It’s Friday the first in February! And I love alliteration folks.
But it’s the first of the month and that means a new monthly spread in my Blessed Is She planner! And I am just so excited about it. I was debating between going full-on Valentine’s theme. But I decided on a subtler floral theme because I am craving spring time and pleasanter weather. I saved the Valentine’s theme for my bullet journal habit tracker.
Now important question: What team are you on? Are you on the academic year planner team or the calendar year planner team?
I’ve always leaned towards academic year planners because I was in school for 47 years and it’s just stuck. But every time I think of switching to the calendar year, I get anxiety because that means I’ll have a planner lapse between August and January! GASP! Or I’ll have a planner I’ve used from only August through December then I’d have to start over! DOUBLE GASP!
Yes I realize, these are interesting things to obsess about, but hey, I’m my own version of weird. Read More
My friends, the Lent season in the Liturgical year is always a transformative season for me. Sometimes I am renewed, sometimes my heart is burst open, and sometimes I am comforted while I carry my own crosses. Last Lent, I was deep in those feelings of fear and anxiety as I had just found out about my unexpected pregnancy. Between the crippling morning sickness, the start of my new director role at work, and my general anxieties, Lent was a challenging season to say the least. But thankfully, I walked alongside thousands of women as we reflected on what it meant to be a believer and what it meant to pick up our crosses.
Needless to say, I am approaching this Lent in a different stage of life. Our sweet Theo is here and although the overwhelming reality of three(!!) kids is nothing to scoff at, I am comforted by how the Lord has provided for us this past year and how He has not removed those crosses, but shown me how to find grace in the daily stresses and suffering.
So I am incredibly excited to have this year’s Blessed Is She Lent Devotional in my hands. This Lent, we will explore the depths of Christ’s sacrificial love. Read More
Last week was particularly busy, but thankfully I had my planner to help me sort through my thoughts and to-dos. I was exhausted by the time I got home from work each day, so I didn’t pop on to blog at all (GASP) and I didn’t get to show you my week 4 planner spread (DOUBLE GASP). But hopefully that means today is a treat because I get to show you both planner spreads for week 4 and week 5! Mini-celebration, woo!
2019 planning is in full swing. For those of you who just started using your 2019 planner, how is it going for you? Do you feel like you are keeping up with it? I used to be rather wishy-washy with planner usage, but since getting the Blessed Is She planner, I’ve completely committed to writing everything out. I also use it as a memory keeper too. It’s just the best.
Happy planning! Read More
Over on my Instagram, I get this question a lot:
How do I handle work/life balance?
I have a love-hate relationship with this question. On the one hand, it’s an honest question. I work full-time out of the home and I have a family and other stuffs going on that need my attention. How do I manage this someone might wonder. But on the other hand, I know this whole balance phenomenon is really another way to make women feel badly about themselves because we go straight into the comparison game. Because the truth is, what works for one family and one working mother is different than what works for another family. Balance is a myth, an illusion. Because everyone’s balance scale is made differently. How we divide our hours or household duties or parenting responsibilities is completely unique to each family. So now that that’s out of the way, I can tell you what works for me.
I’m always learning and our situation is always changing and our stage of life is ever-evolving, so this is what works for me right now. (Legal disclaimer - I have no idea what I am talking about. Okay, maybe not a legal disclaimer, just my general motherhood motto, ha! *upside down smiley face emoji*)
Get all our stuff ready the night before.
Heading out the door, I’ve got to grab my lunch, the kids’ lunches, pumping parts, purse filled with my planner and wallet and anything I’ll need, jackets, spare diapers, tuition checks, breakfast, etc. I have found that our mornings run much more smoothly when we have things ready the night before. Emma lays out her clothing. The lunches are packed. Bottles are clean. My outfit and accessories are folded nicely in a little pile. That way, I can wake up early, get ready in the bathroom, then wake the kids and feed them breakfast and head out the door. It’s much easier than wondering WHERE THE DANG SHOE WENT. You know what I mean. Read More
I promised myself that when I went back to work, I would keep up with regular posting. We’ll see how well I do at keeping that promise. I may just have to type out posts after all the kids go down or, in this case, while Theo is sleeping on my chest and I’m balancing my computer on my lap with pillows. But I’ll cut to the chase so on to the planner!
For my planner spread this week, I used my new sticker book with boss babe themed stickers in honor of my return to work. I’ve been experimenting with my layouts, so I like how this one turned out. Which reminds me, I need to show you my bullet journal spreads too. I’ll add that to my “to blog” list.
Here is this week’s spread! I am all heart eyes for it. Read More