Finding Confidence by Conqering Clutter

Cleaning out the clutter in my kitchen and behind those closed bathroom cabinet doors has been like an energy drink for my soul! Accomplishing what seemed impossible gave me me confidence to take on more!

I took Glynnis‘ great advice for the area under my bathroom sink and look at the difference it made:





I had almost all of these containers in there already. I just couldn’t see them because they were overstuffed with useless stuff! All I had to buy was a large white basket and I still plan to get a little shelf to go over the baskets on the left. Then I’ll put the large basket on top of them.

Here are some steps I took and lessons I learned:

De-cluttering our cabinets.

I took everything out and categorized them in piles. Then I disposed of expired medicines and toss bottles of lotion, shampoo and nail polish that were old or almost empty. I only kept products I like and use. I gave or threw the rest away.

Clearing our counters.
It makes it so much easier to get ready in the morning and reduces stress when our bathroom counters are clear. This is also a time save because cleaning is a breeze. The only thing I keep on my counter are things I use every day: my toothbrush, hand soap, ring holder and hairspray. Well the hairspray is just convenient.

Cleaning out stuffed drawers.
I also went through each drawer, took everything out and asked myself, “Do I need this?” “Do I love this? “Why am I keeping this?” The answer to these questions tell us what we need to do. Either keep it, donate it or toss it. By cleaning out your drawers you will reduce stress and be able to find things you need faster and easier.

Use your wall space.
As Glynnis mention, if you need more storage solutions look to your walls. This is a great way to create storage and reduce clutter on counter tops. Ask yourself is there anywhere I can add a shelf or shelves? Maybe a wall soap dish or toothbrush holder. I read that you can look on eBAY for hotel towel holders. They hold 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 washcloths each.

Make personal bath totes.
If you have limited cabinet space, consider keeping a container to store and transport each member of the families’ personal bath items. These personal bath totes can be a small plastic crates, a wicker basket or other small container to hold items neatly. Placing each family members items in their own container makes it easy to store these things under the bathroom sink or in the linen closet until needed.

Create a peaceful retreat setting.
My bathroom tubs and showers used to overflow with bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath toys and body washes. Do yours? If so, consider getting a shower caddy or basket/bag for the kid’s toys. Create a peaceful retreat setting by removing all items you don’t use on a daily basis. Then create a spa basket with candles, bath salts or special soaps and a waterproof neck pillow. Schedule one night a week or month to treat yourself to a bubble bath.

So my friend, is there an area in your home that’s intimating you? Has your confidence as a woman dwindled under the defeat of clutter?

Don’t stay there. You can do this. Let’s get determined to let go of excess stuff, rather than finding a place to stuff it. Looking at clutter, walking around clutter or finding another corner to keep our clutter does not make for a confident heart or a peaceful home. And isn’t that just what we long for?

Under the Sink

Things are about to get really personal and a little more embarrassing for me here. It’s one thing to confess my cluttered counter tops. It’s a whole other thing to well, um, let you see under the sink in my bathroom. My best friends don’t even see that part of my house.

This is where I brush my teeth, wash my face, put on make up, look at my wrinkles and wish I’d listened to my momma when she told me not to let my face get sunburned. It’s also where Aster watches me fix my hair and pretends she’s fixing hers. And where we talk about taking a bubble bath one day in that big tub I never use. It’s a happy place.

Until I open those doors…

But before I do, it’ll make me feel better if I tell you that our family moved into our house two and a half years ago to make room for our little girl to come home. And life has been non-stop ever since! I threw everything under that sink the weekend we moved in our house and have never gone back to rearrange it.
Have mercy. What all is in there? That would be the question I was asked when I decided to embarrass my self further by sending this photo to my very organized friend, Glynnis Whitwer, asking for help. I’m hoping her suggestions will also inspire and equip you to tackle one of your trouble spots. Here’ s what she wrote back to me (for you) so we both can benefit:


I have a feeling Renee could come up with great ideas on how to organize the space under her sink. But I’m glad she asked for my help because I had fun thinking about how I would do it. I can’t wait to see what she does. In the meantime, here are some steps I would take if it were my sink.

Step 1: Pull everything out, except the plastic drawers on the right. I would buy or borrow a label machine to label each drawer.

