Life is not all rainbows and unicorns.

Getting Organized in Your Home and Homeschool:

Dear Friends,

Life is not always easy. Most of the time it is hard. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns. It’s not always what you thought your life would be.

This week has had several emotional landmines for me. If you have read my blog during the past year, you know that I have had some difficult situations in my life. Things are much better now, but there are times when I am working on something and the feelings and emotions come back to the surface.

The last two days have had several reminders of the past year. I looked up some quotes to encourage my heart.

“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have had that sense of accomplishment.” – Aly Raisman

On the hard days, it is important to take time to take care of yourself. Each person has different things that they do for enjoyment. But on a hard day, you may need to remind yourself to take care of the basics of self-care.

Here are the top 10 things I do when I am having a hard day:
1)      Find a quiet place to sit and pray
2)      Read my Bible
3)      Drink my water
4)      Rest
5)      Eat
6)      Talk to someone
7)      Write down my blessings
8)      Delegate tasks
9)      Re-evaluate my schedule
10)    Add “white space” to my calendar

You have to take time to take care of yourself. You cannot take care of your loved ones if you have run yourself into the ground. You might have to say, “No” to some opportunities that you really want to do.

When you continually say, “Yes” to every opportunity that comes to you, you will eventually use up the “white space” on your calendar. This “white space” is the part of your calendar where you don’t have something scheduled. This is the part of your day when you can do something to take care of yourself.

When you are overbooked and overcommitted, the first things to go are your self-care things. You eat on the run. You sleep less. You forget to drink your water. You try to do everything yourself because you do it best. You don’t have time to talk to a friend. You push until you can’t push any more. You forget to take a shower or brush your teeth.

This cycle sets you up for sickness. It can set you up for health problems, too. It can make you cranky with the ones you love the most. It can make you feel bad about yourself.

Stop worrying about letting others down if you delegate a task or simply say, “No.” If you say, “Yes” to too many commitments you are letting yourself down.

The best quote I found today is from Calvin and Hobbes.

“Today is a good day to have a GREAT day!!!”

Today, I am purposing to have a GREAT day! How about you?

Today’s Zone Mission is to detail clean the tub/shower.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is pizza and wings for the boys. Date night for the parents.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Siggie - Tami Fox

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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