Good Girl Bad Girl

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Have you ever struggled with being the ‘good girl’ or the ‘bad girl’? Tim Keller helps me get my head around the battle we have with being good and bad. He reminds me that when I know in my heart that being good won’t fix all the bad, I am starting to understand the Gospel. The Good News.

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Horizon

Today I am lost, dreaming of wide open spaces and the wild, wild sea.
I am stuck inland, as the day grows hot and the winds whip the ground,
Leaves dance a season before their time.
It is the start of the working week  and the water is beckoning me to places far away,
Memories of escape from a life that has become a race.
The ocean knows no competition, its power is unique
To my mind  that is captured by the distant horizon.

The Connection between Organisation & Gratitude

So this might be a personal question? But how do you organise your – well, your clothes? We have an old Victorian home and there is minimal storage. In my bedroom there is no built in cupboard so we are currently ‘making do’ with a few dressers and a very old wardrobe. Recently I have added a hanging rack to accommodate the larger items I have like coats, jackets and long dresses.

But I am determined there must be a better way. Could it be I have too many clothes? Too many shoes? Where do you place all of those less used items like accessories and seasonal active gear that need a home but not one that is in high rotation, so access is not necessarily a priority?

Early in the year I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. And for a few special moments it did change my outlook. I rearranged my clothes, my personal things and it helped a lot to remove the clutter. But I did not go all the way. Kondo argues that we should only keep that which we love……and here is the problem for me. I have mounds of things for a rainy day. An item if clothing in several sizes, old beautiful leather boots kept just in case one of my girls grows into them.

People who have adopted this KonMarie Method claim it has transformed their life. Stuff does have a way of compounding the negative. There have been many season in my life when I have felt trapped by material things – when I am busy with a newborn I have felt overwhelmed by clutter because I had not the time or energy for a major spring clean. And then I recall a time living overseas when we took with us just a sample of treasured things and lived lightly for over a year. It was thrilling.

So why then do I struggle today with organising my clothes and thinking about stuff and its hold on me. If it were just me I could possibly live a radically different minimalist life. But there are 7mouths2feed here in my home, that is seven people to help organise. Imagine the number of pairs of shoes we have…..I try not to. I think I need a radically different approach to organisation that allows me to feel lighter and brighter and to train those I love how to care for their things. Perhaps the start is gratitude for abundant material blessings. Maybe that will make parting with the excess of stuff easier.

Adore

Is it too early to talk about 2016? Too early to talk about my new planner??

Well I love planners and have been experimenting with various additions of late. Trying to organize my online calendar, hard copy planner, journal and ideas book.Trying to integrate my digital world with a yearning for hard copy. Let us face it I love hard copy. Beautiful pages, quality paper, the smell of new stationary. It is all quite delightful.

My quest for this kind of planner has taken me on many adventures this year. I have experimented with print your own PDFs, hard bound planners, filo faxes and the like. But after finding something gorgeous in Day Designer I decided the freight from the USA was not sustainable. So let’s see how this local planner from Loni Parker at Adore stands up to the test.

It feels robust and looks lovely. I am not a pastel gal at heart so I need to work hard at loving the soft hues she has chosen for the planners overall colorway. It has ample space inside for days, dates and times…..but little play space.  And it is large. I think this is a desk planner not a grab and go, take everywhere tool. So it will be a work in progress.

What planner do you use? What inspires you to get organized? I would love to know.
 I may design my own planner yet. Watch this space. X x

Words as Gift

I have been having this conversation with one of the teenagers – words. Words are really important. We use them to express emotion, ask for information, seek permission, say sorry, to share our stories and to offer thanks. The thank you is such an important part of being human. I remember after the birth of my first child being totally overwhelmed by how many friends, family members and strangers helped and supported us in the transition to parenthood. I was so grateful, so thankful.

Today I am thankful for this man. My man as he celebrates a special day.  He is a man of words. He uses language well, to express his mind and heart. And I love that about him. I guess that is a gift we give to one another each day.

Words as a gift.