Going digital instead of paper planner. Truth: I love pen and paper. But I was double-dipping, making sure appointments and visits from friends were on my phone because then I could easily be reminded of them, but also writing them down. And it was making me tired. It’s an area I needed simplicity more than my enjoyment of paper planners.
Flodesk for emails. It’s another monthly cost, but it is SO NICE for emails. I have segments for my podcast, for Beautycounter, for my blog posts, and the design capabilities delight my creative soul.
Blue light glasses. I wear them almost anytime I’m working on the computer or looking at my phone for longer than 5 minutes.
Taking kid’s clothes to consignment and shopping for new clothes with that store credit. This is the way.
My minimal-gluten-and-dairy-diet to help with my joint discomfort. It makes a difference. Still amazed.
Being mostly off social media. I post here and there for the podcast account and I do my parent’s company posts, but that’s it. It’s still nice for creating more roomy space in my soul and life. And I’ve enjoyed putting more creative energy toward my Substack essays.
What Didn’t Work:
Staying up too late. I have no hope of getting up before my family for some quiet, slow minutes if I don’t fall asleep until 11pm.
Doing a bunch of housework during the girls’ rest time. In the moment it feels productive and nice, but the minute they’re both awake and/or ready to go for the second half of the day, I’m annoyed I didn’t take the hour to actually rest. This year I want to try and set a 15 minute limit for picking up the high traffic areas but otherwise sitting on the couch or outside to read or write or listen.
Regular podcasting. And that’s okay. Seasons are what they are. We trust and follow God through them, yes? Indeed. :)
Here’s to another year.