A couple of weeks ago, I lost my voice for a few days.
You probably lost your hearing because my children were cheering so loudly.
At any rate, it’s been years since I lost my voice. It was like a crazy, out-of-body experience. I could see the words and speak them, but nothing came out. The ‘ol “we can’t hear you” joke got old. Fast. In addition to losing my voice, I felt like junk. In fact, in a 72-hour period, I stayed in the same pajamas and never showered. Sorry, TMI. I couldn’t sleep worth a darn, so I did what any self-respecting mom of six would do.
I binge drank hot tea and got lost in some seriously awesome podcasts. I know. The life. I’m living it.
During those wee hours at 2, 3 and 4am, I started doing some praying and reflecting and listening. Yes, Serial was really that good. But so was the peace and quiet. I started looking around my house, peeking in the nooks and crannies of my soul and taking a hard look at the cobwebs of my life and came to realize one simple conclusion.
There is too much stuff.
Too many clothes and too many toys. Too many trophies and too many knick knacks. Too much digital clutter and too much debt. Too many couch potatoes and not enough gratitude. Too much noise and not enough Jesus.
So the Mr. and I are doing something about it.
We were inspired by Courtney and her Simple Year project. And while the next sign up for her official class doesn’t occur until January, I knew I didn’t necessarily need a guide on how to simplify, I just needed the motivation. Enter: no voice.
It’s funny when you lose your main source of communication. You start finding other ways to connect with people and in doing so, I realized just how many parts of my life need decluttering, simplifying and downsizing. As Scott recently said, “I’m tired of keeping up with all this stuff when what I really want to do is spend time with people that I love.”
It’s true. I’m tired of picking up the gameroom, organizing the closets and cleaning the kitchen. I want more time to watch Harry Potter and take walks with the kids. The reality is? I already have the time, I’m just not using it to my advantage. Right now, I’m all SQUIRREL. And that has to stop. It’s not that I don’t love organizing our home and making it beautiful and functional – that part of me is staying intact, don’t you worry. It’s just that I want to be intentional about the time I have. And, I fully realize that I cannot organize my entire life 30 days so we’re taking one thing every month to make a priority.
I’m asking y’all to help keep me accountable.
June’s focus? WORK.
Eek. It’s appropriate because work is so tricky for me during the summer months. I have so much to complete, but the kids are home and I feel this constant struggle to be two places at once. At the end of June, I’ll let you know the progress we’ve made. Right now, it’s about putting systems in place. For me, that means setting aside time at night to work, a designated day to blog for the week and making sure there’s plenty of time for connecting with Scott and being with the kids.
Tall order, but I think we’re ready.
What is your biggest work struggle?