Adulting and Jesus – Because We’re All Just Winging It
In this weeks episode Sandy and Elisabeth talk about their favorite tips to surviving life in general. Food prep, time management a little of everything in this listener requested episode.
Life is like a buffet. Not everything on the table is for you. Use discernment to choose what is beneficial to your life and what will just add more stress and make life feel even more overwhelming.
Cook your meat. Ground beef, grilled chicken, taco meat, BBQ, whatever it is if you open your freezer and you see a week’s worth of already cook meat to throw together a dinner you get back at least 30 minutes of your day in prep time and the busiest part of the day becomes more relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.
Use Pinterest for good. There’s tons of great recipes for quick dinners, crock pots and insta pots if you can stay away from the home decor, crafts and birthday party ideas long enough.
Cook extra. Plan for leftovers. Sometimes heating it up in the oven instead of the microwave is all it takes to get your family excited about that leftover casserole.
Preheat/Pre-chill coffee mugs, travel cups and kids thermos containers to increase the amount of time your food and drink will be at proper temperatures.
Check your recipe before you start. That Pinterest meal will be a big Pinterest fail if you don’t have baking soda so check the list and check your pantry before you set yourself up for disappointment or failure.
If mornings are stressful for you pick out clothes and shoes the night before and have everything laid out and ready to go. No arguing over what to wear, no missing shoes, no trying to find two matching socks that are clean slowing down your morning.
Leave the shoes at the door. If they get past the front door who knows where they’ll end up. Get a basket or box and leave the shoes in one spot.
If getting dressed is not a big deal in the mornings then think about what the biggest stressors of your morning are and spend 5 or 10 minutes getting those things ready. Set up the coffee pot, fill sippy cups and snack cups, get your grocery list written down, check the traffic patterns and the map for best directions.
If there’s one thing I learned in my 10 years of commuting in Nashville traffic it’s that the fast lane is not any faster it’s just the place where people want to drive the fastest. Drive steady and go with the flow. Playing lane change leap frog is not only slowing you down it’s making everyone less safe.
Love the zipper. Especially if you’re in the South can we please exchange “manners” for following the rules of the road. You don’t need to merge at the sign that says road work 10 miles ahead and you don’t need to let 7 people over in traffic. Go to the merge point alternate every other car with the lane that’s merging. Everyone will get there faster if you learn to zipper.
Know how a 4 way stop works. If a stoplight is out it becomes a 4 way stop. It’s not a game of chicken.
Norwex cloths work better than anything for stainless steel without any cleaners or polishes needed.
Silicone scrapers aren’t just for dishes. They work on wood and tile floors or just about any solid surface that kids or dogs leave remnants.
If you even get stuck with a vinyl floor that seems ruined. Grab some vinyl siding cleaner from Lowes and go to town on those floors. You’ll be shocked how well it works and makes a nasty floor like new (or at least tolerable until you get to replace it.
Fragrance free cleaning options: Seventh Generation, Biokleen, Charlie’s Soap and Method
The most important part about keeping a clean home is habits and pacing yourself.
Some times you’re house is just not gonna be your biggest priority and that’s okay. Take care of people first and then stuff. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and depressed about the state of the chaos try and get one thing accomplished from start to finish each day. If you can complete one task, clean one area, tidy up one room you will feel encouraged and successful.
Online grocery shopping keeps you from impulse buying and makes price comparisons much easier.
Budget realistically. Look at your actually expenses. Cut back where you need to, plan for what you really spend and be honest with yourself.
Talk it over with your spouse. Not for permission but so that you can both be responsible for your financial well being.
Dave Ramsey isn’t for everyone. Find a budget style that works for your life and your family.
LIFE IS SHORT:
Don’t participate in mommy wars. You don’t know everyones personal, financial, emotional and medical needs. These decisions are as individual as the people making them. Just because something is the right choice for your family doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice for every family.
Read more. Read for yourself. Not just self help but also for entertainment. Read to your kids. It may be the most impactful (and easy) thing you can do for their developing brain.
Communicate what you need. To your spouse (and yes that includes sexual needs), to your kids, to yourself.
Make big changes in small steps. Taking longer to reach a goal is 100% better than giving up after a week because you set unrealistic goals for yourself.
Be patient. With yourself, with your kids, with your spouse.
Growing up is hard and it’s something we never finish doing. And for Christians, in this life, we will never stop striving to be more Christ like.
ZECHARIAH [4:10] Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
HEBREWS 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that has been set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
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