Thursday, February 7, 2013

Life Audit

For years now, I've been a fan of the lovely and oh-so-very-British Allison and her Brocante Home website.
She fills the posts and pages with lovely images, inspiring housekeeping ideas and honest soul-baring confessions of life in general. She often does a "life audit" post just to kind of show what is going on in her life. I love these peeks into other peoples realms and thought I'd share mine today. The graphic is used with Allison's permission.

Today I am… at work, enjoying a slow day of the boss being out of town, wearing jeans, scanning documents, afternoon coffee (it's a tad bit chilly) and music playing on the radio.

Feeling… wavering between confidence, hope and an occasional odd thought that gets tossed into the mix to keep things interesting. Better than it's been in the past week, I can sense God working in me. Good days always help though.

Reading… My Own Worst Enemy: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back by Janet Davis. I had gone into the local Christian bookstore looking at Bibles and didn't find what I wanted so I decided to stick with what I have and enjoy the notes and lines and markings as God's reminders of what He's done and is doing. It becomes like a journal of sorts for me. Anyway, I looked at the bargain rack of books and this bright red book stood out at me and felt like God saying - YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. So I bought it. And I'm plowing, mulling and pushing my way through it, ever-so-slowly because that's how books that are good for my soul tend to move for me. Slowly.

Eating… We've been eating a lot of slowcooker meals. It's so convenient, warm and tasty on a busy blustery workday. Truth be told, I've recently developed a hankering for pizza that doesn't seem to be easily satisfied. I think the issue is, yes we've been eating pizza and yes, it's been good, but what I'm really craving is a big thin, floppy NY-style slice of cheese pizza. Yum.

Planning… I've been saying this for years, but I mean it this time (you better wait until you see it to believe it) but I've been planning a filing system and a way to keep up accurately and timely with our financial obligations. Working full time and being busy with church and life and all that has left our household a bit on the chaotic/messy/no plan side of things. I'm slowly, very slowly getting things back in order.

Dreaming of… a beach vacation or a day off in the middle of the week for no good reason. Don't get me wrong, I like my job, but sometimes a girl just needs a day in the middle of the week to do nothing. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending upon the flip of the coin, I'm not a hookie player and I don't want to get sick so it will be a long time before this happens, especially since I've only been at my current job for 6 months.

Coveting… I can't think of anything I am coveting. The one thing I really wanted I was blessed with a couple of weeks ago as an early birthday present and I'm loving it so much! I try hard not to covet anything because then it just becomes an obsession.

Wishing… Self-discipline wasn't such an uncomfortable process and that there was a magical pill to just make things I want to change easy. But that wouldn't be growth then would it?

Working On… decluttering our home. I've done a lot and still have a long way to go. I need wisdom to know what to keep, what to get rid of and where to store things so they make sense and are easily accessible.

Celebrating… big and little victories in my life. Conquering anxiety issues - big. Finding dog beds that will keep the Pugs quiet at night - big and little at the same time. Getting a few new cute tops from Kohl's at great prices recently - little. Spending the evening with my family tonight with no where to go and no one to see and nothing to do - BIG.

Grateful For… Grace upon grace. My best friend Brad. My awesome slowcooker and two of my favorite slowcooker recipe websites - (Crockin' Girls and Six Sisters Stuff), my girls help in keeping the kitchen and living room straightened up on my busy days.

And finally tomorrow I will be… glad it's Friday! Ending my work week hopefully with a successful day. Looking forward to dinner with some new church friends who are kindred spirits and very entertaining. Fellowship is so sweet when it's led by the Lord (and it's people you like).

On my to-do list this month?
* Get up early enough to have a quiet prayer and reading time with God
* Plan a menu the way I used to - around coupons and store sales in order to save some money
* File all of the paperwork in my "to file" box.
* Move the living room furniture and vacuum everywhere, sprinkling the carpet with a custom blend baking soda and essential oils
* Go to Lowe's and get Pre-Emergent stuff for our yard and look at options for around our house to prevent weed-eater damage
* Eat good chocolate

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