About four years ago I began sharing about our experiences of overcoming obstacles in our lives in order to live the life we were created for. And as it seems for those who share their personal lives so publicly now I am faced with overcoming many of those same obstacles again.
Food – Clothing – Toys – Trash – Paper – Time
While our lives are still really busy we are starting to get back into a routine and realizing that the benefits of a more organized home, better health and less time managing the stuff in our lives will help us spend more time and energy on the things that matter.
Faith – Learning – Serving – Loving – Feeding People
That is how I want to approach the process this time. Believing that the time and effort that I put into it today will bring me to the place of space and margin that I strongly desire for my family. So rather than focus on the piles of laundry, stacks of paper and excess junk food in my kitchen I’ll be thankful for open eyes and a willing heart to do what I can today and wake up ready to do it again tomorrow. In addition to giving one another a lot of grace here are a few of the things we are focusing on this week:
Elizabeth and I are determined to get our family back on track with a focused diet on fresh, healthy locally grown foods. We’ll be making a list of the foods available on our farm, at Community Farmers market and working through some cookbooks to make a list of quick and easy recipes we can make together. We are trusting that when we move into our new farm that we will be able to grow most of our food ourselves and we want to be ready for the challenge.
I’ll break these down more in the coming weeks as we work through some of the clutter that has piled up in our lives. But at this point everything is blending together. It’s even hard to distinguish between what is trash and what’s really important. We’ll be making piles and like Lilah trusting that our farm is nearly ready for us. Some of the items will go into piles for keeping, moving boxes and a lot straight to the recycling or trash.
We aren’t really people with a schedule, but we are going to do our best to prioritize the important things and let the rest go. We want to make sure that we are using our days in ways that are meaningful and fulfilling. This week we’ll be making lists of the things that mean the most to us and the ways we’ve been wasting time.
Read more about the 100 Thing Challenge written in 2012.