SATURDAY: SIMPLE SEPTEMBER CONTINUED…

My plan is to reflect and make SEPTEMBER even more about…

SIMPLICITY…
STILLNESS…
SILENCE…
SUSTAINABILITY…

Like I mentioned, I have been really pursuing the simplicity and stillness life.
 (Go here for part one of this post)

The silence…I have always been comfortable with.
Sustainability has been a fantastic journey the last 5 years with my physical health…and I have been challenging myself with the mental health…

But most of this year I have sought out living even more simply.  I have sought out greater, longer moments of silence to listen to God’s words (God’s whispers) and I have sought out creating a lifestyle for my family that is sustainable and balanced.  Whether it is how we approach our faith, our fitness, our food, or our fun.  It must be something we are always striving to work on, to improve on, to build on, to live in!

Thus, creating a lifestyle that is sustainable and not a yoyo, but more like a rubberband, allowing us to stretch ourselves, sometimes retreat to regroup but then stretch out again and this time a bit further.

With that I have been wanting to give each day of the week a theme, a topic I am passionate about.  Topics I love sharing about.  Now, before I share the list of topics don’t worry I have NO intention of posting each day of the week.  That is not going to be conducive to me living a SIMPLE SEPTEMBER.  Actually starting the first week in September I will post something once a week or more, of what I may have written…jotted down….read….listened to….followed….etc.  Therefore anyone who cares to know can know….I know there is at least 5 of you who read or follow…lol!

Therefore if you don’t want to miss out on any of the postings on your own please do take the moment to subscribe to this blog so you can receive reminders and you don’t have to rely on me to send you a reminder of my posting on FB or Pinterest.  Because, sometimes I just run out of time to do that! 🙂

Thus starting in September I may post on Monday and Tuesday, or just Tuesday and Saturday, or Tuesday only….who knows….

 My goal is to actually with these themes to be able to keep them short snippets as well as easy to find exactly what a person might be looking for.

It will be easy to maneuver looking for something that is related to a topic by using the search engine within the blog.  Thus if looking for recipes…search Tasty or Tuesday or Recipes….therefore you will only have all the postings related to food…

I am really excited to organize my days and weeks of the week related to my thoughts and passions.  Plus it allows me to have my fun with spinning words…as you all know by now that I love a play on words and letters.

Thus with further ado….here are the themes and thoughts behind them!

(to be continued….)

***I COULDN’T RESIST….READ TOMORROW FOR THE 3RD AND FINAL PART OF THIS POST TO FIND OUT MY FUN THEMES AND PLAY ON WORDS***

FRIDAY: FEELING SIMPLE IN SEPTEMBER!

September…

Embracing the silence…
the stillness…
…simplicity…
…sustainability…

What is it about today’s time, generation, that feels we have to be going going going?

Few people seem to be willing to just sit still for even 5 or 10 minutes without having to be “entertained” or doing something.

How many of us feel we must have the next best thing to accomplish “xyz”?

And how many of us chase the next “best” product, supplement, diet, toy, vacation…to achieve our goals of “satisfaction”?

I challenge all of us to truly think…reflect…pray…during the month of September…on…WHAT DOES OUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL TRULY NEED!?!

How can an individual truly be content in the silence?
…to feel PEACE?
…to gather STRENGTH?

How can someone truly approach each day with simplicity?

A simplicity that still allows us to be responsible…
…yet shed away ALL unnecessary gunk, distractions, of over scheduling…
technology overload
therefore sitting down with family or friends for tea, coffee, a bite to eat, or even a nice glass of wine!

And how can we sustain new habits? Whether in our spiritual life…our physical life….healthy lifestyles and choices…our mental life….our ambitions…goals..purpose….?

I’ve been pursuing these traits…these goals of simplicity, stillness, sustainability, with great pursuit these last couple of years.  I have found it challenging at times, yet also very rewarding.

As I prepare to enter into September, I want to share some ways I have learned to simplify my life. 

***READ MORE TOMORROW FOR PART 2 OF THIS 3 PART WRITE UP LEADING INTO SEPTEMBER***

blessings and hugs…
~K 🙂

September Sunday!

I am beyond excited today!!!

It was extremely hard for me to contain myself to not get up and just start writing/blogging but I practiced some good discipline….lol….after all if I am spending all my time blogging well that sort of defeats my “fasting” from Facebook, right!?

Well today is September 1st!  Thus the beginning of my new chapter…my new challenge…in life.   I had a dear friend last week express how she loves how I am continually challenging myself.  I laughed cause I am sure many people think I am just bonkers.  But I can’t help it…it is my nature :)!

So anyone who is new to reading this…I have chosen to “unplug” from many modern conveniences during the month of September.  The point of it is to challenge myself in re-evaluating time management, as well as true necessities in life.

