I don’t know about you, but more often than not, I truly have felt in “survival mode”. Before Christmas, I was definitely in survival mode and was thrilled to see that Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom) was going to release a book about this in January. I was so excited to read this book from such a great Christian homeschooling mom that I got my mom to order a pre-release copy as my Christmas present. Yes, I needed to get out of survival mode that badly.
You might have seen my post with this crazy picture before. While we took the picture as part of a contest for Crystal Paine’s book launch, I really have had moments that I felt like this. In the picture, the laundry is piled high on the couch, Elijah wants me to help him with a math question, and I am brushing Ruth’s hair as she is reading me a book. Isaiah has a stubbed toe and wants me to help him while Gideon is just clinging to my back. Add in me vacuuming and trying to exercise at the same time, and survival mode is the perfect description for the crazy moments like this. And while this picture was just taken in fun, I’m sure I’ve had moments just as bad but no camera around to document it. You too?
I really want to say goodbye to survival mode and am loving Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life. I am really taking my time with this book and trying to implement real change instead of racing to get from cover to cover.
Things I’ve learned so far:
- I set goals this year (a first for me) – and hopefuly SMART ones like Crystal Paine covers in the book. (A lot of this information can be found on her blog too.)
- Listing my priorities on paper was exciting. This list is in the back of my mind as I make a daily schedule or decide whether something should be a “yes” or “no”.
- I started to figure out what to cut out. Saying no can be very valuable – especially if what I said yes to is causing me not to focus on my priorities.
- My morning routine is getting established and hopefully will continue.
- Going it alone doesn’t not amount to real change. I really need someone to hold me accountable and check in with me on my goals.
- I don’t want to live in survival mode. I really want to thrive right where God has placed me.
I ended up with a second copy of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and even though I haven’t finished reading my copy yet, I just couldn’t wait to give this copy away.
And the winner is . . . . JANA. (I already contacted her via email.) Thanks to all of you for entering!