Step 2: Reduce the number of items stored here.

  • Throw away any product that is old.
  • Remove items belonging somewhere else, like a medicine cabinet (rubbing alcohol, vitamins). If there’s room there, of course.
  • Set aside items she doesn’t use any more, and put in a bag to give away to friends or a woman’s shelter.

When I remember that it’s good stewardship to pass things on to someone else, it helps me release my hold on things that I just couldn’t part with before, for whatever reason. When I picture someone enjoying it instead of it sitting under my cabinet or in my closet, I am able to give it away with joy.

Step 3: Sort like items. It’s always best to store similar items together. It’s easier to find things and you aren’t as likely to buy something you don’t need.

Step 4: Consider additional storage needs.

Renee has room to go vertical. I have two recommendations. One would be to purchase some shelving and baskets to store her products like these. I found wire shelving on Amazon that was $8-$22.00. It’s found with kitchen organization products.

Then pick baskets that fit on top and underneath. I like the baskets below because of varying heights, because Renee has some tall products. Some baskets might just sit in front or to the side of the shelving.

However, using a vintage wire basket is also attractive, and she can see what’s inside.

The other id
ea is an under-the-counter shelf with pull-out drawers like one of these or a combo of both if she has room:


Renee has travel items that she uses occasionally. JJ has room under his sink, so I’d put them in a box with a lid on it in there and then JJ can use the top of the box for more storage.

I’ve got one more idea for Renee. I love lotions and think the bottles are often beautiful. I store all my lotions above my bathtub. Here’s a photo:

My philosophy on most bathroom items (except lotions, obviously) is to only keep one extra item of everything I use. I make myself use up products even when I’m tired of them. This gives me enough storage space. When I find a great deal on something, I stock up but store those extra products in a linen closet.

I hope this inspires you to organize a space in your home!

Grace & peace,
Glynnis Whitwer


Why am I letting you see my mess and spending a week on this topic? Because I love reading your comments, praying for you, understanding how you feel, and the special bond we’re forming in the midst of our messes. Also, inviting you into an area that needs work in my life/home motivates me to do something about it.

Some of you have said your messes are worse. Others have probably been surprised I let things get so cluttered. This is an area, like some of yours, that I’ve neglected while running 100 mph taking care of other people and projects. It’s behind closed doors where no one sees, except me.

So, why hasn’t it mattered enough take time to make it better for me? Good question.

The Lord’s been showing me I need to take time to do things that matter to me. Things that will help my spirit to breathe . Things that will bring order to my heart which brings peace to my mind and my home. So, I’m committing again this week to set aside an hour or 2 for my trouble spot and tackle it one section at a time. Will you join me?

Click on the word “comment” and let me know your thoughts and if you want to, an area you want to work on. Accountability is amazing. The power of prayer even better.Today’s give-away is the gift of sisterhood and prayer. Everybody who comments wins!!

I’d love to pray for you by name, so please include your first name, too. And will you take a minute to pray for the person that leaves a comment before you. See ya back here later this week with “after” photos and lessons learned from my cabinet clean-out.

A big “thank you” to Glynnis for taking so much time to help me and for sending such great suggestions and photos we can all use! Be sure to visit Glynnis’ blog for more ideas.

Living Clutter-Free (and Fridays Give-Aways!)

Welcome to my kitchen! After showing you my cluttered counter top along with the cabinet above my piles and overstuffed files…

I decided to do something about it. I was so tired of how it made me feel. Also, I hated feeling like I’d never have time to organize all those papers, receipts and bills. So, this week, I tackled one trouble spot at a time.

While de-cluttering, I found 2 gift cards I thought I’d given people for Christmas. I learned that clutter is more than a mess. It’s a sink hole for my memory and gift cards.
Then there was my black wooden organizer a friend gave me. It was so over-stuffed, it had lost its potential to be cute. Not any more! She now has limited capacity so I can enjoy how cute she is.
I had files overstuffed from all my piles. So, I went through each folder and kept only what I needed for future reference. I created a file for each child to keep things I want easy access to. Then I put the kids’ keepsakes in under-the-bed storage boxes. And I found some pretty files to spruce up my very old file holder.


