Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's All A Balancing Act



     Tying to balance life seems to be something I'm not the best at. I tend to focus on one thing and let the others get away from me. One example is that I can be totally focused on work once school starts in Aug. I will throw myself into it and almost live at school. The only problem is that I tend to let the other important things in my life take a backseat. I find that I am not reading and praying like I should and I sure am not making time to go to the gym. It's like when I try to get one part of my life in order the others tend to slide. I will do so good at having my quite time with God and then I try to add getting healthy and going to the gym and it seems one is not going to make it long. This school year I am going to try and really work on having better balance in my life. I know that this will not be easy since there will be a lot of changes at work. I also really need to get my finances in order. I got back onto my budget and using the Dave Ramsey program to get a handle on my debt. Again this is another area of my life that I tend to good in for a while and then lose focus...I have to stay focused on the end goal!!

     I will just go ahead and say it now...to all the Moms out there
that take care of a home and the lil people that occupy it, You Rock! I really don't know how some of you juggle all that you do?? I wonder how much of a challenage it is to find time with God, fold the laundry, and take care of what can sometimes be compared to as miniature drunks (Please, no one get your feelings hurt about that...I just think that it's pretty funny and sometimes very accurate. haha!!!) 

     I was reading "Weird...Because Normal isn't Working" while I peddled away at the gym (my attempt at multi tasking in the hopes of remaining balanced). I have read the book before and came across a few things that I highlighted. There was a really good quote that I had highlighted and seems that its something I needed to read again. 
"Normal people allow good things to become the enemy of the best thing."
This was another one that I had highlighted as well.
 "God will often give you more than you can handle so you can learn to depend on him rather than on yourself."
I think so many times I lose my balance because I'm trying to do it on my own, in my own strength. I need to focus on God and what He wants to do in my life and not becomes so busy with things. I love one of the challenges that the author Craig gives the reader. He says to create a To-Don't List. I love to do list so much but I really need to create my own To-Don't list. He says that in todays day and age being busy it the normal thing to do. But so many times we load ourselves up with things that keep us busy we lose sight of the best things. He says that we need to reduce the activities that overload us and cause us to be so busy we are to busy for the Good and Right things for our lives. 

So I started on my To-Don't list:
1. Don't put things before my relationship with God. 
2. Don't take on any more clubs, sponsorships, committee chairs, after school activities, or responsibilities at work.
3. Don't stay late at work more than once or twice a week. 
4. Don't use all of my planning period to chat, get stuff done!
5. Don't give up on my budget. Buckle down and "Live like no one else, so Later I can live like no one else."
6. Don't be afraid to say No.
7. Don't let the changes that come overwhelm me. Remember that this year's motto is, "It's no big deal."
8. Don't give up family time because of work, tiredness, or laziness. 
9. Don't spend my whole weekend working on lesson plans.
10. Don't forget to maintain some type of exercise plan. "Endorphins make people happy!"

     So, thats my list. Some will be easier than others to do, but I hope that having a goal will help me this school year to maintain some type of balance in my life. 


~Till Next Time

Sunday, July 28, 2013

When Things Go Bump In The Night

     There are times when you just need another person around...well at least for me. Even if that means someone is holding your hand a few states away.
    I was up cruising Pinterest when me and Mr. Bingley heard a noise coming from my cabinet under the sink. I knew that I had a sticky trap there, you know just in case, and thought that it sounded a little like something messing with it. Well, I did not take this well. I will fess up and say that I was freaked out! The worst part is when you hear something and there's no one there to get your back and be there to call the cops after what ever made this noise has attacked you and mauled you.
     So after hearing the noise I figured I should check it out. You know, because "Knowing is half the battle." Well, I armed myself with a pair of rain boots and a broom and tried to talk myself into opening the cabinet door....this was not going well or fast. I really needed someone to know what I was facing, and to act as a bit of a cheerleader. Since it was almost 2am the count of people still awake was slim. Thank God that due to time differences I had one person that could hold my hand (cyberly at least).  So sorry Bri that you got stuck with the job, but thats what you get for moving to CO and being an hour behind us.
So sit back and enjoy the following example of what happens at my house when things go bump in the night.

