First of all, shoutout to all the busy women getting shit done & making no excuses. I aspire to be like you one day.
In the meantime, I’ve been 100% unmotivated (or demotivated? 🤷🏾♀️). There’s just something about working 9 hour shifts & coming home to a tornado of a toddler who is a night owl & doesn’t fall asleep until after 10 that really drains what little energy & motivation you have.
To say the least, the struggle has been real this week.
Anyway, here are this week’s 5 Fri-YAY faves. Enjoy.
As I take baby steps toward getting myself & other areas of my life back on track this year, I had to take inventory of ALL the areas in which I felt needed improvement. One area that has burdened me to the point of emotional & mental exhaustion is finances. I can finally admit to myself that my financial situation is a huge barrier to moving forward to a place of peace & freedom in my life. While I can’t be mad at anyone but myself for mismanaging my money, coming to terms with the truth is the first step toward my financial independence.
Here’s that truth: my spending habits suck. At 30 years old, I do still have a spending problem.
*breathes heavy sigh of relief*
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let me break down the reasons I believe I’ve gotten myself into this mess:
I thought about how I share a LOT of links on my social media accounts throughout the week, and I understand how difficult it can be to keep up with everything.
So I figured that I would start a regular weekly round-up of my 5 favorite posts, articles, podcasts, products (#YouNameIt) that I’ve discovered throughout the week.
That being said, welcome to the first edition of “My 5 Fri-YAY Faves”. Enjoy.
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Making the time to read has been a struggle for me – even creating this winter reading list took me some time. As a single mom of an adventurous toddler, any moment that I get to myself does not last long. Generally, the best times for me to get things done are in the mornings & evenings when she is sleep, but even during those times I choose to work on things I feel are more important (like this blog!).
As I mentioned in my fall reading list post, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about setting aside time for myself to do the things that make me happy. Reading is still one of those things, but I’m not able to enjoy it as often as I would like.
Has your faith ever dwindled down to the size of a mustard seed?
I’m going to say that your answer is yes. How do I know that? Because even the straight-laced of Christians are still human & have moments of doubt.
Last week, I had a moment. It wasn’t my first & certainly won’t be my last, but it was significant enough for me to admit that my faith has steadily been waning, like the dying embers of a flame.
That moment I experienced turned into a day. And that day turned into a few days.
During those few days, I lost faith. Well, I didn’t lose it exactly, but I questioned it. I questioned my faith because I can’t seem to catch a break. I questioned my faith because deep down, I still suffer from a lack of fulfillment. But these feelings have remained suppressed, until they are triggered by the next unfortunate circumstance. By the next night of lost sleep. By the next thought that maybe I will never live up to my full potential.