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  1. Hi, I’m Shonda and I’m a perfectionist living in chaos! I dread everyday the mess and clutter I see in my home. It makes me frustrated and grumpy. My hope in this study is to be okay with my situation and not let it affect my mood, but also make choices to make it better without feeling like I have to have it perfect. I want to have a comfortable home where I can find things and that I can create a workable system to keep organized and stress free! I look forward to this study and thankful to you, Susan, for doing this!!

  2. Hello everyone! I’m so glad that I’ve learned I’m not alone in this struggle. I have so many responsibilities that I can’t seem to get organized again at home and things just keep piling up (literally). Here’s what I do:
    – I’m a homeschooling mom to my 7 yr old son, who has special needs.
    – I drive him to his speech and occupational therapies one day/week, and to a homeschool co-op one day/week.
    – I go to college for nursing and begin clinicals in Dec.
    – I take care of my 85 yr old father and his house, laundry, etc.
    – I take care of our 2 horses, 2 chickens, 2 dogs with their (soon to be leaving us) puppy, 2 dart frogs, 2 parakeets, and 1 tortoise.
    – I work occasionally for a friend who owns a gift shop, when she needs to go away or to fill in for an employee.

    With all that, I struggle to keep my home in order. My home, which I always use to call my sanctuary, is now a big anxiety causing mess and I am exhausted! I gave up facebook and my emails are just piling up and I don’t care anymore….(except for those for this study and another bible study that I am trying to check in at least once/week).
    It doesn’t help any that I’m in a transitional home with no closets! I’ve been separated for 5 years and living in a studio apartment above the garage (with my son sleeping in a bunk bed above me) on the property that I still own with my (some day to be ex) husband. I went back to college for nursing and it’ll be another 2 years until I graduate and can build a home on land which I own down the road. It’s getting very difficult to live this way, but if I can just get more organized again I’ll feel so much better.
    I tend to give things up to get other things done. For instance I’ve given up cooking unless it’s very quick and easy. But now I don’t feel as healthy because we’ve been eating processed food lately. Ughhh. Help!
    I’m so thankful for this study!! I’m so glad I’m not alone!
    Oh, and I live in the Poconos, in PA.
    Blessings to you all!

  3. You have a lot on your plate during this season for sure. What do you feel is one thing you could change today that would positively influence your creating new habits? Is it 5 minutes with the Lord a day, is it taking time to cook a homecooked meal twice a week? What do you feel you could do differently? Can you ask anyone else for help? Often that is the hardest thing to do, but people usually would love to help, maybe find a friend who cooks and you can swap a casserole once a week, you cook a double batch and she does that same?

  4. tammy cordery says

    I’m sorry to bother you but I wish I could get your book. I can’t affored it now. I know that it’s only ten dollars on amazon but I can’t get it. sorry I been wanting to find a book like yours for one reason is that I have a mother that didn’t show me how to be organized. I love her though she taught me other things but not that. I had a lovely mother in law that was super organized but died before she could instill the organized things in me. I miss her so much. She taught me how to cook her great meals. when I saw your book I said that is the book to help me but alas to much. I will save for it. thank you for a lovely book can’t wait to read it.

  5. Hi ladies! My name is Jill. I have a wonderful husband, a little boy who just turned two and we are expecting the newest addition to our family in December. I too am used to being very organized and detail oriented but found myself in a job that I dreaded going to each day – 5 years in the position took a toll on me. This year I was lucky enough to be able to move into my dream job which is part-time with hours varying seasonally. While it is my dream job (other than being able to be a stay at home mom) but getting used to the financial changes has also added some stress to my plate. To help suppliment our income, I also have a small side business making baby and eco-friendly products. I struggle with how much time and energy to put into my side business (and bring in money) vs. household management (and increase the peace and order of the house). I’m glad to be on this journey with you all.

