Let’s just start with a quick airing of grievances. Actually, I just have one. I know it’s not Festivus, but sometimes we really need to speak out loud to our people. I hate what politics has done to Facebook. Or maybe I hate what Facebook has done to politics. And trust me, as the wife of a guy running for a local election, I’ve seen some pretty nasty stuff.
I shared this great quote earlier this week and I think it would do us all well to remember as the political situation with the GOP continues to heat up to blistering temperatures:
You never look good trying to make someone else look bad. ~Toby Mac
(I don’t know if he said it or just memed it, y’all. But it’s still truth!)
Needless to say, politicking is not for the faint of heart, y’all. Anyone willing to step into that hot mess and stand on a platform of integrity deserves our utmost respect. So kudos to my husband. He won. In related news, I’ve been just a teensy bit stressed. Or maybe a lot. And now I’ve got to go buy a dress to wear to the swearing in ceremony. More stress. Ha!
So I’ve got a few things that are helping me through this time. Because we all need our coping mechanisms, right?
How I’m finding Sanity:
I’ve got quite a few on my stack of current reads right now: (Affiliate Links used because blogger)
- Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch – Fantastic read that I’ve just started getting into!
- The 52 Lists Project – All lists. And y’all, I’m not really a listmaker, but this one helps get your mind off of your troubles and inspires you to do a little creative thinking and cataloging of your life. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
- Daring Greatly – Politics? New Business? Hanging out with 9 strangers at a beach house? Let’s just say this has been a rather daring year for me and it’s only February. I needed this fantastic pep talk from Brené Brown.
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. This was gifted to me by one of the amazing 9 strangers-no-more that I had the privilege to hang out with and learn so much from. Their willingness to include me in their group and generosity still overwhelms me. Tears, y’all. Seriously.
- Believing Jesus by Lisa Harper – Oh my goodness…I love the approachable way that Lisa teaches. She’s very relevant, but her studies are so DOABLE for busy moms. In a “God spoke to me through the words of others” moment, I ended up leading my small group in this study for the next couple of months, so I went ahead and got the companion book. I can’t wait to dive in. The first two chapters were fantastic.
- Song of Silence (Advanced Readers Copy) by Cynthia Ruchti – I’m about to bury my nose in this piece of fiction and can’t wait! I love Cynthia’s books and she is such a sweet, sweet lady. She has such a beautiful way with words, a true wordsmith, and often tackles some tough topics through her fiction. I love expanding my way of thinking through the power of a story.
Sometimes we have to wave our white flag and look for help in the things we don’t love so that we can give our best for the things that we do love. For me, this is shopping. I can’t even believe I’m saying it, but the truth is I just don’t really enjoy shopping anymore. Me and Amazon Prime are tight. As my above book list might have clued you in on, I buy books when I’m stressed. Amazon might be an enabler for this habit. But I won’t call it a bad habit. Because books.
Also, Amazon Prime’s streaming music and music player app! Oh my word. I have the best playlists y’all. The best. But that’s for another Friday.
Also, I’m loving my Trunk Club purchases and have already sent a note to Gretchen for a new trunk for Spring! This time I made a Pinterest board of what I’m digging for the spring to give her some more ideas to work with. If you don’t love shopping for clothes, I highly recommend you check out my review and sign up! I had the best experience and can’t wait to see what comes in the next trunk. I guess I should get busy cleaning out my closet! (See the Trunk Club vs Stitch Fix review)
You guys. I love my Mrs. Meyers Multi Surface Cleaner. I have the honeysuckle scent. And sometimes we just need to find our happy anywhere we can. So call it frippery or just plain old silly, but anything that can make my life in the kitchen happier gets a win from me. Every time I wipe down the counters with this stuff I think of spring. And man! It cuts through some serious mess.
I got mine at ePantry, along with some other great things! They don’t have honeysuckle scent anymore, but they DO have rosemary. Oh my! If you click the picture or the link below it, you can get your own little bit of happy cleaning goodness. They have a great promo going on! You get a free Mrs. Meyers hand soap (It’s divine, y’all!) and a $10 ePantry credit.
And the really great part is, now I’m getting all of my cleaning products at a great price without having to remember to pick them up at the store or go out of my way for special brands. Each month I review the shipment, add or remove products, and then it arrives at my door. I’ll never run out again. Unless I want to.
Get the deal: ePantry Promo-Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap & $10 Credit
I’m partial to this because I helped create it, but I’m really digging the Daily Scripture Writing Plans at Middle Places. They are such a great way to start my days. It’s never too late to join in! Just click here: March Daily Scripture Writing Plan.
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