You could win some of those cute folders! More about that in a minute. Next I want to show you the cabinet above where I hid stuff I didn’t want my kids to use, like my cute sticky notes or eat like my cocoa covered almonds.
It’s more organized now.

Below is how it looked all together in it’s messy state.



Can you see me smiling? After I tackled each trouble spot, one at a time, I ended up with a clutter-free counter top. And I’m so happy! Although, I’ll admit I was a little lost without my piles the first few days. I’d just stand in front of the clean counter top and think, “Where is every thing?” But now that I’m used to it, I just smile and sigh every time I walk by my clutter-free corner!

Friday’s Give-Aways!

To celebrate the progress we’ve made this week, I’m giving away 6 files just like the ones in the photo above and a $10 Target gift card to buy something to help you de-clutter like a cute file folder holder! I’ll share how you can enter to win at the bottom of this post.
My friend, Glynnis Whitwer, is writing a book entitled “I Used to Be So Organized,” and she stopped by to announce she’s giving away a cool vintage-looking magazine holder. Glynnis has written a great post for us on her blog, Her Organized Life, explaining how gaining order in our homes helps us gain confidence in ourselves.

To enter to win her give-away, visit her new blog by clicking on her blog banner and leave a comment telling her what type of paper gives you the most grief. What’s in your piles??

To enter to win 6 cute file folders likethose in my photos and a $10 Target gift card to buy something organizational like a cute file-folder holder, click the word “comments” right below this post, and tell me if seeing “before and after” photos inspires you and why. Also, I’d love for us to keep praying for each other. So, please take a minute to pray for the person who leaves a comment before you. And PLEASE include your email or I won’t be able to reach you if you win. Thanks!!

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Finishing What I Started

I love a sense of completion. I will work myself past midnight to finish what I started, and it bugs me when I can’t.

Today, I’m letting go of my love for completion. But I’m not pretending it’s easy. God’s teaching me to welcome interruptions in my plans to make room for His divine purposes. He had some unexpected but very special assignments for me today. So, I didn’t get to finish what I started in the post I’d planned.

I’ll be posting it Friday. Also I’ll be announcing the winner from Monday’s “Getting & Staying Organized” girlfriend quest. And I’ll be sharing “Fridays Give-Away”! Today, I wanted to shaer part of a devotion that ties in perfectly with what we’ve been discussing. It’s by my good friend and Friday’s guest Glynnis Whitwer. At the end, I’ll tell you how to get another chance to win something over 100 of you wanted last week!

*******************************************************Why You Should Hang Up Your Robe

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…” Acts 20:24 (NIV)

My first instinct was to leave the clean, folded clothes on top of the dresser. Granted, my arms were filled with freshly laundered items, so it would have been difficult to open the drawer while balancing the stack. I had an excuse for leaving them on top. Didn’t I? Instead, I pushed past my instinct, took 30 more seconds, and placed the clothes neatly in the drawer.

This tendency to not complete a task happens with surprising regularity. I toss my bathrobe on the bed, drape jeans on the tub, and set the television remote on the nearest counter top. However, sometimes, when I’m a bit more self-aware, I take the few extra steps needed to actually finish the task.

Years ago, I realized my practice of stopping short of finishing what I started, led to a cluttered home and office. Back then, I had a multitude of unfinished tasks that I just lived with. It wasn’t all simple things like putting away clothes, but included larger tasks like leaving a wall half painted.

Starting a project is fun, and usually involves a burst of energy. Then, that energy wanes as I approach the finish line. Instead of pushing to complete the task, assignment or project with excellence, I lean towards settling for good enough. Unfortunately, when I settle for “good enough” consistently, I learn to live with mediocrity. And accepting mediocrity is far from where God wants me to be. You see, finishing what we start is more than a good organizational or home management skill. It’s also a spiritual discipline.

Interestingly, it’s actually been somewhat simple to address this issue. I admit the tendency within myself to settle, and I get firm with myself about it. Now, when I would prefer to leave the dryer full of clothes, or emails half typed, I say to myself, “Finish what you start.” I make a conscientious decision to finish the task at hand before I move on to something new. Obviously, there are some projects that require more effort, but this works on a lot of my issues.

