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I'm Just Breathing



Hey y'all!
I know that I have been MIA lately with posting videos and blog posts.

There's a good reason for that.

I just needed to breathe. 

Don't worry! I'm not going anywhere! I just needed a moment to gain some perspective.

Have you ever been working on something so closely, like putting your nose right on the canvas, that you only see little parts of your work? But then you take a step back to see the whole picture and it's a BIG. FAT. MESS?!

Yeah--that's kinda where I'm at.



The truth is, I have been incredibly overwhelmed the last couple of months with all the things. I thought I was doing everything right. Work, homeschool, homemaking, homesteading, social media, team mom, YouTube. I got this. I'm an easy going, agreeable individual. A team player. That's me. I can do the "one more" thing.

**face palm**

Apparently, I can't.

Apparently, I have a breaking point.

And I met it.

Like a punch in the face.

Crying spell and all (sorry about that, Trish).

I asked myself, "What have I done? Is this what being a homeschooling, WAHM is supposed to be like?? Overwhelming? Nothing to show for all of the hours of work I put into all the things??"

That's when I took a step back. I saw that what I was creating wasn't a Monet, but a really bad version of a Jackson Polluck.

NO!

No more!

No more stuff. No more yes. No more projects

Not until I have my priorities in check and I know what I'm doing!

So, what now? 


This is the exciting part. I know what I need to do and I have already taken steps toward that direction. Here's what's happening:

1.  Returning to my First Love. I need Jesus. Don't we all? In the name of busy-ness, I have neglected my relationship with The One I Need The Most. I stopped talking to Him, spending time with Him, and going to Him about things. I decided that I can do it all by myself. Well, we see where that got me. This was the first thing I went back to. I missed that communion. I missed the peace I feel when I surrender.

To redirect my focus, I started a new devotional reading from an app called She Reads Truth.  I'm reading the devo called "Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross". As soon as I read the title, my heart yearned for the wisdom that it promised.

I also started listening to Christian podcasts again. A couple that I have REALLY been loving are The Homemaking Foundations Podcast with Jami Balmet, and The Purposeful Home Podcast with Allie Casazza & Kelsey Van Kirk. If you are striving for a Christ-centered home, I HIGHLY recommend both of these podcasts.

When I am working around the house, I have also been listening to Jami Balmet's downloadable {audio}book called "The Proverbs 31 Homemaker". I have NOT been disappointed. It's also available as an eBook. I have both, but audio is perfect for me.

not an affiliate, but a fan ;)


2. Being an intentional minimalist. Those that know me personally, know that I am a minimalist. I've been a minimalist since I got married and had a house of my own to keep. I don't like having things that I can't use, don't have a place for, or don't love. However, if you look at the state of my house, you would probably think the opposite. So, I started remedying that this past week and I ain't stoppin' 'til I can breathe, y'all!


Clutter is chaotic for me. It effects my mood and my thought process. I love farmhouse inspired decorations, but I love empty spaces just as much. I purge regularly, but lately I haven't been intentionally purging with a vision of how I want things to be around here; not just with my stuff, but also with my time.

That has all changed.

I know how I want things to be and it's going to rock! Stay tuned for that journey!

3. Re-branding The Caver's Wife. Well, kinda. I have struggled with how to define my blog and my channel. I had to ask God about this one. "Lord, what do you want from me? I have this platform to share Your boundless love and incredible mercy. What do you want me to share? What is my part in this?" I got my answer! In a nutshell--God wants me to be a Titus 2 woman.




You see the term "aged women" and are now asking yourself how old I am. I turned 37 yesterday. That might not seem "aged" to some of you, but think of it this way; I have been married over half of my life. 18 and a half years, to be exact.

We have a good marriage; not perfect, but good.

In 18 and a half years, I have learned so much about when to be sober; loving my husband when he is hard to love; loving my children when they are hard to love; when to keep things to myself; the beauty and importance of being chaste; the glory and challenge of being a keeper at home; the struggle of being good; and the picture of Christ and His church being lived out thru the obedience of a wife to her husband.

So, with that being said my blog and channel will be more of the same (homemaking, homesteading, homeschooling) but with a Titus 2 intention. Biblical Homemaking & Womanhood. That's it. I'm pretty pumped about it!

So that's where I've been and what's going on. I can't wait to get this all into motion and see what God does with it.

Until next time,
Tangi

I have been incredibly overwhelmed the last couple of months with all the things. I thought I was doing everything right. Work, homeschool, homemaking, homesteading, social media, team mom, YouTube. I got this. I'm an easy going, agreeable individual. A team player. That's me. I can do the "one more" thing. **face palm** Apparently, I can't.

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