For the month of October, I’m joining the Nester and hundreds of other bloggers to post every day about one topic. My chosen topic is “Doing less to build more.” I couldn’t be more excited about this topic, but it’s going to be a s t r e t c h for me to post every day for 31 days. That’s why it’s call a challenge, right? It would be my great joy if you would join me.
(Scroll below links to read Day 1)
Here’s what to expect from this month, y’all, starting with some background:
I named this site The Balanced Wife because it’s what I want to be. Also because The Perfectionist Wife, The Neurotic Wife or The Uptight Wife didn’t sound like something anyone would want to read, including me. I want to say goodbye to her.
How I define balance:
Using and stewarding the resources we’ve been given well.
Not doing everything, but doing the important things.
Giving up the race to meet everyone else’s expectations.
Letting go of unrealistic, exhausting standards.
Focusing on priorities, and not everything can be a priority.
Here’s how I know that the tendency some of us have to do and be everything is unhealthy: it’s rooted in fear.
Fear of being “found out” as less than perfect. Fear of missing out. Fear of letting others down. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection.
The frantic juggling act to keep up comes from fear and weakness, not power and love.
I believe that when we put down the balls- not drop the ball, but intentionally choose which ones to put down and which ones to pick up- we can actually accomplish more.
More of what matters, that is. More quality relationships. More important conversations. More soaking in the Word. More listening for that still, small voice. More walks in the park and back rubs and relaxed dinner parties and spontaneous laughter.
Some themes you can expect to read here this month:
Death to the phrase “I don’t have time.”
Receiving and asking for help with grace
Saying yes to what matters and no to everything else
Making decisions out of love, not fear
Using strengths and admitting weaknesses
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What comes to mind when you hear “doing less to build more”?
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