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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

February 8, 2021

A Game plan for Getting Through -

Good morning everyone. I wanted to share with you a couple of wonderful things.  They started out a bit rough...
But over time my husband and I have been trying to navigate working at home, working at our office and keep things balanced. We are in Southern California and drive a lot. Our state has been under tremendous 

restrictions so there are challenges to be faced. So much has been shut down. We are trying to keep ourselves going so to speak.

We usually work a few days like crazy, and then we work at home getting projects done.
I love my work (at hospice) and I love to work at home for my Etsy business.

Sewing, quilting and making patterns, creating miniatures, making polymer clay foods and more. I love it all.
 






But there isn't enough time in the day to do what I need and what I want. 
So I schedule myself.
I work like crazy on Mondays through Wednesdays at work, as much as I can do. I clean house while I am home, cook,  do chores, etc.  Working from home is also possible with my hospice work when needed.
When our state was on shut down that occurred more often than not.

Even though it is just my husband and I....I do a few things that just make me happy. 
Not depressed.
Little things, but I have found I am better when I do them.
I wear makeup.
I wear my favorite clothes.....instead of sloppy, 
ugly, messy. I actually dress in something that just makes me happy.
I try to fix good food. My husband had a health scare so we focus on eating delicious....
- healthy and good instead of just throwing stuff together.
I also work at filling my heart and soul with good things, so I don't feel empty. 
Collapse often comes when we feel empty. 
So I work at filling myself with
good books, praise and worship music, devotional readings, Bible scriptures each day.
I am careful what I listen to. When we were sick with the Covid virus a year ago I had to quit watching the news updates because they were frankly telling me I was going to die and not make it.
I didn't want to die. haha....that wasn't in my schedule!
So I changed what I was hearing...and focused more on Biblical faith messages that made me grow instead of fear messages that made me want to give up and die.

Hence the need to do some positive and good things...just for myself to keep me going when things are upsetting or cause anxiety.

I have a seasonal shelf in my kitchen dining room that I always decorate.

Even if kitchen is messy I have this one area that I keep nice so that I can walk by it and enjoy. It makes me happy.


 Thursday-Saturday I can work on sewing, stitching, creating and making patterns. 
That is my creative time of the week.
So early week is work and responsibilities and later in the week is a 
bit easier if I've done what I need early in the week.

 

These are just a few of my favorite things. I had to change my game plan after the virus. I was watching so many people just collapse inwardly. Close friends, close work friends, family members....It seems like it is still happening all around. So what can we do to avoid it? 

That is where my game plan started "No wasted days." 



I decided to fill my days (besides my daily responsibilities and work) with things that would keep me filled. Not barely...not just enough....but filled.  Last year we recovered. We worked from home. We watched our granddaughter suffer and then recover from Leukemia/Lymphoma and a Bone Marrow Transplant. She is cancer free. That was 100 times for us what the virus brought. It was gut wrenching and caused all sorts of anxiety. But we made it through....



What are you making it through? I want to encourage you to get a game plan. For your home, your faith, your family, your work, your future, your days...and your nights. You will be glad you did this. It has made a difference for me personally.

"Behold I am the Lord God of all. Is there anything too hard for Me?" Jeremiah 32:27


Blessings,

Debbie Booth

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