Letting Go

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I am the first one to admit that I love my stuff (or I like to lovingly refer to them as treasures). 😉 I’m not a hoarder, but definitely not a minimalist either.  Kathi Lipp is the author of Clutter Free and she was a guest on Focus on The Family this month.  The original broadcast aired on January 9th and if you’re interested, you can download for free this month.  I listened to it twice. 🙂 Here are some key takeaways:

  • Keep what I care about and care about (or use) what I keep.
  • Ask 3 questions — do I love it, do I use it, and would I buy it again?  The answer should be yes on all.
  • Most of us keep stuff out of fear — what if I need it again…in 25 years??
  • Everything we own costs us in some real way — space, time, energy/stress, money, and more money (worth repeating).

She concluded the broadcast by asking her listeners to take the “2,000 Things Challenge.”  Toss, donate, or recycle 2,000 things –start going through the garage, closets, and drawers.  The husband and I started today.  Will you take the challenge with us? 🙂

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Pumpkin Walnut Cranberry Bread

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Are you a baker? 🙂 What is your specialty?  On days (or weeks) like these – cold and rainy – it’s nice to smell up the house with pumpkin cranberry walnut bread.  If you’re like me, I love tripling my recipes.  Happy to do the work once and enjoying the benefits for weeks to come.  Just don’t forget about them in the freezer — speaking from experience. 😉

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Goji Tarocco Orange

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I was gifted this Voluspa candle recently.  A real treat!  The packaging is gorgeous and will definitely be converting the jar to a vase when its life is over.  It’s too pretty to toss.  Candles can help us feel pampered and calm — can you use more of that in your life? 😉 Me too!  What is your favorite scent?

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Happiest New Year

Hello and how are you?  December was a busy month and January hasn’t been dull so far.  We’ve been sick.  The husband and I spent Christmas in CO with my parents (and the entire clan) and had the most wonderful time.  Fortunately, I didn’t start feeling terrible until NYE.  One of the main benefits about being sick is that you get lots of time to think and come up with some new ideas. 😉 One of them is why not celebrate Christmas through end of January?  Yep, we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus for 2 months and could not be happier about our decision. 🙂 The other idea (although not new to the world) is that I signed up for Instagram this week.  What new things are you going to try this year?  Whatever they may be, I hope you’re filled with more joy, peace, and hope in 2017!  https://www.instagram.com/karicopperthite/

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Change

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I found a new spot for my nativity set this year.  Do you like it?  My thoughts exactly why didn’t I do this hundred years ago?   😉 Moving things around can be the best thing ever.  It will often lead to new perspective and new appreciation.  What changes do you still want (or need) to make this year?  It’s not too late.  You can do it! 🙂

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Not So Perfect

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The women’s ministry team hosted a Christmas event at our church recently.  We wanted everything to be perfect and did our best to make it as lovely as possible for 200 ladies. Although it was wonderful, it was not perfect.  Things went wrong.  We found out the night before that we needed 50 more place settings because there was a computer glitch with the signups.  The joy (and panic!) of dealing with last minute surprises. 😉 The world tells us that everything should be perfect during the holidays.  The perfect tree, perfect table, perfect family, perfect cookies, perfect presents, perfect gatherings, and the list goes on forever.  It’s a trap that often leads to disappointments and exhaustion.  Rather than being surprised when things don’t go as planned, I am learning to be surprised when things go right. Ha!  God does His best work in the midst of our messy lives. 🙂

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Cozy

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How good it is to be home after being away for the weekend!  Home sweet home.  It is my absolute favorite place to be during the holidays and non holidays. 🙂 We put our feet up and enjoyed our tree last night (and shared a box of chocolates).  The moment didn’t last long, but it was enough to make me happy.  What little things make you feel connected to family and friends?  Do them this week! 😉

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