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.
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…
It is amazing to me how quickly we can accumulate STUFF. I mean – my husband and I don’t shop very often, I don’t remember the last time we bought anything besides groceries. So how is it that we have a full garage, an office, and every cabinet space in the house filled with stuff we haven’t used in over 6 months?? How is my purse filled with random trash that never got emptied out?
As you can probably guess, I told my husband it was time to clean out this week, even if it isn’t quite spring time yet. Here are some things I have learned about clutter, my faith and cleaning out through this household purge I am going through right now.
I am just enjoying the night, it is beautiful out. I am sitting straight up, legs crossed under me (because this is the only way to sit for perfect focusing, right?), sipping my black coffee. My computer is in front of me and my journal is open on the table beside me. For the first time in weeks, I want to write. So I shall.