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11 LISTS TO HELP YOU GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER IN 2019

Happy 2019 you guys!!
This is my first post of the new year so I thought I'd start off sharing eleven lists that you can use to help you get your life in order for 2019. You may have read my post on creating a Home Management Notebook years ago. It was great at the time, but I thought I'd update you on what I use now to simplify our lives and keep intentionality as the focus.
Over the years I've tried bullet journaling, as well as just using a monthly planner. To be honest, the bullet journal was fun but it was a lot of work. It didn't make my life simpler and took too much time to create every month. Using a planner worked fine, but for the most part, I only used my planner for scheduling appointments. Now I can schedule appointments on my phone and take advantage of the super useful reminders.

My current system seems to work best for me, so I'm excited to share it with you today.
These eleven lists can be written down in a notebook, on your iPad, laptop, or on a phon…
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Is it on our list? Do we need it? Can we afford it with cash? If we're using a credit card, it must be an absolute emergency. Our general rule of thumb is this: if we can't afford it, we don't buy it. Why do we want this? Do we want this because someone else thinks we need it and says it is a "must-have" item? How long will we use it for? Is it a one-time use item? Do we have something similar that c…

MY 2018 MORNING ROUTINE IN AN RV

Hi friends, for those of you who don't know or are new to the blog, my husband and I (and our golden retriever) live in a 39-foot 5th wheel/toy hauler on some family property just outside of Bend, Oregon. As a minimalist living in an RV, I thought you might be interested in seeing how I spend my mornings with intention, before heading off to work.
For as long as I can remember, I've always been a morning person. A few years ago, I was getting up as early as 4am to go to my CrossFit class before heading off to work. While I don't rise quite that early now, I still enjoy waking up before the rest of the world. And really, I feel my very best and am the most productive between 5-10am. If you are the same way and you'd like to know what I do to have a more joyful and productive morning, just keep reading. And, here are a few tips to help you get started.

Tip #1: Get up early

You must allow yourself time to accomplish the things you want to accomplish. If you wake up late and …

HOW TO CREATE A MINI VISION BOARD + HOW TO USE IT!

The first vision board I created was for a project back in college, in the early 2000s. Instead of a board, I actually used a small pocket notebook, but the purpose and application were the same. The instructor wanted us to cut and paste words and photos from magazines that inspired and motivated us, ones that really shared our story and our life goals. Since I've been interested in creating a new board, I thought I'd share with you my process and how you can make your own.
WHY A VISION BOARD?

Having a vision board in a place where you can see it regularly encourages you to do short visualizations throughout the day. There seems to be some evidence to suggest and studies have shown that visualization really does help to manifest your dreams. Even professional athletes use visualization to improve performance (my collegiate track coaches encouraged all of us to visualize regularly). From what I have personally experienced, what I focus my heart and mind on, grows. Essentially, wh…

GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU BREAKTHROUGH

Well, today's the day. It has been four years since we lost our precious little one. If you haven't read the story, you can find it here. This is the first anniversary that I can actually say I haven't had any tears today, just joy for what's to come when we meet in heaven. Wow! I never imagined I'd be able to say that but, well, I've had some breakthrough. That's not to say that I'll forget, because I will never forget. However, I'm at peace.

Let me back up. After our tragedy, I struggled. Well actually, I struggled for almost three years. My heart was fighting God and I was angry at what had happened, bitter, anxious, and depressed. On top of that, I was physically struggling with an autoimmune disease and its repercussions. My heart and body wanted to be healed and whole again but I had no idea how I could ever get there. I thought my body had betrayed me and I thought I'd have to fight this for the rest of my life. At times, my thought life w…

3 INGREDIENT DIY NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT

As some of you may know, I wrote a review on The Simply Co.laundry powder detergent (you can read thathere) last year. We've been using it for a year and a half now and have loved it. It's a great natural detergent, smells amazing, and works as advertised. As much as I have loved this detergent though, we've been trying to find ways we can spend less money each month and this was one area I thought I could save. Since the ingredients of The Simply Co. detergent are labeled on the glass jar, I thought I'd just give it a try.



Since I didn't know the exact amount of each ingredient, I went to Pinterest and found a recipe here.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY POWDER DETERGENT

INGREDIENTS

1 Bar Castile Soap - update, I use this kind now (recommended)1 Cup Baking Soda1 Cup Washing SodaOrganic Essential oil (optional, I use Lavender)
INSTRUCTIONS

Finely grate your bar of castile soap.Mix in all ingredients together.Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil like Lavender (optional).Use 1Tbs…