  • Today
  • Sylvia Latham


    Hey!!!

    what are you doing up?
  • Bri Blakney


    I'm just getting in bed. Lee has Saturdays off now. So we just finished watching jimmy Fallon.

    And you?

    when do you start back?
  • Sylvia Latham


    Ok so I know that this is going to sound sooo dumb but I heard something rustling around in my cabinet under my sink (I think it could be a mouse) and I'm freaking out! I've been trying to buck myself up enough to open the cabinet and haven't talked myself into it yet. My fear is its something that is going to kill me. Yeah, and Mr Bingley is laid out sleeping while Im running around the house in rain boots and a broom!!!!!
  • Sylvia Latham


    Moments when I really wish I had a man!!
  • Bri Blakney


    Lee still talks about when I called him to come to the trailer for a mouse at the campground.

    I think that was the first time he was genuinely upset with me.
  • Sylvia Latham


    So I'm going to open the cabinet (I have a sticky trap in there for just in case and it may be stuck to this thus the noise) But I want you to stay with me while I open the cabinet if I don't respond in at least 5 min...I'm dead. Call my parents. Ok?
  • Bri Blakney


    Hahaha. Ok
  • Sylvia Latham


    LOL holding my hand from all the way in CO
  • Bri Blakney


    You are so dramatic. Not going to lie though, I would probably already be at my mom and dads
  • Sylvia Latham


    Ok....Good news, I'm Alive!!
  • Bri Blakney

  • Sylvia Latham


    bad news is the sticky trap is not where it was??????????

    Mr Bingley has woken up and seems concerned
  • Bri Blakney

    That is Bad news
    But it shouldn't be long if the sticky trap is gone. That means it is in use


    • And you are alive
    • Sylvia Latham
      Yes....now just a bit freaked that something hauled it off. But then they are small. At least if it is stuck its not getting far with it on him (and yes the mouse is a guy since he is ruining my quite night by making me stress!!)
    • Bri Blakney
      So you won't be sleeping tonight???
    • Sylvia Latham
      I'm going to barricade my bedroom door for the night and have my Dad do an inspection in the morning....I feel better just having looked under the cabinet and found that there was no wild rabid beast coming to get me!
    • Bri Blakney
      I'm glad it's not a raccoon with a sticky trap stuck to his but.
      Butt
    • Sylvia Latham
      I'm leaving Mr Bingley to fend for himself...darn cat better attack if he sees it!!! He's all big and brave when its moths...what the heck he need to buck up and handle his business!!!
    • Bri Blakney
      That's the only reason I would want a cat, but we don't have too many of those problems up here's
      Here
    • Sylvia Latham
      Yes, praise baby Jesus it wasn't a irate raccoon running have crazed with a sticky trap stuck to his rear...I could imagine he would not be too friendly!
    • Bri Blakney
      But that would be a great story!!!!
    • Sylvia Latham
      Oh yes, how I like to be the fodder for great crazy raccoon story
      Doesn't he looked concerned
    • Sylvia Latham
    • Sylvia Latham
      Ok well I'm going to try and go to sleep...thanks for holding my hand and being there just in case I was killed
    • Today
    • Bri Blakney
      I hope you survived the night.
  • Sylvia Latham
    Yep we did



         Yeah so that's how it went. So today I went all beast mode and started cleaning A LOT starting with "The Cabinet" that started it all. Oh, and to just be clear it was after I had my Dad come and make sure that there were no crazed wild rabid mouse waiting to attack me. After Dad gave me the all clear, I started cleaning like crazy and putting out a LOT of rat poison!

    ~Till Next Time