Day 4: Kitchen Floors and Cabinets #31DaysToClean

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As Jimmy Fallow says, “Ew.”

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Oh my goodness. I had no idea my floor was this disgusting. Double ew.

There was a time dear readers when I had a lovely woman coming once a week to clean my home.

And bless her heart, SHE NEVER TOLD ME WHAT A SLOB I WAS! I mean, I got down on my belly to get these pics (I promptly showered afterwards), and EW EW EW! I mean. EW.

I think you’ve figured out already, but I no longer have that precious woman helping me. Dear Lord send her back. So I am faced with my nastiness. And it is…nasty.

Time to take care of business.

Let’s Do This!

We shall scrub the floors, but first, the cabinets.

Take a close look at them. Do you see the dirt and stuck-on food? Go on, get your sponge and get to work! And when you finish the cabinets, move on to the floor.

Do not even look at the hand-held mop. Oh no, sister, you need to get a sponge and a bowl full of hot soapy water and get on your hands and knees. Clean those floors well! Get those pieces of mac n’ cheese, the old cheerio, and the…what is that? Get too it! Scrub, baby scrub!

Get Your Kids Involved!

How about asking your child to help you! Give them the sponge and the soapy water and have them wash the floors. I would have an older child (over six) do this unless you want water everywhere (ask me how I know).

You could offer to pay your child to help if this is out of the realm of their everyday jobs.

Take all the help you can get!

After Pics!

I’m in Colorado with Sally at her MomHeart conference, so my kids and I got these tasks done early! I’ll be back on Monday!


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That’s right. These AWESOME kids are my super helpers!

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And they liked it!

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Okay, so she didn’t like it so much, but here’s how I got her to clean. SHE asked me if she could have my ePantry box, and I told her “SURE”, if you clean the kitchen floor. :) She agreed. And she got the box, which is now a “hotel” for her dolls. WIN WIN!

(I had to go back and clean up a few spots, but overall she did a great job!)

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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Writing From Your Own Well: How to Have Integrity as a Creator (Plus, One-on-One Coaching With Me)

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Me talking about being free to write the story you’ve been given

It’s taken me nearly two years to finish the book I was contracted to write over three years ago.

Through December I busted my tale to finish so that we could get the book out in August. And it about killed me. With a few thousand words still left to write, I called up a friend of mine in tears. “I have nothing left in me. I have given all of me to this book and the thought of pushing out a few thousand more words seems impossible. I don’t know what to do.”

And my friend said to me, “Well, can you just leave it as it is?”

The thought that the book could be complete without meeting a specific word requirement was something I didn’t think of. I mean, books are supposed to be a certain length, and if you don’t have the length, you just make and stretch words until you’ve met the quota. But I didn’t want to just add words, I wanted to share the message I had without forcing more into it. So this is the reality of publishing. And there is nothing wrong with it, if you have the integrity to write in-depth on a topic. Some messages are 20,000 words and some are 70,000. The message you have is what it is, no less, no more.

How do you know if you’re writing from a place of integrity? You write from your own well.

As I sat holding the phone to my ear, my friend on the other line prayed for me. And then she said something profound. She said, “Sarah, if I go pick up a book from so and so, and it is Holy Spirit led (he was compelled to write it), it brings relief to my soul. If so and so writes another book because now he has fame or a deadline or for any other reason than that he has a message from his well, the book won’t bring relief; it will leave me parched.”

I don’t ever want to leave my readers parched. I want to bring them relief so that they can keep on in this life.

We must write from our own well (tweet that), from the story we’ve been given, from the message we are compelled to share.

This is one of the lessons I’ve learned as a writer, and it is this lesson that I will cling to as I move forward as a creator.

If you are a creator, and you have a message, a story, to share that you are compelled to share, then it will brief relief to someone who needs to hear it. And you must tell it, because it is in your soul to do so.

For all of you out there who are reading this and thinking, “Yes, that’s me. I have a story and I want to share it!” Then I have a resource for you.

In December I had the honor of being a part of creating a course called, Author Launch. It is a course for those of you who want to tell your story through writing a book. Before I tell you more about it, take a look at a sample video from the course:

 
 

The beautiful thing about this course is that you have 10 experienced writers walking alongside you for 46 weeks as you write your book.

Each of these authors has something to offer you that will help you immeasurably. For example, Crystal Paine’s marketing advice is out of the this world. She is absolutely BRILLIANT when it comes to understanding the techniques for getting your story to the world (her marketing knowledge is mind-blowing, and it alone is worth hundreds of dollars). Then of course you have self-published writers like Josh Becker who have sold over 60,000 of his book and is now being published traditionally, Donald Miller who is a veteran writer with massive experience and talent, and Jeff Goins who grew his blog to over 100,000 readers in under two years. You guys, these people know their stuff, and they are walking with you through this course.

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Crystal Paine on Marketing

The course is filled with this kind of practical knowledge.

Now that you’ve seen some sample videos, let’s get more specific.

Why Author Launch?

Here is how myself and the other writers are going to help you during the 46 weeks:

  • We will take you step-by-step in writing your book. By the end of 46 weeks you will have a completed book (if you’ve done the work!).
  • You will receive weekly emails with detailed help and practical steps for each stage of the book writing process. These emails will come with videos from all of us authors.
  • A nearly 50,000 word PDF book to guide you during the course.
  • We will help you to not only write your book, but get it ready for the publishing process.
  • We will teach you how to get the word out about your book so your message can get to as many people as possible.

If you were to hire just one of these writers for consulting, if would cost you between $300 and $1000. If you were to sign up for a college or business school course on writing and marketing, you’d be paying hundreds of dollars, and you still wouldn’t have access to all of these amazing writers.

