My husband asked me this past weekend if I had made any recent purchases from San Francisco. I was really ticked off and impatient with his question…which reveals something about my purchase amnesia. I could not confidently answer him yes or no. Racking my brain and trying to remember really hard whether or not Sephora or is based in San Francisco, I insisted someone must have hacked our card. Then I backed away slowly, and retreated to my Happy Endings reruns on my iPad. (With a hacker’s VPN running in the background to trick it out of the United Kingdom’s programming restrictions. Not to mention it.) #imissbravo
Quietly he did more research and uncovered the mystery charge: WordPress blogging fees. (Thanks, WordPress, for the super cryptic account statement name, btw.) Oops. I inadvertently re-upped my blog for the year 2020, even though it was the absolute last thing on my mind right now.
Since we paid for it—here I am. New year same me. I am not here for New Year’s resolutions. I really am only able to live my best life by the……..day. Sometimes by the half-day. So in lieu of resolution announcements, here are my green lights for 2020.
1. Podcasts. Hands down, my number one most enjoyable healthy distraction. Levity. Maybe I am late to the party, but I’m astonished at how many people are not tapping into podcasts yet. There is so much amazing content out there! I can also get lots of housework done instead of giving into my temptation to scroll. I have done 18 months of field research for you, and you only really need this one: The Popcast with Jamie and Knox.
Their show wins the contest by a MILE. It’s everything popculture, and it’s a laugh a minute. This is just what I need to offset my mood-a-minute. It’s clean humor, you can listen to it with the kids around, 99% of the time. (Note: The green lights/red lights at the end of their episodes inspired my title.) Also, the Urban Dictionary episodes keep my slang fresh, hundo p.
2. Dresses. When I am in a mood, I don’t want to get dressed, but I am not one who can go too many days in my stretchy pants. Enter big dresses. Dresses are the new athleisure, ladies. Leggings are over. (But don’t throw away those Lularoe Leaning Tower of Pisa Leggings if you have them.) Put on a dress, pop your favorite jacket/hoodie/cropped sweater over top of it, and you’re done. I wear my big ol dresses with my sneakers or ankle boots…and I feel so much more pulled together than when I am in my gym clothes, and it is just as comfortable if not more. Breathing room. Bonus: sometimes I get compliments! Here are a few pics for inspo:
3. Skin Care. When I tell people my age, no one ever reacts with any disbelief whatsoever. How offensive is that?!! Maybe that is why I’ve had R&F people chasing me down for years now, and I have always run from them. Because I didn’t want to pay those prices. Or sell it. Then I would make it worse by telling them I am a soap and water girl. Well, PopCast Jamie finally sold me. Not on R/F–but on taking better care of my skin. I did some research and purchased a few products…some from the drugstore and some from Sephora. Whoa, not only can I feel a difference, I can see one.
Okay I admit: I get why R/F are so gung-ho about their hustle. Because once you start seeing the difference, it becomes a hobby for sure. I am like giddy to go do my face routine, AM and PM. So, for what it’s worth, I now officially recommend beginning a skin care regimen, not only for results, but to have something to do. Remember, healthy distractions. Favorites: Dennis Gross Peel Pads, Ole Henriksen Vitamin C serum.
4. Morning Time. This one is a little more serious, but the morning time routine I have with my kiddos is a HUGE green light. I come away from it feeling so encouraged by them as people, by our family situation, by God.
It’s the anchor of our day, and it’s just as much for me as it is for them. On the best of days it takes about 90 minutes. We open with a bit of music to set the tone; we share prayer requests and pray together; we go over memory work; we read a bit of scripture aloud; we close with a missionary story/novel/poem/whatever. When time is short, we do just the five minutes of scripture and a quick prayer. I could blog a LOT about this…there is also a ton of content on the internet/podcasts about it.
The small amount of time we spend together is redeemed exponentially. Fun fact: 5 minutes of reading aloud per day amounts to 30 HOURS in a year. You can cover a LOT of content by reading aloud just five minutes at a time. Try it out–set your timer and start reading. See how far you get. When reading the Bible with kids, stick to the 5 minute rule. That’s it. It’s a lot and not too much all at the same time. Everyone wins.
Morning time is something you can do whether you are homeschooling or not—when my kids were in school, we did it before they left for the bus. (A 10 or 15 minute version. Still so much ground covered.)
5. Shopping my home. When I feel down, my heart is pulled toward retail therapy. It feels soooooooooo good. I don’t even realize how much I buy! See story above. Wanting a refresh isn’t necessarily wrong. So, sometimes I shop inside my own house.
I do it in two areas: house stuff and clothing. Shopping my house means I am redecorating/rearranging with what I already have—serveware, art, lamps, house plants, etc. All decor and furnishings tend to fade into the background over time. Having a re-do with all of it is a fabulous alternative to hitting up HomeGoods and TJ Maxx when the urge to shop looms. It really hits the refresh & makes me remember that I have a collection of wonderful things that can be featured in all sorts of combinations! Consider restyling a bookshelf, china cabinet, corner of a room, or bathroom.
Second area: clothing. I will go in to the closet and create outfit combinations from what I already have on hand. I’ll hang them all together with the accessories. My cleverly coordinated ensembles are set aside and waiting for the times I have no time/energy to think of an outfit.
Bonus to shopping my house: It doubles as an opportunity to declutter.
Thanks for reading, friends! I hope you all have a wonderful January and I can’t wait to hear if any one has any other newfound loves in 2020. xoxo