“Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” 7-Day Challenge (Days 1-3)

Y’all, I am so excited. I was chosen, along with others, to be on the launch team for Crystal Paine’s new book, “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. If you don’t know who Crystal Paine is then you really need to check out  her site, Money Saving Mom. I absolutely adore Crystal and the work that she does. She’s pretty much my idol! Being a part of the launch team means that I get to read an advance copy of the book and I just have to say that this book is a God send. One of the things that I’ve always liked about Crystal is her ability to take what seems impossible possible once more. She does this by helping her readers to break goals and dreams into small, manageable pieces. Once you know where you are going, you have to break down the steps needed to get there!

For the last year I have felt that I am barely surviving while things I want to do have fallen by the wayside. One of those things is this blog. I always tell myself that I will make time to write and then end up forgetting about it. I don’t even have the goal to make money off of my writing anymore. I just want to reach people.

Anyway, part of the roll out for her new book is a free 7-day challenge that you can sign up for. The challenges for each day are taken right from the book. I strongly encourage all of you to sign up.

Here are the challenges that I have completed so far:

Day 1 (Tuesday): Make a list of everything that I need to do for Wednesday. The twist is that I had to automatically decide which two I would cross off. The entire exercise is to teach you that you have to say “No” to somethings if you want to lead a balanced life. Here is a picture of my to-do list (It’s kind of blurry so I also added a typed list under the picture):

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  • Wake up, read bible, pray
  • Wash dishes
  • Mop floors
  • Put out recycling
  • Write blog post
  • Write ROW post- PW Scones
  • Finish “Survival Mode”
  • Exercise
  • Clean out the car
  • Get familiar with curriculum for Sunday
  • Start crochet project
  • Homework
  • Post Office
  • Trash dump
  • Library

I forgot to take the picture until after I had already started completing items on the list. The two items I crossed off automatically were “start crochet project” and “clean out car”. Those were things that I would love to get knocked out but that I didn’t need to kill myself to get done.

Day 2 (Wednesday): Take ten minutes and come up with a list of innate gifts, talents and abilities. Then take ten minutes and write down what I like, admire, and appreciate about myself. Here is what I came up with:

  • Writing
  • Working with kids
  • Singing (not like star quality, but I’m not too shabby)
  • Leadership
  • Team player
  • Dedicated
  • Hardworking

It feels weird to sit and think about the good when I’m usually focused on things I don’t do well.

Day 3 (Thursday): Create my ideal morning routine.

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If it’s blurry to you it says:

  • Wake up NLT (no later than) 6:15 a.m.
  • Exercise- 30 mins
  • Shower- 15 mins
  • Coffee/Bible- 30 mins

I know that I’m more productive when I can get up before the kiddos wake. My problem is that I can never seem to get in bed at a decent time. Justin also still wakes up anywhere from 1 to 2 times a night so I don’t get much non-interrupted sleep. I also sometimes feel like I neglect one of the most important things and that’s my physical and spiritual health. I need to start taking care of me so that I’m not so burnt out all of the time.

In a few days I’ll post again with days 4 & 5 of the challenge along with an update on how I’m doing with getting up earlier.

Do you plan to sign up for the challenge? Let me know how you do and what you think by commenting below or sending me a tweet!

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Summer Reading

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My apologies for the extremely poor photograph. I don’t have the money to buy a good camera and I can’t upgrade my phone for a few more weeks. I’ve always wanted to get into photography and hope to find a good used camera one day soon. Until then, this is what you get! 🙂

Anyway, I was looking around the house today and I noticed that I have books everywhere. Several I’ve already started and a few I’ve barely even glanced at. The picture is actually all of the books that I plan to finish reading by the end of July. Looking at this picture, I also see that my reading tastes have changed a lot in the last few years in that I read a lot more Non-Fiction and Religious based material.

Here’s what I’m reading:

1) Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman

2) The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

3) Tomorrow’s Garden by Amanda Cabot (Book 3 in the Texas Dreams series)

4) The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer

5) The Lean Belly Prescription by Travis Stork, M.D.

6) Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

I started reading just about everything I could get on devotionals and becoming a better Christian when I started taking my walk seriously. I’m also trying to improve upon the person that I am professionally and physically. (Which would account for The Lean Belly Prescription. That’s one that I’ve barely touched. Whoops!) Not sure if you noticed, but I only own one of those books. I’m a pretty frequent visitor at my local library.

I’m sure my list will grow considering I’m always seeing book reviews on Facebook and I constantly browse the new book display at the library. I may have too many books and not enough time, but I think that’s a pretty good problem to have!

What are you reading this summer? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Leave a comment here or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie. You can also leave a comment on my Facebook page!