Cultivating a Peaceful Home Life

There was a lot of uncertainty in 2020 but the one common thing we all experienced was home. We worked, schooled, and played from home. And things don’t seem to be changing as we enter 2021.

And while I will never claim to be an expert on home, I do have some systems and techniques that I’ve learned through trial and error to make my home a place of peace and enjoyment. Because let’s be honest, without a plan or system in place, the walls can begin to close in pretty quickly.

Tip #1

Shift your attitude.

This tip is 100% free to do and requires no supplies or equipment. Ha But this is a key step. Whether you struggle being at home because you are an extrovert or you don’t like where you live or the type/style of home you live in, we can all find reasons for why we don’t like being cooped up in our houses.

But contentment and joy is not about circumstances, it’s about choice. We can choose to see the beauty in where we live. We can choose to be happy where we are.

Tip #2

Address your stressors.

Being content doesn’t mean you can’t improve the things you CAN control. If the wall color of your living room makes you angry, that’s a $30 fix! If the clutter makes you claustrophobic, take a week and declutter your house and donate what you no longer need. If the layout of your bedroom isn’t flowing, change it up!

I have found that viewing my home as my field of work changes my mindset from one of victimization to one of purpose. If I was working an office job, how would I handle systems that weren’t effective? Would I continue to do the same thing over and over at my job if it was ineffective? If it ain’t working, change it!

Tip #3

Create rhythms instead of schedules.

I am about as “type b” as they come, meaning I do not thrive under rigorous schedules and I’m generally pretty laid back when it comes to organization etc.

And as much as I wish I was super organized and scheduled, that just isn’t my thing. But all of us, no matter our personalities, need order in our lives.

I’ve found (through much trial and error) that I stick with rhythms in my day and not time set schedules.

So what do I mean by rhythms?

For us, it’s a general flow of the day. I try to get up a little before the kids and do my bible reading, they come out of their rooms at 8 (they have clocks in their rooms), we eat breakfast and do our read aloud and character cards.

We work on schoolwork and chores after that, in whichever order work best for that day. After lunch they sometimes do quiet time in their rooms, or will watch a movie in my bed.

Our afternoon is spent either catching up on schoolwork we didn’t get to in the morning, or playing outside.

What’s nice about rhythms if they are so adaptable. On days where the weather is pretty in the morning but it is supposed to rain in the afternoon, we shift it around so that they have outside playtime in the morning, etc. You get the gist.

But I’ve found when I don’t box myself in my a strict schedule, but rather a general list of things that need to be accomplished at some point each day, I feel less stressed and stick to it on days where it all hits the fan.

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That’s about all I have for today. I have so much more I could share, and I may compile some more tips on creating a peaceful space through your decor if that would be helpful? Having a beautiful space that reflects YOU really does help a lot and it isn’t as hard as you think!

Anyways, I hope this helped and encouraged you guys. I hope home becomes a peaceful and sacred place for you guys.

3 Tips for Memorizing More Scripture

How To Memorize More ScriptureMemorizing Scripture is one of those things that I know I should do, but always seem to make excuses not to do.

It’s just so time consuming.

SHAME ON ME. Even just writing that out makes me feel bad. What a lame excuse!

Having Scripture tucked away in your mind and heart is not only a good way to speak truth to yourself throughout the day (because as a mommy, sitting down with my bible and notebook only happens when the little one is asleep…And I NEED it countless times in a day!), but is also a way to guard yourself against sin.

Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11

So I have been consistent with memory verses since January (it was one of my New Year’s resolutions), and I thought I would share some things I’ve found to be helpful in being consistent.

3 Tips for Consistent Scripture Memory:

1. Start slow. You don’t have to memorize 29 verses a week. Start off with one verse a week, or even one verse every two weeks. My rule is I move on to a new verse when I can recite it completely from memory. Some may take longer than others.

2. Keep your memory cards in your bible. I write my memory verses on blank business cards and then stick them in my bible. That way I know where they are, and it’s not an additional thing I have to get out when I’m doing my quiet time. This was huge for me! And it’s so simple. I had done verse packs and bought all kinds of holders for them, but after a month or so, I would misplace them, and bye-bye verses! Now I know when I sit down to read my bible that my verses are right there and I recite them before I begin my reading.

