What’s going on with me, lately?

It has been quite a while since I have written a blog post on here. So let me just update you on what I’ve been up to, how my Holiday was, and where I am going from here.

Lately, I have been preparing for a cruise vacation I am taking with my husband. After the craziness of the Holidays had died down it seemed like it took a while to get back into the swing of things: homeschool routine, getting the house in order, etc… and now we will have to go through that adjustment period again once our vacation is over!

This entire month I have been participating in the #declutterlikeamother challenge. If you don’t know what that is, I will provide a link at the end of this post where you can learn more about it. Basically, it is a month-long decluttering challenge hosted by Allie Casazza. I have been on my own personal decluttering journey for a while now and while it’s going slow I found a lot of value in applying some more minimalist ideas to my life this month. I have been sharing more about what this has looked like for me over on my personal instagram account! I would love to have you follow me there if you don’t already.

I shared over on instagram last night how I’ve been processing our Christmas week experience. We stayed at a hotel/resort in the Twin Cities and while we had a ton of fun and made great memories there were a few moments that were very high stress and chaotic. For my introverted, home-body self it was a bit exhausting. However, whatever craziness I had to endure with the kids (and there was quite a bit) I would still say it was worth it to come away with the memories we created.

I’ve spent a good amount of time reflecting on my life, my year, my future, and learning more about myself. I took the Enneagram personality test which was both interesting and insightful. I’ll share more about that in the future. But I’ve been playing around with a few different creative outlets: like making youtube videos, taking pictures, and I as soon as warmer weather hits I fully plan to get my hands on some more home interior projects and furniture painting.

Two of my personal goals for the year is to read more and be more self-disciplined. Self discipline is always a struggle for me… I just want to follow my feelings and it is hard to push myself to do certain things “when I don’t feel like it”. So, I have two very interesting and popular books to read on our cruise vacation and plan to work on a thorough review and compare/contrast the two books. If you are on Instagram you know what these books are already. 😉
The other areas I want to be more self-disciplined in is Scripture reading and exercise. I am trying to follow a ‘read the bible in a year’ plan (which I haven’t done in a LONG time and have never been successful at). I also want to strengthen my body and get more physically healthy. I am turning 30 in about 4 months and I don’t like the fact that I am aging. I have never been very physically disciplined and as a result (and also having 3 pregnancies close together) my physical strength is severely lacking. I’ve developed some foot problems and I know that strengthening my core and flexibility will help. But it is HARD to stick with this, for me anyway. I’ve never enjoyed working out, but to be healthy I need to learn to enjoy it.

One thing I have determined is that I crave to express myself creatively. This is why I love writing, I love taking pictures (though I am no photographer), I love music and singing, I love painting and art. I’ve never really pursued any of these things to become anything more than a hobby. Eventually it would be cool if something could be more than a hobby, but for now I am content with that. My “job” is to homeschool our kids which I LOVE doing. It is challenging for sure but this is my greatest calling right now. Even still, my “hobbies” are still a part of who I am and I have some FUN and different things coming up that I will share with you soon!

I want to keep blogging but would like to narrow my niche, whatever that is. I still feel like I am in an experimenting/discovery phase if I am being totally honest. Thank you for bearing with me and sticking around if you have.

Here’s the link to Allie Casazza’s website.

And here is the link to my Instagram!

Here is my Youtube Channel (subscribe because something really fun and different and TOTALLY out of my comfort zone is going live on TUESDAY. I don’t want you to miss it…or do I?)

Published by Jessica

Wife, mom, homeschooler, DIY-er, blogger

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