Is there anything greater than making it through the hottest month of the year in Texas in hopeful anticipation of someday (semi) soon getting to wear your boots and a beepin’ cardigan?
Grumpy princess says ‘NAOH.’ (No.)
It took some convincing to get this tiara on her, but five minutes later she wanted everyone to try it on, with the request ‘Yanni pincess? Takeit off. Hebba pincess? Takeit off.’ Such a sharer.
When you work in higher-ed, August is kind of the best-worst. It feels like the longest month ever, but you accomplish all of the things! And the students come back and they are so precious! And you’re so tired! And vaguely sticky all the time! And your office is full of candy and neon sunglasses and tiaras galore because you know you always order too much but it brings joy to people who come into your office mid October and just need a sour patch watermelon and tiara pick me up, and that is a beautiful service to be able to provide.
This past month, I got really into decluttering. I gave myself a ‘Get rid of 25 things challenge’ and probably ended up getting rid of 50… it was so liberating! I have begun to see that the main reason I hold on to things I don’t want or need is that I am afraid of what will happen if I let them go. What if I need that shirt? What if I could someday sell that lamp? What if this random cord actually goes to something important and I just haven’t figured it out yet?
Well, I don’t, I won’t, and it doesn’t.
I’ve been really challenged by reading through the first five books of the bible these past two months. God provided for his people in such incredibly tangible ways- bread from heaven, water from a rock, babies from barrenness, pathways through deep waters. Time after time he said ‘trust me, I will take care of you’ and his people said ‘yeah but… what if you don’t?’ I can’t say that I would have acted any differently had I been an Israelite – it’s hard to trust the Lord for everything, but I know it’s a commandment, not a request. So, once I started getting rid of things, I tried to quiet that voice inside that me said ‘no! you need this!’ when I knew I didn’t. Because that voice is a voice that I let control me all the time- whether it’s buying more things, getting rid of things, or treasuring my things a little too much.
What was I talking about? Oh yes, it’s September. I’ll be headed to Chicago at the end of the month to see one of my best friends of nearly 20 years get married. My sweet husband will turn 28. I will coordinate my third wedding. I’ll be (hopefully) medicine free for the first time in two years. It will be one month closer to our Europe trip. Praise God for good things and lower temperatures (did I mention it’s really hot here?).
A quick check in on my goals from this past month:
1. Get a replacement frame for my diploma
2. Order scripture canvas for my birthday
3. Read at least 1 book (The Royal We, The Heir, The Crown, The Honest Life, In progress: I’m over halfway through my sister’s book!)
4. Get the junk in my trunk cleaned out (trunk of shame, you will be dealt with in September)
5. Get rid of 25 things (this felt amazing!)
6. Make it through a full month of my bible reading plan (yaaaaas!!!!)
7. Incorporate yoga 3 x a week (I’ll try again next month!)
1. Sell our old living room rug
2. Read at least 1 book (Up next: The Happiness Project, Finishing my sister’s book!)
3. Finish transitioning off my medication (hold me)
4. Go to Chicago to watch my life friend get married
5. Have a restful and relaxing weekend with my sisters!
6. Incorporate yoga 2x a week (let’s start small)
7. Get the junk in my trunk cleaned out for real this time (not a euphemism, my trunk is a hot mess)
8. Finish cleaning out my closet and working on a wardrobe that sparks joy.
9. Make it through a full month of my bible reading plan (again)