Welcome back to the blog and The Weekender! The holiday break was crazy busy for me but also fun and relaxing some days. However, I’m glad to be stepping back into a normal routine and especially back into blogging. I didn’t quite realize how much I would miss it. Enjoy the links, and Happy Weekend!
- Now that you’ve made all of your grand plans – how about a time out? Maybe you say yes too often; maybe you want to take on all of the opportunities coming your way; but maybe you also need to stop and listen and consider with wisdom what is actually important and what you actually need to do. Maybe you think you can’t do it – can’t take that time away, can’t find any margin. But you can, you really can – and you should.
- Finding the margin in your life Speaking of margin – this is the blog post I read several years back that first taught me about margin and time-blocking and the like. It is so good, I still come back to it every time I feel the need to re-find that margin in my life. I also use it as a starting point for creating my regular schedule when I know I’m about to approach a really hectic time in my life. It doesn’t make everything easy and rosy, but it sure does help. Combine this with the book I mention below, and you are really well set for a less stressful year.
- One little book that transformed my year We went through this Bible study book and study guide in my ladies group at church this past year. I’m not normally a fan of study guides. I never get around to them, even in group study. But this one is worth it. Oh, so worth it! It is all about wisdom: learning what your best “yes” is, killing the need to please, no longer feeling guilt from disappointing someone which leads you to say “yes” to yet another commitment or event you really can’t fit in…I love this book. I really can’t say that enough. I did not get to finish the study since Prima was born smack dab into the middle of it, but I will be completing it on my own this year. I have still so far to go with using and applying wisdom to decision making. But even the half that I did study has helped me tremendously so far.
- Free Time Blocking Worksheets These can go along with that book I just mentioned. Although I’m going to use a digital version to get my ideal schedule blocked out for the year, I may also print these out and do it all by hand. I love doing things by hand.
- A free e-book lending library Don’t have Amazon Prime, but want access to a free lending library? I mean beyond the one your library probably has access to. I have a lot of wish list books that I can’t find in the library or through OverDrive, etc. However, within minutes of browsing, I found several of them on this site!
- Get those plates hung on the wall Ever wondered how? Procrastinating because you have no idea? Order a couple of these and get going.
- A subscription box just for book lovers! Okay, so I haven’t actually used this service, but I really, really want to. It looks like so much fun. And I have at least three friends who would love a gift subscription.