I’m not sure of all the reasons for stopping short of finishing with excellence, but I do know the results. I end up with a bunch of unfulfilled commitments, open loops and shallow relationships. That’s a far cry from the life Jesus came to bring, which is full and abundant. Not a partial life, but one lived with pushing to the limits and exploring the outer reaches.

Maybe that seems a deep principle to pull from putting clothes in a drawer or a dirty bowl in the dishwasher. However, the discipline of finishing well is one that is woven through my life … or it’s not. So I guess I’ll take the extra step and actually hang up my robe. It’s one more stitch in this tapestry of finishing well that God is trying to create in my life.

Dear Lord, thank You for demonstrating finishing well through the life of Jesus. Please help me push through mediocrity in my life and explore the fullness You long to bring. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

© 2010 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

Do you have a need for completion? Do you ever have a hard time finishing what you started? If so, what derails you? What are the most common things you leave undone?

Mine is organizing my messy places and not putting papers away. Also, my closet can get a little crazy when I don’t pick up my robe or my pj’s, or my sweat pants. Share yours and you’ll be entered along with the others from Monday’s post to win Karen’s book The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized”, and some organizational pretties. See you back here on Friday!

Getting & Staying Organized

I posted something short earlier, but God’s been nudging me to come back and invite you to be part of something He’s laid on my heart.

  • If you knew that having more order in your home would bring more order to your world – freeing up your time, emotions, thougths and spiritual gifts to do what God’s called you to do – would you make it a priority?


  • If you knew it was actually possible, would you take some small steps towards getting and staying organized?


After posting confessions of my cluttered counter tops, closets and cabinets, I worked for a few hours on the mess in my nest. And, I feel like I’ve lost 10 mental pounds! The feeling of freedom that followed my progress is amazing. I promise to post photos later this week of my “before and after.”

Today God reminded me of 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” In the context of this verse, Paul is talking about order in the church. But in the context of our lives this truth also applies.

Order is part of God’s character and peace is the promised fruit of His spirit.

Our longing for order and peace is woven into our souls because we are created in God’s likeness. Our spirits long for a lack of confusion. The Holy Spirit has been showing me since last week that this is a big deal. We care about our homes and want to be good managers of our piles and files. As I read your challenges and honestly assessed how I’ve been feeling about mine, I sensed that our messes are not only piling up – they are weighing us down. Consider this:

  • When you see your organizationally challenged areas, do you feel a sense of peace or defeat? Do you get all irritated inside?


  • Does your life start to feel out of control when you think about what you need to do to get organized but feel like you have no time to do it?


Can I encourage you to give yourself the gift of bringing a little order to your world. A little peace to your heart and home. I want to gather some girlfriends to encourage and pray for each other this week, and commit together to tackle one of our organizational challenges. Will you join me?

And because we all need some incentive, I’m giving away another copy of Karen’s book The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized”, and some organizational pretties!

If you want to join in this quest, click on the word “Comments” at the end of this post and tell me what one area will you give an hour or so to this week. Your commitment will qualify you for the give-away. And will you pray for the person who leaves a comment right before yours? I’ll leave the first one. Then for a second chance to win, click here and get the encouragement you need to finish what you start.

On Friday, I have another P31 friend and author who is writing a book called, “I Used to Be So Organized” who is going to stop by to encourage, pray for and help us with some very practical ideas! And I’m working on having my before & after photos up then, too.

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Confessions of Cluttered Countertops, Cabinets & Closets

This is one of the most unorganized areas in my house that makes me crazy! My head feels cluttered just looking at it, wondering what is buried in there. This counter top is the catch all for everything – mail, bills, receipts, school papers, phones, grocery lists, forms, broken things that need to be glued back together, etc.

This is a box-thingy to hold Christmas cards. Look closely and you’ll see the word “Merry” written on the little chalkboard front. I erased it and started adding other things with the Christmas cards. Yes, there are still some Christmas cards in there from 2009. There’s even an old Christmas photo of our family from 2008. I have no idea why it’s there. I think I took it with us to Great Clips to show how I wanted my boys’ hair cut, and then I stuck the photo in the box with the old Christmas cards and who knows what else.


