5 Things I Am Doing to Bounce Back

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Yesterday I shared with you that my life has felt a bit chaotic lately and that I have been struggling as a result. But, I am ready to get my life back in order, so here are five things I am doing to bounce back.

  1. I threw out my 2012 planner and bought a pretty new one because it’s the little things that make the mundane more fun. With my new planner, I will get back to planning our meals, my daily time with the boys, my blog posts, and all of the other things I want to be intentional about throughout the week.
  2. This week I am getting back to eating right and exercising and I also bought a pretty new water bottle to carry with me so that I will get back to drinking tons of water like I was a few months ago.
  3. I am also going to get back to earlier bedtimes and waking times so that I can be more productive in the mornings.
  4. I have started the SheReadsTruth “Fresh Start” plan on my YouVersion Bible app, and it has been a wonderful daily devotional and Bible reading plan. (If you don’t have a smartphone, you can follow along on their blog.)
  5. I am also taking a careful look at my circle of influence to make sure that I am surrounding myself with people who share my passions for motherhood, ministry, and creative living, rather than just losing myself in the world of social media as a tool of distraction.

I have a few goals for 2013 as well.

  1. I want to really figure out Aidan’s food allergies. We have determined gluten to be the main culprit, and have eliminated all gluten from his diet. He hasn’t had a painful episode since November, but he still has symptoms of food allergies that have me concerned. Please pray for me as I figure out the best route to take in getting him healthy and symptom free.
  2. I want to work on on our family photos and keepsake organization. It is an area that I am not strong in, but something that is important to me to do for the boys. I have albums of Jack’s first year, and then one little photobook of both boys in 2010 and they LOVE to look through those. So it is my goal this year to figure out what is going to work best for me (scrapbooks are out), and to get all caught up by the end of the year. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments of how you think I should go about this.
  3. I have been inspired by Meg Duerksen’s amazing craft weekends to host a craft day for the ladies in my family and also one for the ladies of my church. I would love for those to become an annual thing, and there is no time like the present to start planning.
  4. I have one other little dream twirling through my head and my heart that I am not ready to share quite yet. It needs a few more days of pondering. I hope to have more details for you later this week.

The younger me would scoff at such a short list of goals for an entire year, but the 32 year old me has learned that less is more and quality is better than quantity.

How do you bounce back after a slump? Have you set any goals for 2013?

Always,

Amanda



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Comments

  1. These are great!
    My goals are to be more disciplined. In my eating, exercising, routine of the day as homemaker and Mommy and in my time with the Lord.
    So far, 7 days in, and it’s going well!

  2. LOVE this! I feel the same (yes, the cute planner makes ALL the difference for me, too!), and want to surround myself with the encouragement that a mama, wife, and pastor’s wife so desperately needs! Praying for your renewed vision!

  3. Those sound like great things, some of which I need to do too. May I ask what planner you are using? I am on the hunt for one that will incorporate all of my life, including blogging.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      It is made by OrganizeHer and I purchased it at Target. I liked that it broke each day down into Me/Them categories, and because my boys are too young to have anything scheduled, I will just use those categories for my blog, homeschooling, meals, etc. And it is a nice size that will fit in my purse so I can carry it with me!

  4. Great ideas for bouncing back! I am the same way….Plan more, sleep more, eat right (or more right), and do more of whatever I should be/need to be doing. It’s amazing how doing the right things leads to do more right things and feeling like doing more right things.

    Love your goals too. They may be few, but they are major!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      “Doing the right things leads to do more right things and feeling like doing more right things.”

      You are so right!

  5. I have similar goals for myself but I’m pretty much on top of family photo organization. I like to use Shutterfly web albums (scrapbooks are out of the question for me as well). I find that if I’m patient I can usually stack enough promo codes to get a really great deal when I’m ready to print (even if that means waiting a month or two after the year is over to order the album from the year before). For the past couple years I have done a single yearly family album. I organize all my pictures by month (putting all the photos into a single “event” in iPhoto labeled with that month and upload them to a folder in Shutterfly also labeled with that month when the month is over). I try to work on the album a month at a time (I try to not get more than a month or two behind so it’s a manageable amount of time I’m spending on the computer on Shutterfly). I add more pages to the album as needed as the months go by. If we go on a long vacation (few and far between these days) I like to make a separate Shutterfly album of the vacation – I like to keep a daily journal on the trip so later when I’m looking back through our photos I can better label the photos and describe what we did each day. Good luck!

  6. Hey! Love this post- I’m encouraged and motivated by it!!

    Suggestion- look into smashbooks! I’m addicted- it is so much easier than scrapbooking but a great way to keep keepsakes together! I’ll do a post about mine shortly!

  7. I love the simplicity of your goals and how you clarified that a younger version of yourself would have rattled off a few goals. I used to do the same! My goals are still a bit in the forming stages. I am also finding that with age, I am less likely to put anything on paper, just to have it done.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I hear you there. I think some goals can’t be simplified down to a single line on a piece of paper. They happen more naturally as a result of making better decisions and life well-lived.

  8. I have barely even begun to think about 2013…not good, I know.

    You’ve got a great list! I’m going to have to look into the She Reads Truth….I enjoy those through the youversion app.

    Where did you get that super-cute planner?

  9. I love my CamelBak water bottle and as silly as that may sound to some, it really does help me drink more water daily. I’m thinking about ordering another just so when mine is dirty, I have an extra! Pretty journals and planners get me every time. I’m a sucker for pretty paper! We are eating healthier around here, cutting out processed food and sugar (as soon as all what we already had is gone!) I actually feel better already. Kids getting to bed earlier so I can get to bed earlier and up earlier, we are all the better for it. I can’t wait to hear the other ponderings on your heart.
    AND….what I finally started doing with our pictures. I use to be a scrapbooker and took great pride (uh…hum) and was always caught up. After Kate (kid 4) arrived, I scrapped her first year and haven’t scrapped since…she is almost 5 so to say I’m a bit behind is an understand….pride cometh before a fall said someone wise!! So now, I order us a family yearbook from snapfish, shutterfly or whoever has them on sale or I’ll wait till they are half and order. I weed through them by not adding to the 20 pages they allow for the original price so it helps me cut back on several pictures that are similar but still capture our most fun memories. Hope that idea helps. If you will start creating your book as you upload pics and wait until it goes on sale…it really doesn’t take that much time and it saves money….I feel productive when it arrives in the mail! My kids love them!!!

  10. oh my…sorry i left a novel!

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