I’m getting a makeover! No, not hair, makeup, and clothes, but my routine – how I plan, and spend, my days. For instance, I signed on to Myra’s Musings this morning, only to realize it’s been 3 months since I’ve written here. I’ve spent most of the morning catching up on cleaning my kitchen, because it got waaaaay out of hand. I nearly wore myself out before my afternoon Bible study, trying to catch up. It was time for a makeover.
With health challenges, I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that my life and routine will never resemble what it did in the past. They days of rising at the crack of dawn, having my devotions, and then spending most of the day at the computer, and finishing up with home cooked meals and a clean house are over. Done. Finished. They have been gone for years, but I’ve been trying to keep it up, or recover them. It didn’t work. They’re gone. Probably they will never be seen again. And I have to be okay with that because this is from God’s hand.
So what’s a girl to do? I know I can’t do what I used to, but I have to find a way to be productive in the season I’m in now. I was struggling to find a way to make the most of my limited energy and stamina. I’ve tried to-do lists, read books and posts on how to be productive and effective, and tried so many “programs” that others swore helped them. Most of them I didn’t even finish reading because the first few paragraphs or chapters exhausted me and I knew there simply wasn’t enough health and energy to do a fraction of what they suggested (or demanded).
I was despairing of ever being effective again when I saw a post from another missionary wife. She had dealt with poor health too, and had found something to help her. I was eager to try it, but afraid it would be another fail – and this one wasn’t free. It was inexpensive, but not completely free. I messaged back and forth with her one day, and decided to take the plunge. I am on Day 10 of this 14-day challenge, and I love it!
I still have some work to do, but I’m developing an evening and morning routine that actually works for me, not for some healthy, energy-filled lady. They are simple things I can do every single day, unless I’m sick in bed with a virus or migraine. I am learning to make to-do lists that work for me, not against me, and how to spend a short time every day catching up on those long-term projects that have overwhelmed me. I’m not there yet, but I’m getting there. When I am finished, I will probably go back and watch the videos and read the handbook again. (My Lymie brain needs repetition.)
I’m sure by now you’re wondering what has me so excited. It’s Make Over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine. There are several things that made this work for me. First of all, it’s not about you have to get up early. I was a morning person, but I am not right now. It’s the season I’m in, and I have to work around that. Secondly, it’s not a list of things you must do to be productive. It’s about helping you set up your own lists (evening routine, morning routine, to-do list, goals) that work for you. Keeping it simple and doable.
This is making such a difference for me, I signed up as an affiliate. That simply means, if anyone buys through the link(s) on my site, I get a commission on the sale. I did this for two reasons. First, I want to be a Proverbs 31 lady, and we see she was a business lady who bought, sold, and helped generate income for her family. If I make a bit of extra money on the side from this, I can pay for things we really want or need (like books, or books, or maybe some books), without putting a strain on the family budget. I want to be a good steward. Secondly, I want you to know how much I recommend this. For someone who thought they’d never be productive again, it’s made a big difference already.
If you want more information, click on the graphic below. You can read all about it, and see if it’s right for you. If you scroll to the very bottom, you can sign up to watch the first video free. For me, this one wasn’t very helpful in deciding, because I needed to know more details to see if I could use it in my condition. If you have questions, please feel free to email me (there’s an email form on the side-bar) or send me a message on Facebook, if we’re friends there.
Crystal has two more courses that I may try when I have my mornings sorted. One is Make Over Your Evenings, and the other is Make Over Your Year. I can’t recommend these yet, because I haven’t started them, but you can check them out through these links. If you enjoy them, please let me know! I’d love to hear how they helped you.
Stay tuned. In a few days, I’ll be sharing a new website with you. Yes, that’s one of those things that I’ve finally started, now that I’m making over my mornings.