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Only 2 more weeks until school comes to an end in our area. Well for the public school kids that is. Our two teenagers will be doing school over the summer so that they have more free time during our BIG trip to take in the sites. Thankfully Time4Learning takes a lot of the planning and marking work out of my hands, and my visual learners really like it. Up until now we have used it just for English but we are going to use it for History as well this upcoming school year.
First thing I am loving this week
Despite the cold and rainy weather in Indiana, this past week, my husband and I did get to go for a long bike ride Friday afternoon. We biked just over an hour ,on a local trail, out to one of our favorite restaurants. After dinner we headed over to the local ice cream parlor for ice cream before biking over an hour back to our home.
psst….long bike rides are much more comfortable since I bought padded shorts . I also saw a huge difference in comfort when I swapped out my bike seat to one with more support (okay cushioning but support make me sound like less of a wimp!)
Second thing I am loving lately
The encouragement I needed to hear
Right around 4 1/2 years ago I started this blog with the goal of making a full-time income by the 4 year mark and that hasn’t happened.
Now I do feel very blessed to make the steady part-time income I do make but I would be lying if I said that seeing others reach the same goal (full-time income) in less time has not been H.A.R.D.
There are days where I feel like I have the word FAILURE stamped across my forehead. One day last week when I was feeling just like that I got in an Epsom salt bath with the intention of digging into Karen Kingsbury’s book 15 Minutes.
I always read Kingsbury’s book dedications to all her family members in every one of her books. In the dedication to one particular son I saw the sentence “Keep working, keep pushing, keep believing.” and it was like the words jumped off the page and into my heart.
I needed those words so desperately in that moment. Perhaps you need them too. Slow growth is not no growth. Slow growth allows for the life balance we all crave. It allows for rest. It allows for relationships to grow and deepen. However sometimes slow growth means waiting even longer than we would like for a goal to be reached. Sometimes it means we hear the cheers for others crossing the finish line while we are still miles behind on the journey.
That is OKAY! Keep working, keep pushing, keep believing!
Third thing I am loving this week
A book that thrills my thrifty giving heart
Since receiving my Ultimate Homemaking Bundle I have been digging in to the amazing wealth of knowledge within it.
One of the first books I opened was Thinking Outside The Gift Box: 75 Simple & Meaningful Gift Ideas To Spark Your Creativity . I am LOVING all the great meaningful yet thrifty gift ideas within its pages.
These gifts will mean so much to your loved ones. I will be trying out several of Lauren’s ideas in the months to come.
And A Blogging Announcement
I am feeling lately like the blog has gotten a little too “thrifty people do” heavy. This blog is suppose to be about so much more than ways to save and earn money. This blog is suppose to inspire you to figure out how to live on less and get your work done in less time, so that you can have more money and time for the passions that spark joy in your life.
So I am moving my monthly goal update and cluttering project update from Monday to Wednesdays and making Mondays mostly about how to simplify life so you can have more time for all that brings you true joy.
That means the first Wednesday each month will be a goal update. All other Wednesdays will be a 3 Things I am LOVING Lately post with the fourth Wednesday sharing a picture at the bottom of the clutter I tossed during the month.
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