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And Just Like That…

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… my eldest daughter is in college.

August has been mostly taken up by frantic final preparations for our big summer road trip and then the actual two-week road trip. We borrowed my in-laws’ pickup and camper and set out to have a few fun days in Idaho before dropping my daughter off in Montana for her freshman year of college. After the big move-in day and orientation, we took the two youngest and headed down to Yellowstone National Park for a quick couple of days of exploration and then headed home.

There’s a lot of this sort of thing in Montana. I kind of love it.

(Side note: If you are one of the folks who left a comment on a recent post and never saw it approved, let me just apologize for the languishing. I barely touched my computer for two weeks.)

So this week was a reset week.

I had to reset… basically everything.

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On Motherhood and Callings and Turning 50

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Photo credit: Vitalik-sv

I turn 50 next month.

I’ve mentioned this before. I actually think I’m okay with the number. I’m not sure I’m okay with all the myriad aches and pains that are suddenly showing up.

Milestone birthdays, though, tend to put one in a contemplative frame of mind. Couple the approaching milestone with my two oldest children moving away, and my head is bound to start down some paths that I’m going to need to process and share.

And so it is that I come to this blog–a topic that I’ve been noodling over for… maybe a couple of years, to be candid. I’ve been afraid to post about this–afraid of judgment and questions and disagreement.

I think I’m not going to fear that.

So if you’ll all forgive me, I’m just going to get kind of real and very open and maybe a little Jesus-y… And it’s quite likely that I will mightily offend some people. And I think I’m okay with that.

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On Camping

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We camped last weekend.

This was the first time any of us had tent camped in a year–basically since the same weekend last July. My two daughters and I went yurt camping in March, but yurt camping is pretty plush when you’re used to sleeping on the ground in a tent. So really, this was our first REAL Honest-to-Goodness Camping Trip in about a year.

There was a time when on at least one weekend every month (usually two weekends), one of the adults in this house was gone camping with a group of scouts.

Things have changed.

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The Perfection Monster

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So I stumbled upon this article today, and to say that it hit home is a bit of an understatement.

I know this is really going to shock most of you… You might want to sit down when I reveal this… You ready? Hold on…

I struggle with perfectionism.

I’ll pause while you all gasp in surprise and recover your faculties.

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The CrockPot Method

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I got an Instant Pot for Christmas.

It only took me about two months to take it out of the box.

Keep in mind–this is a gift I said I wanted at some point in 2018. And my husband remembered that and bought it for me. My friends who had one said it was great for getting food on the table fast on busy days. It seemed like a way to get rid of some of the extra cookware in the kitchen–I wouldn’t need my rice cooker and CrockPot anymore, and maybe I could even ditch the red Dutch oven that I love so much.

My current favorite cooking implement.
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Spun Like a Possum

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Well. That month went by fast.

Or not too fast. I guess it depends on one’s perspective.

A few weeks ago, I was coming home from the grocery store after dark. I was waiting at a busy intersection and saw something kind of fall out from under a car crossing the intersection in front of me. The thing tumbled around, righted itself, shook its head, and got hit from another direction. Amazingly, it only got dragged a bit, tumbled from under the second car, and ran into the bushes. When I saw its long hairless tail, I realized it was a possum. Somehow that dang thing survived a crazy busy intersection and two cars driving over it–at least long enough to dash into the bushes.

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Community

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My besties. We’re all sporting the very cool bracelets one of our number made. She personalized each one to suit its owner.

First, the updates:

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Habit #1: Prayer

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Let me start out by saying that I’m going to be somewhat more transparent this year than I have been in recent years. When I look back at my old blog, I kind of miss the conversations that happened when I was being transparent. And honestly, most of you know me IRL, so why not share a little more? I’ll try not to overshare, but the truth is that most of the habits I want to work on this year involve some kind of personal things. It would be pretty tough to write about them without transparency. If that kind of openness is off-putting, feel free to ignore these posts. I will not be offended in the slightest.

Okay, with that out of the way…

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The Habits, Part 3

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I’ve now spent two long posts complaining about everything around the whole idea of productivity, time management, and, most importantly, habits.

That’s enough of that. Time for some solutions.

Sometimes, moving forward requires going backward a bit and looking at where we’ve been. It’s kind of a way to get traction, I guess.

So I’m going to backtrack a bit and revisit old territory…

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The Habits, Part 2

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I’ll start this one with a confession: The biggest goal I have this year is to get more control over my time. Or maybe a better way to say it is to be more intentional about how I spend my time. In any case, I’m dealing with the time issues this year.

So yes, I’ve been reading those articles I mentioned in my last post and listening to podcasts and thinking a lot about how to at least feel a little more in charge of my own day. And yes, reading those articles and listening to those podcasts has put me in a bit of a funk, because honestly, there are issues with all of the approaches presented.

A breakdown of approaches and principles and my personal issues with each one:

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