A new tradition for January


I am a planner. Drives me crazy. I like to have a plan. Then something changes and I have to change the plan. But the plan is always there.

I have tried long term plans and short term plans. Google calendar and a wall calendar worked for a while. Last year I tried a planner. I tried a few and then had other lists for planning things like my blog or homeschooling.

Right now the bloggers and podcasters are raving about planners and power sheets, goals, and things they will accomplish in 2019. Sounds good for a planner like me, right?

But it’s not. I have no idea what I want 2019 to look like. I have no idea when we are leaving Korea this year, nor do I know where we are moving. This also means that I don’t know if we will live somewhere where I will homeschool or if I need to go back to work.

What I need to do in in 2019 is trust. To trust that God has a plan for our family. That He knows what is best and will direct our steps. I also need to enjoy this season of life. Clarissa will only be 5 once and we will only be in Korea for a few more months. I need to enjoy it now because when we move back to the US, life will be different. It does not mean bad, just different. I don’t want to look back on the end of our time here and regret not being fully present.

So for January (we’ll starting now really), I want to turn off all the voices. I took Facebook and my podcast app off my phone. I want to spend more time with the people in front of my face and take some time to write. And spend some extra time with Jesus.

Make Over Your Mornings Take 2


Last summer, I tried the Makeover Your Mornings course when it first came out. It did help me to have a more productive summer and fall. I really enjoyed a relaxing spring and then had a lot of vacation bible school work to do over the summer, so I knew that I wanted to do it again after our trip to Japan.

On day one she writes:

“The goal of this course is not to create productivity for the sake of productivity. As satisfying as it is to cross things off your to-do list, it is not an end in itself. Making over your morning is simply a way to ensure you have more time and energy for the things that matter most: caring for your family, serving in a ministry, starting your own business, learning a new skill, or taking the time to refresh and refuel yourself.”

Who can’t use more of that?!

I also like that she talks about how a simple evening routine can set your morning up for success. For me that means doing dishes, packing the diaper bag for the next day, and setting out my glass of water.

This course also really helped me think through how I should prioritize my time. In this way, I can have a more productive day because I think about what things are more important uses of my time. There were a couple of days devoted to goal setting, which really helped me prioritize my schedule.

On day nine, she actually has you come up with a morning routine. I appreciate what she says:

“I don’t maintain my morning routine perfectly every single day, but I keep coming back to it because it has borne such good fruit in my life and in my family’s life. Remember, a good routine will help simplify your morning rather than create new anxiety about perfectionism.”

Day 12 talks about how having routines can help streamline your day and eliminate decision fatigue.

On day 13, she says, “failure is evidence that you are trying.” She talks about reevaluating your routines every 21 days to see if they are still working for you.

I like the format of the Makeover Your Mornings Course. Each day there is a short video, a couple of pages to read, and an action step or two. The whole process takes about 15 minutes of your day. The beauty of it is that since you have access to the videos and reading all the time, you can take more than 14 days to finish. There isn’t a date tied to your access. So you can take two or three days for each topic if you really like it or need more time (or get too busy and don’t get to it on a particular day).

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Make over your mornings


I must be on a Crystal Paine kick because I feel like I have been blogging about her a lot lately!

A few weeks ago she launched a 14 online course called Make Over Your Mornings. When I read her other books, I wasn’t feeling like my morning routine was awful, but she had a launch special for $5 with a thirty day money back guarantee, so I decided to check it out. I was not disappointed!

She set up the course to take about fifteen minutes per day. There is a workbook to read, a video to watch, and an assignment to do each day. The surprising thing was that the course didn’t mention a morning routine until day eight.

The course covers topics such as creating an evening routine that sets you up for a successful morning, goal setting, and priorities among other things. But those were the three that I enjoyed the most. I never thought about creating a bedtime routine to make my morning run more smoothly. But packing the diaper bag for the next day or sorting the trash has really helped me get out the door more quickly in the  mornings. I also really enjoyed thinking about goals for my year. The course helped me to break my goals down into smaller pieces which is actually helping me make a to do list that is more productive because I am working toward larger goals instead of just cleaning.

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