My 2013 Habit Project – Simply Convivial

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So, having developed why I chose to focus on organization, atmosphere, and health in 2013 and also the nature of habits, now we come to the details. Here’s my list. Habits for an Organized Home Make my bed. Always write it down right away in RTM, EN, or Google Calendar. Look at RTM, Cal, & Daily Docket before breakfast, during lunch, & before bed. Set three goals per day, during breakfast; tell someone. Put it away, don’t put it down. … Read More

Dangerous Wives – Simply Convivial

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At the Dangerous Women conference held by the Femina Girls, Bekah Merkle spoke to wives. Dangerous Woman as Wife When the Bible speaks directly to and of wives, it speaks of two things we tend to see as unrelated: submission and fruitfulness. These are the two areas the curse addresses and the two things the world wars against. They are the two things we need to pay close attention to. Submission Submission is not “the husband gets the swing vote … Read More

Dangerous Women – Simply Convivial

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Repost from 2011. The exhortations I received at this conference last year was a large part of why I shifted the focus of this blog (and hopefully my own personal focus along with it) to the concept of “conviviality.” Although my friend and would-be companion ended up unable to join me, and although I had to get up at 4:30am and leave just after 5am, I attended the Dangerous Women conference put on by the “Femina girls“: Nancy Wilson and … Read More

Book Review | Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Back in January I listened to a library audio copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It was one of those synchronicity books: unaware of the book, Matt had come across the RSA summary and shared it with me and then a day or two later I was browsing my brother’s Amazon wishlist and saw the title there. So I opened a new tab in my browser, went to the library’s site, searched for … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Internalized Housekeeping

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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. First, Taylor lays out the three levels of poetic knowledge: first intuitive, then intentional, and finally that grows and matures and blossoms into “connatural” or internalized. Applied to homemaking and housekeeping, the final stage of internalized knowledge is a dance; we dance the dance of our routines because it makes us happy and satisfied. We simply couldn’t leave the dishes undone at night or … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Intuitive Homemaking

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Intuition is, according to the dictionary, “direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension” or “a keen and quick insight.” It is a vision, an internal image that directs and guides, even unconsciously or subconsciously. Almost every housekeeping book I have read addresses wrong thinking as a frequent root cause of poor housekeeping. Often the point is made with pop psychobabble or self-esteem jargon, but I think there is something to that point nonetheless. In … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Housekeeping in the Poetic Mode

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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. In it, he posited a three-stage development of and three-prong aspect of poetic – that is, not logically deduced – knowledge. He called the final stage “connatural,” which was a difficult term to grasp, but to make it simpler and parallel, I will use the word “internalized.” So, the three stages and aspects of non-rationally-attained knowledge are intuitive, intentional, and internalized. Applied to homemaking … Read More

Housework is Transforming – Simply Convivial

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So how do we gain a concept or vision for our mundane, quotidian homemaking & housekeeping work that will lift us from the oppressive modern conception of work as a necessary evil we do so that we can afford a consumer lifestyle? all work is a bringing of the ideal from potentiality to actuality. That is how Weaver puts it in Ideas Have Consequences. Rachel Jankovic expressed a similar idea in her post, “Motherhood Is Application“: The days of a … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 1: Organize Your Attitude – Simply Convivial

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Day 1: Organize Your Attitude for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening Hospitality or Entertaining? Hospitality n. the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. Yes, that’s right, part of the very definition of the word hospitality has to do not with your home, but with your attitude, your disposition, your heart. So we begin right at the core. Hospitality is … Read More

Review: Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed – Simply Convivial

Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters is a short (less-than-100-pages), grace-filled book on using our time wisely. At first blush, when encountering their premise, it might seem like the book will be either a guilt trip or a demanding book: We can actually do all that God has called us to do. […] We can accomplish everything God has ordained for us to do in this life. And … Read More

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