Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Less Stress; More Joy

In January I shared some things I wanted to do this year to help reduce my stress and create more joy in my life. So, how am I doing???

  • Spend 1 hour per day in Bible study and prayer-- Need some work on this one
  • Send at least one handwritten (or typed if my hand isn't cooperating) note per week -- So far, so good:)
  • Practice contentment -- I am content!
  • Spend at least one hour per day being creative:) I have been making cards but need to do more sewing and knitting/crocheting.
  • Work up business expenses for taxes on the first of each month instead of waiting till December! YES! One month down, 11 more to go!!!
  • List business contacts each month that will be needed for Christmas cards in December. YES!
  • Start buying/making and wrapping Christmas gifts in January--NOW! I have money saved and am thinking about what gifts to purchase and make but haven't actually bought any yet.
  • Write Christmas letter for family and friends by November 5--update first of December. N/A
  • Schedule blog posts ahead -- Not yet:( I tend to like to blog in the moment so scheduling posts ahead is hard for me.
  • Prepare and post December and January Design Team projects ahead for The Cupboard Trilogy Challenges -- Nope! Missed this one! I will try to get my Design Team project posted by the 15th of February! We'll see how I do this time!
It doesn't look like I did very well in January:( But I am excited about trying to get more green answers this month!



  1. I'd say, don't stress out about it :) You are doing great!

    1. Thanks, Lena! That's what it's all about...less stress!

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    1. My plan is to purchase AND WRAP gifts all year long. Then the struggle is to remember WHERE I put them:) lol

    2. Hi Kathy I came to your blog as a fellow A to Z er, also recently retired. I can relate to your list. An additional challenge is to remember having bought the presents when standing in a shop or market and spying something suitable for my cousin or nephew or ... Have I already bought a present for them this year?


    3. Oh, you are singing my song! I make notes on my iPod Touch (that I keep in my purse) when I buy a gift and who it is for and for what occasion so I don't forget. I can quickly check when I see still another wonderful something that my daughter or granddaughter would love!!!

      Thank you for visiting, Anne!