JOtL August: Day Five

Wow, talk about a perfect time to do this challenge!

Here’s what I’ve been learning during my first week of my accountability challenge:

  • Best laid plans are subject to voluntary change, and that’s not something for which I need to apologize.
  • Doing one thing at a time is not only more efficient, but it brings down the stress level.
  • The world still spins when the to-do list is not completed.
  • Worst-case-scenario is never as bad as I think it’ll be.

I wish I had the time to detail for you all every story behind these lessons, but alas, I must a-bed. Let me just say though, if you’re struggling with your own challenge this month, take heart. We’re striving for growth, not perfection. If you did anything today, you’re still moving, and you’re still growing. Be proud of any forward motion!

This month’s week one update form will be available on the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled!


JOtL August: Day One

How did everyone do on our first day? I heard some really great ideas for different challenges. I hope you all got off to a fantastic start.

Today was a good starting day for my personal challenge, although I hope to see some specific improvements before the end of the month. I did get some work done on a wiki I’m helping to build (learning to code!), and I did a bit of writing, which I try to do every day. Jack and I ran errands, and cleaned our room (okay, so that didn’t take too long, but still….) Tonight was family time with our roommates. Community is important, and I’m glad we can have movie nights together. 🙂

I wish I’d done more reading today. I’d also like to add a workout back into my daily schedule. I feel like I did very little for a day, but my motto for this week is “do one thing at a time.” I’m trying to retrain myself to put 100% of my focus into what I deem most important, and let the lesser things fall where they may. We’ll see how this goes!

Until tomorrow!

How did day one go for you?


As you’ve no doubt noticed, the Live Simply blog has kind of fallen by the wayside recently. Summer is a crazy time for everyone anyway, but things in my house have been a little on the unpredictable side – even for this nomadic adventurer. 🙂 August is another regular JoTL month, and this time around, I’m choosing a challenge that I feel is particularly necessary in my life.

I can officially say I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Between the books, the online course, the webseries(es yes, there are TWO in the works now), the magazine, the blog, trying to be sure the bills get paid, and maintaining some semblance of a social life, I’m overwhelmed. It’s time to put on my big girl pants, swallow my pride, and admit it.

I need to tone it down a notch in my day-to-day. This isn’t minimalism. This is chaos.

So in that spirit, here’s my JOtL August challenge: I will post every single evening. I know what you’re thinking… that’s just one more thing to do. Bear with me. 🙂 In my evening post, I’ll talk about what I did during the day, what I should have done but didn’t, and what I would change if I could go back and do the day over again. In short, this is going to be the biggest form of time management accountability.

I’m trying to take my own advice and use my time more wisely. Let’s see if I can practice what I preach!

What are your August JOtL challenges? We start on Monday!

JOtL Lite: Day Three

When it comes to good health, water is a no-brainer. We all know the benefits of staying hydrated. But why should we indulge in the second part of our JOtL Lite challenge? What’s so great about thankfulness?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve found that thankfulness is the best kind of medicine.

It’s easy in our modern age to view our lives in terms of what we don’t have. Consumerism is built on the premise that we are without something that could bring us happiness. Every advertisement single-mindedly strives to convince us that if we just had a little more, if we weren’t lacking in this or that one area, we would be complete. Standing in a mall or browsing online shops is the easiest way to discover what we don’t have, and the realization only serves to awaken within us a desire to accumulate, to consume. We can never have enough when our focus is on the void.

But thankfulness swings the camera around and gives us the ability to examine life from a different angle altogether. One minute I may feel like less of a person for owning only three pairs of shoes – but the next I can feel wealthy knowing that I still own three more pairs than a significant portion of the world’s population. Eating at home because I can’t afford to eat out may feel like a drag until I open my pantry to discover more food than some people have ever seen in one place.

As you write your three things to be thankful for, allow your perspective to shift. Obviously we don’t want to adopt guilt or shame, but a more accurate view of our blessings can definitely dull the pain of consumerism’s lies. We are complete. We have air, food, and shelter. The rest is sundry.

What have you discovered about yourself or your life as you record your blessings?