  6. Tammy, you hopefully will glean from what others share, even if you are not able to read along. I pray that you will find encouragement as we all share here. 🙂

  7. Your struggle is one I am sure many of us face, me included. Working from home is great – but also makes it much harder to divide your time and create boundaries. I will be sure to ask Glynnis this question, how she does it.

  8. My name is Buffi, and I am excited to start this study. Like Rosemarie, my obligations to family seem to take over my life. I recently lost my home because my ex stopped paying support, which also forced me to go back to work, and move to a new state so that we could move in with my parents. I also have a special needs son (CP) who is 18 and a 13 yr old daughter. Because I have been a caregiver for my son that was the logical choice for a job. I care for a 91, precious lady. The family is kind enough to allow me to bring my children with me. We homeschool as well. God has shown me his blessings, and although we are still living with my parents almost 6 months after moving, God’s reasons have recently revealed themselves. My mom has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and my dad is currently helping care for his parents (ages 93 and 95), and can’t do it all. This leaves little time for anything. I look forward to digging into this study for insight. I will be praying for you, Rosemarie.

  9. Hi Ladies! I am a so thankful to be on this journey with you all. I used to be so organized but lately I have been living in a cluttered chaotic house. When it is like this my peace is completely gone and I tend to try to catch up on my house and let my relationships go. I’m a stay at home mom with three wonderful children, a 3 1/2 year old daughter, 1 1/2 year old son, and our 8 week old son. I’m in a season of life where I’m sure my house will not be perfect but I at least want to get to a point where it doesn’t stress me out. Thank you, Susan for guiding us through this book, when I saw you were doing this book study I knew I needed to be a part.

  10. Buffi, so glad you could join us – our season of family can seem overwhelming, but God is Good and He will carry you through. Even when you are almost drowning, I am so excited that you are confident in finding more space to be. I am so sorry you are having to emotionally handle the extra burdens you face, I pray you will find strength to be a support without losing yourself to it all. Caring for parents is a hard task…

  11. You are so right Sarah, your house will not be perfect and coming to terms with that is the first step of GRACE with yourself dear one! I pray you find rest and endurance to keep motherhood at the forefront with such small children. I know God picked you out to be here right now to walk along these other women who are seeking solutions and joy once again. Thank you for sharing!

  12. My name is Amber, I am 27, married, with a 9 year old and a 3 year old, both boys. I am absolutely thrilled to start this study and have already found the first 2 chapters so enlightening. Just knowing that the anxiety I have been feeling is normal and common takes such a weight off my shoulders. I feel that I’ve been in that fight or flight mode where I just feel like I want to run away sometimes or I put up a wall between myself and my family….it’s fascinating to know that my body is functioning like it is supposed to, telling me I’ve taken on too much and it’s not healthy. I am excited to learn how to manage the interesting versus important and make a conscious and present decision about those things based on my clearly defined priorities. Lately I’ve been making a conscious choice that I am not going to ‘go there’ with regards to guilt and self-doubt….it’s been so freeing to do this, whether it’s about the house being perfect or worrying over my parents marriage/divorce….It has given me so much more brain space to be present with my kids and the things that truly are important to me. I hope as we read more together many more women can learn this ability and we can all give ourselves a break knowing that we were never meant to be perfect!

  13. Hi my name is Angie and I am a single mom of two children my son Garrett who is 11 and my daughter Kenzie who is 13. My daughter was just healed from a terminal disease so now we are trusting God to move me in the right direction becausey life is chaos and I used to be so organized bit life has had other plans….I am so excited to see how this unfolds in my life for me and my children. I live in Maryland.

  14. Hi all, I’m Kerryl. I’m a single mum to a 2 1/2 year old very active little boy after my husband died from surgery complications last June (375 days after our wedding). This is on top of loosing my Mum and step-dad in 2008, which is when my out of control started. My place is a storage facility as most of these people were hoarders and I want to make intelligent decisions on where I send some stuff (eg – war medals & diaries to the war memorial museum). My husband’s stuff is difficult to let go of yet. Add my MIL passed about a month ago, plus I’m a full time student studying two different qualifications at the same time – I’m pretty dis-organised.

