we? Oh, and then there is the question we all ask when we are alone or tired – “How do we make this easier?” “Am I doing it all right?” and “What is the formula for a great walk with God?”
As a new direction for my blog, we are starting to talk about simplifying our lives. So, this week, in connection with a Facebook event I am doing, we are talking about ways to simplify our health. I am not a gym person, I get really intimidated by it! Seriously, like, curled up in a ball in the corner, completely overwhelmed by seeing so many gym enthusiast in one location. All I am trying to do is take little steps, and I don’t want to feel that my little efforts are not enough. Is anyone else like this or am I the only one? BUT, here’s the the thing – I do know that my health is important to decreasing stress and maintaining focus. So how do I keep a calm mindset about my health?
Conflict is never about changing who you are. It is merely a difference in how people think about things. Haven’t we all heard, “Conflict is going to happen, you need to get used to it.” And yet, I still hate conflict. As in, I hate it some much that I would rather change my name, leave everything I know and move states (or countries) just avoid conflicts. But, I’m still here and I’m still learning to deal with disagreements. Here are some of my methods to working through issues…