33 well-planned articles of clothing. There are spreadsheets, books, and courses devoted to the concept. Wearers meticulously design them based on mix-and-match potential and classic looks.
I did something crazier.
I wore the same 5 dresses for 100 days.
This was not well planned.
Back in April, I decided to try out that Lularoe Nicole dress. Or 5 of them. Because when I like something I go all in.
Laughing about my purchase, I told a friend “I should wear one each day of the week!”
She said “When will you do laundry? And wouldn’t you need 7?” [See, this is why you have friends smarter than you]
Ignoring these practicalities, I decided to go even deeper.
Here’s what I gained by wearing the same 5 dresses for 100 days.
Don’t confuse energy management with time management.
Tell me if this sounds like you.
I make reasonable schedules and lists. I’m not double booked. But I just end up getting sidetracked, working slower and slower, or checking out to do something more relaxing. I cannot clear a to-do list!
It’s easy to overload your to-do list with short tasks. However even 30 minute events like confession or a high-intensity workout can completely drain you. Try rating each task you add to your to-do list with a 1-5. One for not at all tiring, to five for super exhausting. Suddenly the mid-afternoon slump makes sense.
Do you scramble every morning to get out the door? Do you feel like you start each day 10 steps behind? There’s just not enough time in the morning to get every last thing done. The key to smooth and easy days, is starting the night before. Here are 17 simple ways to make life easier for tomorrow.
How do you form good habits? Most of us say “I want a new habit, guess I just have to work out for a few weeks. If I stick with it, eventually it will become second nature.” Nope! Habits don’t magically appear out of repetition.
Here’s an example: Let’s say your New Year’s resolution for 2018, you wake up, and smack yourself in the face with a frying pan. It’s character building. You knuckle down, and keep doing it every.single.day. For 365 mornings in a row, you diligently whack yourself to uphold your yearly promise.
On January 1st, 2019, will you smack yourself again? I’m betting not.
In this free 10 page eBook, I walk you through the professional system to clean your home:
- and easily.
- Why are you “cleaning” all day without reaching an end point?
- My 1 Big Tip to avoid clutter in the first place
- Order = Outcome
- Reduce waste with strategic reusable tools
- Discover time-saving devices
- Learn which products actually kill norovirus and other nasty household germs!
- There are actually only two rooms in your house!
- Step-by-step lists for cleaning
- Make cleaning easier for the next time
I wrote this to give you all a blueprint of how to clean methodically. Your efficiency can rival that of a professional maid. You can spend less time cleaning, and enjoy more thorough results. Get your time back, with a free, proven cleaning system.
Get this free eBook, and access the rest of my downloadable content, in the resource library! You can also get it via email by signing up below.
Some people seem to be blessed with more than 24 hours in their day. You know who I’m talking about. We all know one woman like that. She works full-time, works out regularly, spends quality time with her family, arrives on-time to church every Sunday, volunteers, and even has real hobbies!
Is that even possible? That is the premise Laura Vanderkam started with, when she began researching and writing 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think.
To be honest, I am not one of those people who finds self-care greedy. I have long thought that part of being a kind person is being kind to yourself. In a healthy relationship, boundaries define what is my responsibility and what is yours. I learned long ago that it is no one’s responsibility to advocate for me but my own. When I need some free time, I clearly request it.
The greatest benefit I had from reading The Fringe Hours was clarifying how I should be spending the unattended time.
The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner is the pleasant entree into book writing from the popular lifestyle blogger at The Mom Creative. More gentle encouragement than rallying cry, Turner invites women to rediscover their interests, take time for themselves, and embrace the demands of whichever stage of life they are in. This is the book to read for women in need of permission to care for themselves. If you are lost, if you are drowning, if you cannot remember that there is a uniquely crafted individual underneath the shifting mass of external responsibilities, here is your permission. Here is your prescription. Rescue yourself!