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November 15, 2013

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It’s been one of those weeks, hasn’t it? You had plan, lists, goals, to-dos, and then everything went haywire. You just barely pulled through getting the absolute minimum necessary accomplished and are sliding into Friday in a sort of panicked relief.

My week too. But you know what? It’s ok. Life is about more than accomplishing sometimes. It’s ok to be sick or have your day’s schedule fall apart or just have everything not fit together in the most ideal productive way possible. Life would be pretty boring if that happened all of the time, no?

So take a deep breath today and remind yourself that you and your life and your loved ones are about more than accomplishing, more than schedules, more than lists. Just sit for a little while, talk to your spouse about their day, snuggle your little ones, make some tea, and give yourself permission to not get anything productive done.

Because sometimes the most important things don’t show up on a list. While you’re at it, make some time to browse the great links below. The schedule will be there when you’re done reading.


I’m a huge advocate of early childhood music lessons and after you read this study you should go sign your child up for piano  lessons.

My mom sent me a link to Hearth Magazine . . . be still my heart. Also, I think my brothers would appreciate knowing that they weren’t the only kids who had to split firewood.

Can we talk about how utterly gorgeous this home office is?

I really need to hang some things on our walls. We still only have one picture up. But here are some great tips for hanging items on walls.

We’re having some sweet friends over for brunch on Sunday. I’ve been dying to try some easier cinnamon rolls so maybe this is perfect time.

Although this makes me tired, it’s probably all too true: successful people just get up before the rest of us do.

These custom stamps are lovely. Which reminds me – I need to order a return address stamp. Still. Yes. I am THAT behind.

And finally, this article from Seth Godin on traits that all of us can choose.

What are you reading today?



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  1. I haven’t gone through all of the articles yet, but here’s a reply to your getting up earlier article:

    Not that I agree with it 100%, but I think each side makes a case for itself. I grew up getting up at 5:00 every morning and the whole lot of us were exhausted by 2:00 in the afternoon. So we all took a nap. When I go back home, everybody takes an afternoon nap. We go to bed at midnight, get up at 8:00, and actually get things done in the afternoon and in the evening.

    Anyway, I think there are arguments for both, but neither side has the moral high ground.

    Fun links so far!

    1. Monica dear,
      I love that your comments are always so fun and meaty.:-) No, I think you’re right. I think half of these studies are simply based on people who a)don’t need as much sleep as a normal person or b) are disciplined enough to go to bed early enough to get the sleep they need (more likely), even if it means going to bed 8 hours before 4:00 a.m. It’s true that, when I wake up super early, I get a lot done right away, but then I’m completely exhausted normally by about 10:00 a.m. Is that really more productive or am I just more disciplined with my time early on to make getting up early worth it? Probably the latter.

      I think that schedule sounds lovely.Give me an early afternoon nap every day!

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