This is a pile of receipts and smaller papers I want to save. Some receipts include business expenses, some have items on there I might want to return, others are notes or something. Then there are coupons in that stack and other important pieces of paper that I’m going to go through one day when I have nothing to do. I love my cute black wooden organizer thing to the right that I have stuffed full with items that won”t fit in the converted Christmas-card-holder box. If only I could see and enjoy it’s potential to be a pretty organizer.


To the left of all that mess we have more papers. As you can see, I’m also a piler not a filer. Well maybe I’m a wanna-be filer. You can see I have a wicker filer thingy with files in it.

It’s just a little full with overstuffed files from all my piles.
Oh, and then there is the cabinet above all my piles and overstuffed files. This is where I hide things like milk duds and cocoa covered almonds along with flashlights, post it notes I don’t want my kids to use, boxes of check refills and envelopes. We stuff things in there that we don’t want to lose in the organized mess below.


We’ll now that I’ve confessed my mess-i-ness, I feel better. Actually, I don’t. I’ve got to do something about this. It frustrates me. It makes me feel all cluttered inside. It’s been like this for almost a year. And no one is going to do anything about it but me. It doesn’t bother my guys, but it drives me bonkers. So, I’ve decided after taking these photos that it’s time to say “no” to something or someone else so that I can say “yes” to organizing my mess.
I’ll keep you posted. And I’ll be back Monday afternoon to show you my progress and announce the winner ofThe Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized”, a $10 Target gift card and a box of chocolates!

Like a Box of Chocolates – Fridays GiveAway

Have you ever pictured what your week was going to look like but when you got to Friday you wondered what happened? That’s me this week. I had so many plans and projects. I’d even written a few blog posts – in my head. And somewhere in my posts, I was going to drop a hint or two about my Friday Give-Away!

Like Forest Gump explained so many years ago, life really is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

This week, I didn’t get what I hoped for. I’m still trying to figure out what happened. I don’t know if I had too many things to do, or if I didn’t organize my time and my to-dos well. Although I got a lot done, I didn’t complete all I needed and wanted to accomplish.

Ever since summer ended and school started, I’ve felt like I’m trying to catch up and like it’s not going to happen any time soon. Honestly, I feel like my life’s chocolates are melting, and I’m not enjoying them as much as I’d like to.

It’s kind of ironic. Me needing help organizing my time and my life. You see, it fits perfectly with my Friday Give-Away, and I wasn’t even trying to drop hints. Today’s give-away is all about getting organized by making the most of the time and tasks God has given each of us!


I’d like to introduce you to my good friend, Karen Ehman, who is the author of “The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized”. You will have a chance to win her book, a $10 gift card to buy some time-saving, life-organizing tools from Target and a box of chocolates in today’s give-away!
Karen recently shared with me why she wrote this book:

Even though organizing my “stuff” and managing my time came pretty naturally for me, I was completely thrown for a loop when I became a mom. It is one thing to get all your ducks in a row. It is quite another to keep them that way when you have a family. Just as soon as you line them up, along comes one of your kiddos (or your hubby!) knocking them all down again!

I wrote this book to walk alongside other women, helping them to understand their unique situation–their season of life, the stage of their kids, their personality type–all of those components that go into finding an organizing style that “fits” them. Then from there, I help them set the bar where they want it set.

Karen, what is unique about your book?

I don’t offer a one–size–fits–all method because I’m convinced we all view success in organizing differently. One gal may HATE a junk drawer with an assortment of items tossed in. Another thinks such a drawer is a staple of life. The second gal might really be driven nuts by dust, but not by clutter such as unfolded, clean laundry. On the other hand, her friend might not mind a thin layer of dust on her furniture but cannot stand having unfolded laundry in view. This book helps gals decide what organization looks like to them and then helps them to get there.

Also, being a women who manages her time well and organizes her home and office isn’t an end in itself. It has to be about something more. I like to teach women how to take care of the ‘have tos’ of life–the cleaning, menu planning, grocery shopping, laundry, errand-running and such, so they can actually get around to the ‘want tos’ of life—connecting with God, spending time with their husbands and kids, hanging out with that friend or pursuing that passion. This book helps them get there!

What will women gain from reading your book?

