Category Archive: Balancing the Busy

Dec 09 2016

Trying to Keep Perspective When Times are Tough

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I told my sister I was thinking of not doing a Christmas card this year. We were supposed to have family pictures done and now that we’re up against a time crunch, I’m not exactly feeling full of cheer and cheesy poses. I don’t want to worry over matching outfits, the perfect lighting, etc. I’m …

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Oct 23 2015

Three Things to do in October to Prepare For a Less Stressful Christmas

Three things you can do in October for a less stressful Christmas

62 days until Christmas. Yes, I just went there. Even before Halloween. I don’t like the Christmas décor in the stores right now any more than you do. But you know what? I’ve got this sweet spot of about two quiet weeks right now and I want to use them for good! I’m not encouraging you to …

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Aug 05 2015

A Summer Adventure: Appreciating Time with My Kids

Summer Adventure

As the final weeks of summer rush upon us, I decided that I wanted to take the kids on an adventure. They have had plenty of time at various camps and have maxed out their fort building and game playing skills on “at home” days. Plus, when we stay home, I’m always in “doing” mode. …

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Mar 06 2015

Strengthen Your Family: Eat dinner together

Of all the traditions that I’ve tried to create for my family, eating dinner together every night might be the most important. In our crazy, hurried world, this is one of my best “balancing the busy” tactics. I’m not sure if it began consciously. As a couple, my husband and I always ate together and …

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Feb 21 2015

Need a Weekend Getaway? Experience Sonoma County

I had the pleasure of a 30-hour getaway with my husband in mid-January to Sonoma, CA. When we try to balance the busy and find some “me” time, an overnight vacation is just enough for a quick recharge! What a beautiful place it is to visit. Even in the heart of winter, we had 60 …

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Feb 13 2015

A Reminder About What Balance Looks Like

It drives me crazy that no matter how hard I try to balance my busy, writing always gets the shaft. And yet if I had “free time” I would write all day, every day, with a smile on my face. No blogs were completed this week (though they have been started!), but all for a …

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Feb 06 2015

Gift Like You Mean It

Gift like you mean it. Isn’t that a great saying? I discovered a new small business in my neighborhood called Spin that uses the slogan. It got me thinking how some of us have become too busy to put thought behind gifts anymore. It’s so easy to make a quick run through the gift card …

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Jan 23 2015

What if You Only Had Six Months to Live?

Close your eyes, or turn away from the screen, and ponder that question for just 30 seconds or so. What would you do? When I first heard this question asked of me yesterday as an exercise at a meeting, I felt really uncomfortable. I worry enough as it is, I really didn’t want to seriously …

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Nov 14 2014

Praying for Difficult People

Last week my sister was telling me an inspiring story about how she turned a bad situation to good. Someone had said something to her that criticized her beliefs. She stewed about this, letting it make her angry for days. But not liking the way the anger made her feel either, she realized an opportunity …

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Nov 07 2014

Moving? 10 tips to Make it Easier

Is there anything more stressful than moving? Well sure, there are some things, but when you are in the throes of packing and making arrangements to move, it can feel like you are lost in an abyss of cardboard and bubble wrap. All while trying to live your outside life full of other busy. Geez! …

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