This week I have decided to go off the beaten path a bit and show you how I have joy. And I have so much more of it now that I have kicked chaos out of my life.
My husband has had some serious health issues and I have been his main caregiver. Having a chaos free home sure helps keep me sane, but I need retreats from it all. This week I took a three day retreat in the mountains with my dear friend Dianne. She did all the driving and arranging. We had so much fun and the break was so very needed.
If you are in a caregiver position, consider having a substitute caregiver come in and give you a break. It is essential that you take care of yourself!
This is from my e-book called OPERATION SERENITY – which is still offered for free for signing up for my emails. Spread the word, it won’t be free much longer!
From the introduction:
One day you wake up and you realize your life is not what you want it to be and you’ve been fighting Chaos all your life. In fact, you were born in Chaos. But it is time to stop blaming your parents, stop convincing yourself because you were not raised with tidy habits, that you will always be messy. So, you have had “HARD” visit you – divorce, health issues, relationship issues, death, sickness — you name it and every time the HARD comes Chaos is walking in right behind it. But you have to pick yourself up with God’s help, dust yourself off and put on your battle armor! And, when you get strong in between the hards you can then face the Hard and not allow chaos in —- it is possible! But when Chaos reigns and the Hard hits – and it will – none of us are immune — you will have a serene environment -you will know how to maintain Serenity no matter what comes! But you have a choice. You decide. Do you want to continue to live the way you are living — misplacing keys, glasses, cellphone, scissors? Never having room to set a coffee mug down on the kitchen counter, things rotting in the fridge, desk piled high with papers, and basements full of stuff you don’t need and haven’t used for years?- your old stuff, your inherited stuff. Stuff from other people adding to your chaos, Boxes and boxes piled high with clothes your family is not wearing, books you are never planning to read, toys and things your kids have long outgrown. You may have even thought organizing the chaos in neat stackable boxes and labeling them was the thing to do. But you can’t organize clutter and call it good. It is still clutter. The definition of clutter :Stuff you are holding on to because you are not brave enough to deal with it. And you are finding it harder and harder to get out the door and be on time to where you need to be. Ready to throw in the towel and let Chaos have the victory? If your answer is NO,
Then, You are now ready to learn a new mindset, a new strategy. One that will work! Finally you will be able to see Serenity on the horizon and love her so much you will never, ever allow Chaos into your life again. You will have your life back and you will never want to go back to the way things were again!