Again, the key to good organization is not a one–size–fits–all method. It is a unique plan that considers personality type, lifestyle, income level, and family schedule. I offer a simple step by step process to help women recognize their own personal style of managing their households successfully and develop a unique plan that gives them the freedom to:

  • manage their time wisely
  • de–clutter and organize their homes
  • plan menus, shop more efficiently, and become more comfortable and creative in the kitchen
  • get children involved in pursuing an ordered life and home
  • avoid the trap of over-commitment
  • use practical tools to assist in organization

Getting and staying organized means more time for the important things in family life—concentrating on cultivating a close, personal relationship with the Creator, drawing His word into every aspect of living, and ultimately tying their children’s heartstrings to God.


If you would like to win a copy ofThe Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized”, a $10 Target gift card and a box of chocolates, today’s your day!

You can enter to win by clicking on the word “comments” below and let me know your biggest organizational challenge. I’ll share mine on Monday with some photos. I’ll also be back later to list some other give-aways and links below this post so you can visit and enter to win other Friday Give-aways over the weekend.

If you would like two chances to win, leave a comment and a link to any give-aways you know about that go through the weekend. I’ll be back Monday to announce my winner and share my biggest personal organizational challenge.

After you enter to win by leaving your name, email so I can reach you if you win, and your organizational challenge by clicking on the word “comments below, be sure to visit Karen’s blogwhere she’s also giving away a copy of her book as well as a $10 Target gift card and some dark chocolates!

A Little Bit of Nothin’

It’s past noon and I’m still in my pajamas. I am pretending it’s Saturday morning, trying to rest up for a busy week of work and packing! Thanks for your prayers for the wonderful women’s retreat on Amelia Island in FL this past weekend. It went great!

I really needed and felt your prayers. I was so tired and my head was pounding by the time I got to the event Friday night, but my sweet event coordinator (Suzanne) kept looking out for me and praying for me. When I opened my mouth and my Bible, He showed up! My headache faded and His presence filled me.

The women were so sweet, so encouraging and so hungry for God’s Word. Women of every age shared stories of how much God had spoken personally to them. I love it when He does that in a detailed way so we know it’s HIM speaking to us.

To all my new friends in FL, I am praying for you today – that you will drink deeply of His love, seek His purpose and plans in all you do and move closer to Jesus throughout your day listening to Him speaking words of Truth to your heart!!! The winner of our drawing was Karen Monk!

Now back to my pajamas…this weekend’s conference was about balance. I shared how several years ago I ended up in a really hard place, totally overwhelmed and discouraged. My weeks were filled with random acts of chaos. I randomly decided what I was going to do each day based on 1) how I felt (should I do something fun? something productive? something creative? something easy?) and 2) what everyone else needed me to do.

I didn’t have a plan and my schedule was a mess. Every week was different – no rhythm, no reason, no purpose – just surviving each day and hoping the next would be better.

Finally I asked a friend for advice. She and I told me to write down all that I did each day of each week. By the time I completed that assignment, I could barely read the piece of paper. She then asked me to list my highest priorities, hoping to add order to my days. She mentioned the dreaded word – schedule. I wrinkled my nose. It sounded boring. I liked being spontaneous! But as Mary pointed out, it was killing me!

She challenged me to make a list of what I wanted to invest my time and my life in, and then schedule those things and people into my days each week. Time with God, dates with my husband, fun with my friends, face-to-face activities with my kids, reading, work, ministry, walking, managing our home, and refueling my soul with rest and down time. I knew that if I didn’t take her advice, I’d end up in a pit of depression. This over-achieving, people-pleasing lifestyle had led me there before and I didn’t want to go back.

God created us to live lives of balance. I don’t always get it right but I try to learn from my mistakes. Like when I used to come home Saturday night or Sunday after speaking and jump right into the week. I wouldn’t give myself a week-end; the week before just became part of the week after. Then I’d wonder why I felt discouraged and depleted, unsure about how I could do the next thing.

Sometimes we need to step back and adjust how we’re living and move things around to find balance. Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to do nothing. To just rest. And we need to remember that life was meant to be lived, not survived. I have learned the hard way that I can’t be it all and do it all, all at the same time – not even Jesus tried that – so why do I?

Well friend, for just a little while longer, I am going to do a little bit of nothin’. I hope you’ll give yourself permission to do the same sometime soon.