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It’s hard to keep my act together. And sometimes, my efforts are meaningless.
A few weeks ago I was completely and utterly drowning in the Overwhelmed Sea. Despite all the efforts I put forth to bring myself afloat, I just kept on sinking.
Homeschool, cooking, cleaning, teaching, blogging, caring for my family… no matter how well I planned or how hard I worked, the situation didn’t improve. I had even recently cut back on my part-time teaching hours, yet somehow it seemed to only make matters worse.
Just the feeling of being overwhelmed was overwhelming and it was spilling over into the time with my family. On the verge of giving up and being content with this new “season” of life, I wandered over to Money Saving Mom, one of a handful of blogs I read.
She was in midst of a series and while I hadn’t been reading along, she made a comment that made me wish I had:
It’s not about getting up early.
This may not make sense to you, but to the person who had been blaming her act running amuck on the fact that she couldn’t get up early, this made a huge impact.
I had been looking for a quick fix to my situation, instead of the root cause – me.
Crystal took her series, made it even better and her eBook 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life is finally available for the public today. I was able to snag a copy ahead of time for review and let me tell you: this book will change your life.
As I was reading this book, I was taking care of other things too – commonly referred to as multi-tasking. There were apples being prepped for dehydrating, pumpkin cake in the mixer, dishes soaking in the sink, laundry being folded, a floor being mopped…
At roughly the same time, I made it to day 12 and read,
Multi-tasking is the death of focus… If you are trying to clean out your garage, don’t talk on the phone, run inside to start dinner, take pictures of junk to list on eBay and clean out your van while you’re at it.
It was as if she was watching me through my window!
She wasn’t, but that’s how close this book hits home. It’s written by someone who doesn’t always have her act together (because no one is perfect all the time), but instead has learned to be self-disciplined in order to take control of chaos and disorder and create productivity in their place.
This book reads as if your best girl friend is over for a cup of coffee. Crystal is genuine and encouraging and shares insight on her own personal struggles, but she doesn’t sugar coat anything. She tells us straight-forward – with kindness and grace – what we need to do in order to get our own butts in gear.
What makes this book even more exciting is that it’s impossible to read it once and put in on a shelf (or tuck away into a desktop folder). It’s the handy how-to when your life gets out of control and you’re not sure where to begin (hint: look in the mirror).
- There’s mounds of practical applications for every single day.
- There’s printable worksheets at the end for those who need to see it written down.
- If you jump in with two feet and take her up on her mega-project challenge, you’ll have completed that task you’ve been putting off for longer than realize (going on ix months or so for me… 😉 ).
Knowing that my life will never fully be under control, I’m keeping this book close-by – and you can too!
Disclosure: I was given a copy for review purposes and this post contains affiliate links. If you decide to purchase this book (which you should) through these links, I will receive a small commission.