#074: Organize your attitude: a conversation with Virginia Lee

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Welcome to a new year and a new plan for the Simply Convivial Audio blog – also known as the Simplified Organization and the Convivial Homeschool audio blogs. Last year I merged my two blogs into one and so it seems fitting that this year I merge the two podcasts into one. Every week a new audio blog post will publish on Mondays – no seasons, no themes, just another 10ish minute short but meaty focus session to help you … Read More

Three Surprising Reasons to Organize Your Life

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How many attempts at organization have you attempted and abandoned? How many times have you failed at meeting your plans and expectations for getting organized? It’s easy to look back at what hasn’t worked and how many times our hopes and dreams and visions of organization have crashed and burned – how many times we’ve boomed, only to bust – and decide that it’s just not worth it. But it is worth it, and that’s why you keep getting drawn … Read More

Escapist Planning, and how to make plans that aren’t

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You have done it. I know I have – and too often still do. Life is not going as planned, so we break out the notepad and start a new plan. The new plan is not a way to faithfully respond to our current reality, but rather a way to escape into a pretend future reality where our plans will work out. Turns out we ate all the fudge scraps while making a dessert plate. Clearly time to make a … Read More

For moms, SMART goals aren’t. Let’s make REAL goals.

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SMART goals is a common thing you’ll see, especially this time of year, in business and productivity circles. SMART is an acronym describing the characteristics of goals that will, supposedly, work: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound. The problem with SMART goals for moms is that we have less control over our situations and circumstances than we’d like to think. SMART goals assume that level of control we wish we had, so when we set goals like that, we end up … Read More

The Surprising Truth about Successful Homeschooling

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What do you need to homeschool successfully? Do you need Ticonderoga pencils and an iPad? Do you need lesson plans and activity guides? Do you need Morning Time binders and baskets of books? Well, ok, sure – you definitely need piles of books. But what’s at the heart of a “successful” homeschool? A peaceful and happy mother. Sarah Mackenzie has said it already, and that’s why we keep returning to Teaching from Rest as our homeschool-pep-talk book: Let’s break this … Read More

When You Need to Walk Away

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“Step away from the chocolate.” I understand needing to step back from things in life. The problem is that often what I should step away from isn’t what I’m supposed to step away from. After a rough day or a rough week, I start to think about the possibility of spending hours at a coffee shop alone with my laptop or a book. I think about taking a day trip all by myself. I’ve done both these things legitimately and … Read More

Made to tend

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Entropy is real. We can clean and organize all day long, but we can’t clean and organize our way into a static, finally-done state. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Except that it isn’t bad news. God made a world that needed tending, even before the fall. It’s harder and comes with frustration now, but tending and keeping is one thing we were created for. It’s not a punishment. Tend, v. care for or look after; give one’s … Read More

5 Things I Learned in November

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I suppose I can’t say something about how I can’t believe the month is over – every month. I’m getting to that point in life, though, where the eye-roll clichés just seem like truths that need to be stated. We started out with a mild, warmish fall, but have now definitely hit the cold – but not cold enough for snow or ice. That’s something I am personally grateful for, even though my kids would love some snow. Talking into … Read More

The Lost Tools of Homemaking

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This summer I was browsing through CiRCE’s writing program, The Lost Tools of Writing, as I built out my plan for my own lit and writing class. I don’t use the curriculum, but I did skim it for ideas. 
And, ideas, it turns out, are what it emphasizes (not surprising, if you know CiRCE). Ideas are the real tools of writing, more than grammar or outlining. Without ideas, there cannot be good nor clear writing. And the same is true … Read More

Life Management Tips from Simplified Organization Members

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It’s hard to say. Does life slow down as we roll into the holidays because school is lighter or off and Christmas music is playing or is it more of a hubbub because of all the holiday extras? Whether it’s because now we have some more head space to think about just what our problems have been this school year or because with the holiday extras we realize our need for better organization, there’s no denying the phenomenon: January is … Read More

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