I have many stores that are within a mile of where I live that allows me to truly get everything and anything I could possibly need to manage a month of responsibilities and then more.  I can grocery shop, household needs, clothing, reading, spiritual….you name it I truly have it within arms distance.

Therefore, I cannot drive for any shopping this month.   I decided to add the element of only getting onto Facebook but once a week on Sunday for approximately an hour ( a little in the morning….and any follow ups in the evening).

What’s my point….my purpose?  My purpose is to slow down again….to remember there is a time, a place, a season for things.

I thought it was fitting for me since I just recently made some pretty big changes in my life that I will be sharing with you all over the next month.

I wanted to really start my new chapter with a renewed sense of time and needs.

Needs:  about 3 years ago I did this whole purging of stuff from our home and in the process it was a wonderful cleaning of the mind.  But just as prayer is a practice and discipline you must do each day to not get rusty, it is easy to find yourself starting to slip into old habits of holding on to stuff you really don’t need and/or buying stuff you really don’t need.

Thus, the purpose behind only walking is to examine while I am shopping I have to realize I have only a backpack….and how heavy do I really want to fill it….what in my basket is a true need and what is a want!

Time:  We have become spoiled and taken it for granted that we can just jump into our cars and zip from this place to that place.  And sometimes we get so caught up with going going going that we forget just how long it may take to do something or get somewhere….thus over budgeting our time.  We all suffer from this.  We add stress to our bodies, our minds, our souls.  We take time from our kiddos….our friends.   We become impatient with other people around us….less loving….less compassionate because by golly we have places to go, people to see, things to do!!!!

Thus, by walking it reminds a person: how bad do I really need to go to the store….how much time do I spend in the car zipping from store to store….and possibly not managing my time as well as I thought I was.

Both of these tie into the added element of Facebook.   We all know FB can be a huge time sucker and it really isn’t a need….we can survive without it!

Do not get me wrong….I love being able to connect with dear friends, family on FB.  I also enjoying reading about other like minded people with some of the things I follow on FB.  But we can become obsessive and even egotistical when we spend too much time in anything that is that sort of setup of open dialogue.  We can obsessively check who read a post.  We can egotistically think we are the only ones who can offer certain thoughts, or wisdom, or information.  It is always good to give ourselves a check and balance.

I am not sharing something that is foreign to anyone.  I am just willing to be out here, a vulnerable, open book for all to see and read!   NONE of us are perfect….and anyone reading this who may find themselves saying I don’t ever get obsessive or egotistical about my FB posting (or anything in life) is lying to themselves because we are all vulnerable to it.  And we all need to check ourselves from time to time!

Okay well…..I think that is enough for now….I have the sweetest little girl who is ready for me to play with her!  And that is one date I do not plan on being late for :)….

Blessings and prayers to each and everyone of you!

Sensational Satuday!

It is interesting to me how technology can do so much for us yet it can also limit us.    

What happen to sitting down with a good book? Now we have kindles and Nooks and iPads.   We have so many choices on our devices that we easily get distracted by all our choices.   Therefore we never take the time to just be still with that one book.  
Or what about writing?   We post all over the place…
Facebook…..google+….twitter…our blogs :-)….
We forget to just grab a notebook and pencil so we can write and doodle!
Heck here I am posting on my blog from my phone!
I realized there was an app for it and I wanted to try it.   
I think the key to all of this is finding…striking a balance.   And that is my goal for my September challenge.   
….creating peace…remembering the simple things….and focusing on the things that really matter….
Faith….family…fun!!!!!

Marvelous Monday

I am excited to get my September challenge up and going!   So much so that I felt it strongly in my heart to go ahead and atleast unplug from Facebook starting today.  I don’t want the mental distraction as I prepare myself mentally and spiritually for this exciting month coming up in less than 6 days!

Josephine and I did a pre-challenge grocery walk on Saturday to get a few supplies from Natural Grocers as well as going to the Family Christian store to use a coupon we had for a few books for her.  It was relaxing and nice to know we could only purchase what could fit in my backpack and really focus on what was a need versus a want.

Anyone coming to this page randomly, who I haven’t emailed or mentioned on facebook with, my family is going to embark on a simplify and unplug challenge for the month of September.   We have many great stores within a mile or less of us that can provide all grocery, household, or any other supplies, shopping needs.   Therefore any shopping that needs to be done during September has to be walked to.  Therefore allowing us to really think about time management, monetary management, and the “weight” of what we need versus want when we fill up our baskets at the stores.

During the month of September I will be giving my blog here a facelift.  I want to add some of my favorite resources: blogs, websites, etc….that help me grow in my faith…whether it is about Family….Food…..Fitness…Fun…..Faith…..

Spread the word that you can check me out daily, weekly…whenever with this blog.  Leave comments….discussion….email me through here if you want…..I love hearing others thoughts and insight on any and all topics!

Have a glorious and blessed day!

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