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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Project: Declutter 2012. {August Edition}

So August is here, huh? Not quite sure how that happened... 

But August is definitely here. I'm now living in an entirely new place, my nephew is about to turn three, my mom's birthday is this weekend, and friends are trying to convince us to go to South Padre with them next weekend.

And I'm exhausted.

Exhausted on every front. Mental: can't think straight. Physical: I'm sick & extremely fatigued. Spiritual: can't say a pray worth anything. Even sitting at the computer right now is taking almost everything out of me. Where's the break? I keep looking for it... let me know if you see it anywhere.

But I press on! July was a blur of productivity. If you go back and read my posts, it's a mash-up of half-hearted posts and half "life is awesome because I'm getting so much done!" posts. On Marriage and Statistics was a reader favorite. On Marriage and Boxes was a personal favorite.


Continuing on with Project: Declutter 2012...

My July list I did well. Almost too well. It was a month of productivity and activity. I want this month to be one of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. It is, after all, the start of the academic year. And since I work on a college campus, this time of year has so much promise!

{1} Make my house feel like a home.
Perhaps it's because I am still working through a few boxes, and nothing is hung up on the walls... or because I've only been there for a week... but my house certainly does not feel like home yet. I don't want to rush it. I want to savor the creation of a new home. A new place of our own. To make memories in. To enjoy. To relax & just be.

{2} Connect with my husband.
I talk a big talk here with my marriage posts. But I'm just like everyone else. I'm selfish and treat my husband poorly way more often than I care to admit. I need to work on kind words, encouraging thoughts throughout the day, and keeping unnecessary opinions to myself. And listening. Boy, do I need a lesson on listening!

{3} Focus on value.
When there's so much going on around me, it's so easy to take short-cuts on everything so you can get it all in. I don't want to do that anymore. Maybe my blog doesn't have to be updated five times a week? Maybe that TV show doesn't have to be obsessed over? I want to spend August truly meditating and seeking out what has value to me. And then I want to cut all else out, and build on that value.


Happy August!
What are some of your goals?

Leave me a comment telling me - 
or {even better} leave me a link to your goal post!

{PS -- check back tomorrow. Things here are going to look really different!}


  1. So glad you stopped by my blog. Always nice to connect with another Texas gal! (I am in New Braunfels)
    I love the honesty in your writing. It is refreshing! Your goals for August sound great! I have been married for 13 years now to my high school sweetheart and it is easy to get disconnected with a busy life. It takes work but it so worth the effort!!
    I too can't believe we are in August already and that the summer is almost over. I dread summer ending because my two oldest boys will be back to school(1st and 4th grade).=( Not ready!!
    Anyway, I am your newest follower!!
    You and your hubby are adorable!!

  2. You're right, we were SO on the same page yesterday! I love finding people embarking on the same journey to simplifying their life in order to find more depth and quality in each of their days. It's so encouraging!

  3. Girl I HEAR you an all of this! All three of those points resonate with me. I've been in my apartment over a year now and still have so much work to do. I could've written the paragraph about connecting with your husband. It's so hard to let things slip when I'm exhausted.