Everyday Acts of Faith

I’ve been a little slow about posting recently, but I’ve been putting a lot of effort into establishing new routines and habits and while that has been really good for my family and for me, Continue reading

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Excuse the lack of posts…

It’s been a whole week since my last post and this one is going to be quick and not include any fun pictures…

Basically we are taking the month of January to make some choices about the rest of the year. So a lot of things are up in the air and not really in a place for me to write about them publicly. I’ve been doing some journaling and, as I posted last time, I’ve been doing some catch up on scrapbooking our past year in most of the free time that I would use to write posts.

We’ve also been trying new recipes that aren’t really set recipes or easy to document – the biggest winner by far was a spinach and arugula salad with honey goat cheese, strawberries,  and cashews/walnuts. I thought about writing a post but it was so simple and we didn’t even make our own dressing.

I’ve been sewing more but am not ready to post a bout it yet, especially since some of the projects are gifts I don’t want to show before I’ve given them.

And most importantly, I’ve been seizing the opportunity of having a little more time this month to go spend time with people and build up my local community (or catch up on phone dates with my extended community!) I’ve been trying to see shows or trading off on babysitting with my husband so he can see them. I’ve been trying to get to know some other moms more and planning playmates that are so much harder to work out once I’m in show mode. I’ve been taking time for dating my husband again and for taking care of myself a bit more, because we all seem to need a reset on that about this time.

And I’ve been focusing on not judging myself solely on output and achievements. So it hasn’t bothered me to miss a few scheduled posts the way it would have last year.

That being said, I still plan to get back into the swing of 3-ish posts a week. I’m just giving myself time and grace to get there 🙂 Now off to enjoy the weather this AZ weather!

Budgeting: Focus on what you’re budgeting FOR

It’s a little embarrassing to admit that the first time I really put myself on a budget was when I was in grad school. Before that budgeting either didn’t exist because I didn’t have to worry about budgeting much more than how I would manipulate my school lunch allowance to get maximum amounts of coffee without passing out from starvation (I had a stressful high school experience) or just the general mantra of I don’t know how much I’m making or how much stuff costs but I live by the basic rule of nope I can’t afford that and make myself miserable. Continue reading