Before you get into this post please note that it took me a long time to get to this point and there are seasons that I have to give myself a little extra grace. The past year has completely wrecked my world in ways I never thought possible (good and bad). Covid-19 hit our family hard without actually infecting anyone (praise the Lord). What do I mean by this?
Well, for those of you that don’t know my husband had a relapse of leukemia in Septemeber of last year, and after 2 more rounds of chemotherapy, he was given a stem cell transplant. It was brutal! I have seen him battle through chemo before, but I had never seen his body be so beaten as it was by this last round of chemo. On top of all of that, he has a very weak immune system still to this day. He actually has to take a medicine that keeps his immune system down somewhat because they don’t want the foreign cells to attack his body. It’s a crazy balance and it’s hard to know what is safe and what is not safe. Example: Covid-19.
When we finally got to come home after the 90 days living at or within 15 minutes of the hospital I thought I would get to see my friends and go back to church and get back to a somewhat normal life. WRONG! Covid-19 hit and the world as we knew it continued in a quarantine. Thankfully, this time we were in our home, with our kids, in their own beds and our environment. Unfortunately, that means I have been pretty quarantined since October of last year with the exception of a few trips up to the church and one family vacation that we just got home from and it was the most stressed I have been in a while worrying about my husband and any germs from family members he might catch.
All of that to say this: I do not have it all figured out and I need God’s grace on a daily basis. He has taught me over the past few years the importance of discipline and how much I need it in my life. Those of you that have been here a while know that I thought minimalism would solve all my problems after having our first child and him being diagnosed with leukemia the first time nearly 4 years ago. But those that don’t already know that, hear me when I say… Jesus is the only answer and while minimalism is a good tool, it is not the answer. Being disciplined and having yourself firmly rooted in the only answer (Jesus) is the only solution to your anxiety, stress, household mismanagement, etc.
So, now on to the 5 Simple Things I Do Everyday to Help Me Stay Disciplined:
1. READ THE BIBLE: It doesn’t matter if you have a fancy one, use your YouVersion app or you have one, like my favorite one that the spine is falling off, the pages have been crinkled and your kids have used highlighters to “help” you study. Just read. Click here to read more about how to study your Bible.
2. DRINK WATER: Okay, this might not seem like it has anything to do with discipline, but here is what I have learned. If you stay hydrated you are more likely to feel better and the better you feel, the more energy you have and the more energy you have the more productive you are, and the more productive you are the more time you have to spend on things you enjoy and love and so on and so on. I think you get the picture, right? Drinking the daily recommended ounces can truly benefit you in so many ways. Free Printable Water Tracker
3. EXERCISE: This one also seems simple and almost dumb to put on this list, but in the same way your water consumption helps you, exercise will do the same. Ever heard of endorphins? I have found that doing 3 days of harder workouts and 3 days of stretching or simple yoga helps me stay balanced and not burnt out. I also allow one rest day. For access to my very favorite workout coach ever (and occasional business partner, because I believe in her philosophy, method, and have seen results myself, click here. She is the best, y’all!)Click here for her FREE 4-week program
4. CLEAN SOMETHING: I have a simple-to-follow- and easy to customize cleaning schedule if you want access to it. It’s free because I know that #momlife all too well. It isn’t hard, but it does take discipline. The hardest part is actually doing the work. But I have found that if I have a sheet of paper (and it’s cute) hung up in my laundry room or kitchen I am much more likely to stick to something. It’s like the ultimate (easy to accomplish) To-Do List. Every time I talk about this I the phrase “Keep it Simple Stupid” comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be hard or elaborate. It has to be easy and functional.
5. HAVE A MORNING/NIGHT ROUTINE: Alright, I know this one sounds harder than the others. BUT I can assure you it is not. It just takes some, well, discipline. It doesn’t have to be complicated or a to-do list that takes you an hour to complete. It has to be simple and effective. If you would like access to my training on morning routines and my simple framework for how to create and keep up with one easily. You can access it free by clicking here. If you haven’t noticed by now, I think a common thread in just about everything I do is to take hard things and simplify them or the process. I remember a conversation I had with my father-in-law this winter and it was basically me telling him that I should’ve been an inventor because I am lazy and most things I use that have been “invented” by someone are just things that make life easier and simpler. Like we invent things to stay lazy. #me I try to always work smarter not harder.
Now, before you leave this post and think you can’t do it. Or before you think it is impossible for you to keep up with your house, your health, your quiet time, your to-do list, etc. PLEASE STOP RIGHT NOW! You are already doing battle in your head and telling yourself “I can’t” and that is what my dad would call stinkin’ thinkin’ and I don’t want any of that, do you?
So, what do you do? YOU make a resolution with yourself and YOU give yourself grace. You actually can’t do this all overnight, but you can do it slowly and with intention. You can try and then if you fail or fall behind, you can try again until all of these things become a natural rhythm for you and the habitual effect takes place in your disciplined efforts.
Go pick the ONE thing from the 5 things above (or something else you might feel you need to be doing but aren’t doing because you can’t get out of your head about it) and start doing it! One at a time, day after day. It will become a healthy habit and you will be so glad that you put forth the effort to try again.
Blessings to you momma! You can do it!
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