Day 6 – The Bathroom Closet! #31DaysToClean

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Not too bad. I have a feeling my oldest will want to organize for me. SCORE.

It’s time to clean out the bathroom closets or nooks (whichever you have) from your first bathroom! Ready? Let’s do this!

Here’s the plan:

  • Pull everything out of the closet onto the floor or on a space where you can go through everything you have in there
  • Get a trash bag (you’ll need it)
  • Sort each item into trash (hello trash bag), keep, or donate (yes donate, you might have something in there that you really don’t use or need but that is nearly new)
  • Take the donate box IMMEDIATELY to your car and either drop the stuff of that day or this week
  • Once you have sorted, organize and put back into the closet
  • Voilà! You are done for the day!

Get the Kids Involved!

Who says you should have to organize all by yourself? Get your kiddos to help! If you have a child who is willing to organize, let go of the control and let them put everything away (just give them simple guidelines). Help is help!

After Pics!

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She organized the bathroom closet for two scoops of ice cream. :)

Also, why do I still have Desitin? I have no babies…

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And she did it all in roller blades. That’s just how she rolls. HA!

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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Day 5: Begin the Bathrooms! #31DaysToClean

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Today we begin cleaning the bathrooms! For the purposes of this series, we are going to be cleaning two bathrooms and  organizing the bathroom closets over the course of four days. If you have more than two bathrooms, you can work fast and get more done, or catch up on other days. Here we go!

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This is my bathroom. It’s not too bad, but THOSE FLOORS need washed. Remember, I have a boy. Ahem.

Here’s the game plan for bathroom #1:

  • Get a bin of some sort and put everything from your bathroom in it and take it out of the bathroom. Take out the trash can as well.
  • Put your toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl and let it sit.
  • Wash the sink, the mirror, and then the toilet. Flush!
  • Wash out the bathtub.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Get a bucket of hot, soapy water and wash the floor. If you want to get it really clean (especially around the toilet and ESPECIALLY if you have boys) get on your hands and knees to do this.
  • Put everything back in the bathroom that you want in the bathroom (don’t put the dirty clothes back on the floor!). Don’t forget to take out the trash!Get the Kids Involved! Trust me, your kids are capable of more than they sometimes let on! I know for sure that any kiddo seven years old and up and take on cleaning a bathroom, if not in full in part.If you have an older child that can do the whole thing, get them on it! This could be a weekly job for them.

    If you have younger children, have them just do a part of the bathroom, such as sweeping it up and putting new trash bags in the trash cans.

I’ll be back later with after pics!

After Pics!

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It’s about to get real.

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This is the “Okay mom, I’ll smile but I’m really not having fun” face.

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This is a family operation. (Yes, I helped.)

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Ta da! :)

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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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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The True Beauty of a Woman is Reflected in Her Soul

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Me with my dear Sally at the Colorado Mom Heart Conference.

This is an Own Your Life Book Club post. Even if you’re not reading through the book with us, please read on and be encouraged!

I am so sorry the book club post is late, but I was with Sally at the Colorado Mom Heart conference, and it was just too delightful and busy and fun and to pull away and have time to write. Please forgive me?

It was such a lovely conference, and yet again, Sally inspired all of us to live holy and gracious and by faith. I can’t stop thanking God for her.

One of things I’ve been able to observe in Sally over the years as I’ve talked with her, spent time in her home, and gotten to know her children, is that she is a woman who is full of integrity behind closed doors. She doesn’t just speak her messages, she lives them.

“The true beauty of a woman is reflected in her soul.” -Aubrey Hepburn quoting Sam Levenson

This week’s chapters were four through ten, and while they were all good, I was personally drawn to chapter 10, which was on tending your heart and investing in your soul. It spoke deeply to me. I want to fill my soul and my mind with beautiful, good things so that I can reflect them to those around me. I want to nurture my soul and my mind so I can be excellent and lovely and filled up with the truth of scripture. I want to be a wise woman who lives fully alive so that I can call out goodness and beauty and potential in others, but to do that I must choose to take care of myself and treat my soul and mind like a garden. I will till the soil of my inner person, planting good seeds, watering them, pulling out the weeds, and submitting to the sun and the rain, which of course is the Holy Spirit, to nurture my growth.

Sally, says, “Investing in your soul is the secret to becoming elegant, distinguished, gracious, refined and spiritually captivating.” (P. 129)

To help us as we ponder filing our souls and minds with good and beautiful things in order to reflect the goodness and beauty of the Lord, she asks us some poignant questions:

  • If I were to see what lined the shelves of your mind and soul, what would I find there?
  • How have you owned the stewardship of spending time with inspiring people and feeding on life-giving ideas, profound books, and beautiful art or music so that grace overflows from within you?

“What we feed our inner begins will determine what we can give to those in our spheres of influence.” (Tweet this)

Here is another statement that really struck me because I want to be a woman of joy and excellence: “I meet very few women who seem exemplary of character and soul, whose lives challenge me to be more excellent. I’m not talking about perfect performance in life but about devotion and contagious passion-not behavior, but heart.”

Contagious passion. Do you have that? Oh, that’s the woman I want to be. I want the light and beauty of Jesus to so shine out of me that is is contagious to others so that they may see and want to know His love and kindness.

Each chapter this week was so good, but 10 was it for me. I look forward to hearing what stood out to you.

Wisdom Gems

“If we are not careful, the sands of our lives will slip away, and our excuses will leave only empty echoes in the wind.” Chapter 4 (Tweet this)

“It is natural to quarrel, to be selfish, to live a small-minded life. It is supernatural to love unconditionally, to serve others, to live a life of vision and faith.” Chapter 4

“God created us to soar, to dance, to fly – to live with gusto as we enjoy and discover the magnificence of the mysteries He has strewn through creation.” Chapter 7

“When we are preoccupied with our work, we almost always exclude the person right in our midst who is hoping for relationship.” Chapter 8

“Our souls reflect our true selves.” Chapter 10

Choosing to Own My Life

Some ways that I’m going to own my life are to invest more in reading biographies and stories of heroic people, and I’m going to do this alongside my children so that they can be inspired to live and dream in the power of the Holy Spirit for their lives and how God might use them one day. I’m also going to take some time this week to dream for God and make a plan (by faith) for how I’m going to live over the next few years.

Your Turn!

What stood out to you this week? What did you learn? How will you apply it to your life?

Love, SM

P.S. The winners of the Own Your Life book giveaway are: Trina Wilhelm, Kali Smith, Tiffany Jones, Kelly Kortright! Congrats! You’ll be getting an email from me soon!

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What Story Will the Days of Your Life Tell?

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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 bring 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 has 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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