In addition to everything I’ve already said, all of you who sign up through me (as a gift to only my readers), I will have one-on-one coaching calls with you to help you during the course. 

Friends, I am jazzed about this course. It is a phenomenal resource that I wish I would have had when I was starting out, especially because I could have really used the accountability, encouragement, expertise, and step-by-step help to work consistently on my book.

If you’d like to join me and 9 other writers as you get that message in your soul to the world, just click HERE. REGISRATION CLOSES ON JANUARY 31ST! We begin together on February 2nd.

I can’t wait to hear your story.

 

Oh, and by the way, I am so pleased with the book I was able to write. In fact, I’m giddy over it. It is a message from my own well and I cannot wait to share it with you all. :)

Love, SM

P.S. Isn’t my makeup lovely? My talented make-up artist sister did it! If you’re around the Nashville area and you’re looking for someone to beautify you, check her out HERE!

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Day 3: Let’s Clean Out the Pantry! #31DaysToClean

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Oh sweet pantry, how you hold my food so lovingly.

Okay, so we are cleaning out our pantry’s today! Let’s get to it!

Let’s Do This!

  • Pull everything out. That’s right, all of it. Now, depending on the size of your pantry, this job might take 1/2 hour or two hours.
  • Throw out all the expired stuff. Once that’s done, you can begin to organize and put things away. Make sure to have paper and pen with you to write down any items you are in need of replacing!
  • Doesn’t it feel good to have a clean pantry? I love it!

Speaking of Pantry’s….

Have you all signed up for your $10 ePantry credit and FREE Method Wood Floor cleaner? GET ON THAT! :)

After Pics!

Today and tomorrow I will have the after pics in the posts right away because I did them early since I will be out of town. As you’re reading this, I’m either on a plane to Colorado or in Colorado with my dear Sally at her Mom Heart conference. I couldn’t have finished today’s and tomorrow’s tasks without the help of my amazing kiddos.

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I enabled the help of my darling daughter who LOVES (and asks me) to organize! She did it all folks!

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When it comes to cleaning, I don’t care how it gets done, just so long as it gets done. She GOT IT DONE. WOOT!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

P.S. Tomorrow is the Own Your Life book club! Come back and visit!

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF for only .99 cents (but only until Sunday)!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

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Day 2: Fridge and Microwave! #31DaysToClean UPDATED with After Pics!

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Le Fridge

I’m not showing you my microwave because I still have my dignity. Which is surprising when I think about the other pictures you’ve seen (and will see). 

I love cleaning out my fridge.

I mean, I don’t like cleaning it, as in washing it down, but I love actually purging the old things, the moldy things, and moving along with a clean slate, ready and open for non-expired food.

Here we go.

Let’s Do This!

  • Quickly take care of any dishes and mess (this should only take 10 minutes or so if you cleaned it yesterday!)
  • Open up the fridge, thank the Lord for the abundance of food you have and for making so much of it taste good, and then begin the purge!
  • Get rid of everything expired or old or smelly.
  • Once that’s done, take everything out and wash down the interior. When that’s finished, organize all your food back into the fridge.
  • Breathe a deep sigh of joy. Your fridge is clean. Praise the Lord!
  • For the microwave, put some sliced lemons in a bowl of water and microwave it for 2-3 minutes to loosen up the food inside. Then wash it down and get her clean! Don’t forget to wash the exterior!

BY THE WAY! Today is the LAST day to enter the ePantry giveaway for $130 in cleaning supplies! GO GO GO! It ends at 4pm EST!

After Pics!

The Microwave…

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I know you have no point of reference because there was no before picture, but just know this: It.Was.Bad.

Onto the fridge…

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Everything out!

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Yuck.

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So this was one of the gems I found in there.

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I love my CLEAN FRIDGE!!!! Oooh, that quac salsa looks good…

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

P.S. If DIY stuff is your thing, you might like THIS.

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF for only .99 cents!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

$130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY!

Enter the giveaway HERE! IT ENDS TODAY (Wed) AT 4pm EST!

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31 Days to Clean, Day 1: Begin the Kitchen! UPDATED with After Pics!

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Don’t judge!

I know. I KNOW. It’s bad. But hello, that’s why I’m doing 31 Days to Clean!

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Today is “Begin the Kitchen” day!

Let’s Do This!

Here’s what I’m doing, join in if you’d like!

First up, put in a load of laundry.

After the laundry is started, begin cleaning the kitchen. Focus on the basics:

  • Do the dishes (HOLLA if you have a dishwasher and praise the Lord for it)
  • Also the pans (yes, even the greasy piled up ones you haven’t wanted to touch)
  • Wash out the sink (If you have bleach, plug your sink and fill it with bleach and water and let sit for about a 1⁄2 hour.)
  • Gather all the paperwork and stuff on your counters and put it in a bin or a bag and set it aside, you’ll deal with this on another day!
  • Wipe down the counters.
  • Eat a cookie.

We’ll work more on the kitchen tomorrow!

After pics to come and my “Why” for cleaning will be up later today (I’ll update this post). Stay tuned! OH, and if you want to have your ePantry cleaning products to you by the end of the week, ORDER TODAY!

After Pics!

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It’s on.

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Clean, clean, it’s CLEAN!!!!

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Because my kitchen was clean, I felt freed up to cook! Pork butt. YUM.

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Are you drooling? It smells SO good in my house right now.

Ahhhh! And then, I had a brownie. :)

Tomorrow, FRIDGE AND MICROWAVE!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF for only .99 cents!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

$130 Cleaning Supplies GIVEAWAY!

Enter the giveaway HERE!

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