3. Keep an ongoing list of future verses to memorize. When I come across a verse in my reading that I really love and want to remember, I have a sheet dedicated in the back of my notebook for future memory verses. When I have completed them, I scratch a line through them and move down to the next one. This is great because I am never at a loss of what to memorize.

And that’s it! I hope these help you as much as they’ve helped me. It’s all about finding what works for you and what will help you be most successful in being consistent. Because this is SO important.

What habits have helped you in your scripture memory?

August Challenge: Two Weeks WITH Make-Up

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Okay, so this month’s challenge may seem odd. Especially with so many women baring their faces for “no make-up Mondays” and posting selfies with #nomakeup.

Well for this bum, every day is no make-up Monday!

Blame it on the fact that I am a new mom. Or a wife. Or a woman. Or a brunette. Basically I use any excuse I can.

Because I hate wearing make-up.

I don’t know why. I definitely like the way I look better with make-up, but for some reason I don’t like the way it feels. I’ve tried every kind of foundation…but I still just don’t like the way it feels.

That being said, my poor husband didn’t realize that when we got married that I would turn into an ole hag and never do my hair or make-up again. I realized this one day when I wore make-up because I had an appointment, and he just stared at me and was like “You are just so beautiful.”

Now, before anyone gets all mad at my husband and thinks he doesn’t think I’m beautiful without make-up. BACK IT UP.

I mean. No, honey, that’s simply not true.

Chris is SO precious and tells me I am beautiful every day. But he’s still a man who appreciates it when his wife keeps herself up and puts a little effort into her appearance, like…I don’t know…showering? (ha…wish I was kidding)

So, this is my challenge for myself this August:

I will wear make-up every day for the next two weeks.

Now my reasoning for this is two-fold:

1) I want my husband to know that I love him and care about the way I look for him. I want to do something a little extra…even if it is something as silly as wearing make-up.

2) I’m hoping (*fingers crossed*) that I will get into the habit of wearing make-up more if I do it consistently for the next two weeks. I feel more put together when I do my make-up, even if I would rather be “clean-faced.”

So what about you ladies? Is this a struggle for any of you?

If so, want to join my challenge? Let me know how it goes!!

August Challenge: Two Weeks WITH Make-Up

image-12
Okay, so this month’s challenge may seem odd. Especially with so many women baring their faces for “no make-up Mondays” and posting selfies with #nomakeup.

Well for this bum, every day is no make-up Monday!

Blame it on the fact that I am a new mom. Or a wife. Or a woman. Or a brunette. Basically I use any excuse I can.

Because I hate wearing make-up.

I don’t know why. I definitely like the way I look better with make-up, but for some reason I don’t like the way it feels. I’ve tried every kind of foundation…but I still just don’t like the way it feels.

That being said, my poor husband didn’t realize that when we got married that I would turn into an ole hag and never do my hair or make-up again. I realized this one day when I wore make-up because I had an appointment, and he just stared at me and was like “You are just so beautiful.”

Now, before anyone gets all mad at my husband and thinks he doesn’t think I’m beautiful without make-up. BACK IT UP.

I mean. No, honey, that’s simply not true.

Chris is SO precious and tells me I am beautiful every day. But he’s still a man who appreciates it when his wife keeps herself up and puts a little effort into her appearance, like…I don’t know…showering? (ha…wish I was kidding)

So, this is my challenge for myself this August:

I will wear make-up every day for the next two weeks.

Now my reasoning for this is two-fold:

1) I want my husband to know that I love him and care about the way I look for him. I want to do something a little extra…even if it is something as silly as wearing make-up.

2) I’m hoping (*fingers crossed*) that I will get into the habit of wearing make-up more if I do it consistently for the next two weeks. I feel more put together when I do my make-up, even if I would rather be “clean-faced.”

So what about you ladies? Is this a struggle for any of you?

If so, want to join my challenge? Let me know how it goes!!