  15. I gave you a shout out over on facebook – I am so glad you are here!! Welcome and I pray you find encouragement!!

  16. OH MY GOSH!!! How incredible, thank you for sharing that wonderful news here with us!! What an encouragement and blessing – God has big things in store for you here!

  17. Married for 8 years. Have an 8 yo daughter and my son will be 1 in December. Have been following Fly Lady for a few months and it has made a change in my house and heart. I work from home at my computer 8 hours a day so the messy house was just staring at me all day. I am not perfect but everything is a little cleaner and there is less clutter. I actually have a hybrid system of your pages and Fly Lady routines. I love my shiny sink and it does make a difference. I am taking on meal planning with emeals and am so excited. I was at a point that I was uninterested in cooking the same boring things every week. I have never been part of a study like this and look forward to it. Thank you.

  18. God has blessed my life in so many ways. I’m living “the dream” but failing with organization and de-stressing my life amidst all these blessings. I’m a wife of an amazing man who just left active duty Air Force and we just moved 3 weeks ago. We have 2 fantastic little girls…6 & 3…and we homeschool. 😉 I work from home and it’s a dream job but it does require a lot of mental energy and I struggle with balance. I really want to learn a lot in this study both practically & spiritually. 😉 Thank you so much for heading this up.

  19. Hi! I’m amie and I’m a 35 year old stay at home military wife and mom of three. My oldest is 9 and I have a 6 year old and a very busy active all boy 2.5 year old!! We currently live in Jacksonville, Fl. I’ve often said that I crave organization. I just love the organizational isles at Target! The bins! The containers!! School shopping is exciting for me. And I have a love affair with planners (I’m currently in a search for one as mine will end in dec. Must have lots of room and I’m not looking to spend a lot.). All that said.. No matter how a fresh note book and really cool pens make me feel.. It does nothing if I do nothing with it. And that is where the problem lies. I have good intentions. Even motivation. But I get lost I the process and stress and anxiety set in. I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. Often just cleaning up the play room will literally have me turning in circles lookin for a better way to store everything. I get sidetracked so easily.. One project into another to another.. And by the end of the day nothing s done! Step by step, I think a good honest evaluation of myself will be good and hopefully start a journey to change this story!!

  20. Welcome – so glad you are here, I pray you are inspired and can glean some new tips and encouragement!!! Balance is hard, I totally get that one, I will be asking Glynnis about that during the conference call!

  21. Welcome – glad you are here and so glad you are taking a new interest in meal planning, it can be such a daunting task, but also one that really blesses our family. I hope you feel the community here –

  22. Hello ladies,
    My name is Sadie. I am.the wife of an active duty Army Officer currently stationed at the Pentagon. I have 6 children ages 16, 16, 13, 6, 4, and 2. I never, in my married life, have been very organized, and i have accepted that, but ad my children prepare to go to college, i feel the need to get more organized and help them as well. I know it would have been better to start early, but I can’t look backwards. God meets us where we are, not where we wish we were. I am also a freelance writer trying to get my writing career off the ground. I look forward to studying with all of you!

  23. Hello – My name is Michelle and I’m a married mom of four boys (11, 9, 6, and 5). We live about 40 miles south of Atlanta, GA. We moved here from Pennsylvania almost three years ago for a new job for my husband. Due to my husband’s position and the change in cost of living, we were able to afford a much larger home in GA (about 4 times the square footage). This has been a wonderful blessing for our family, but I have found that I am often overwhelmed with trying to organize, clean and decorate the space. I was very “on top of things” at our old house, and I am struggling to get that feeling back! Susan, thanks so much for hosting and facilitating this book study – I think it’s just what I need!!!

  24. Welcome Michelle, so glad you found me!! I know, isn’t it funny, we always think we want bigger, but that doesn’t always mean it is better! I pray you find new tips and strategies as well as inspiration to move forward!

  25. Thank you for this, “God meets us where we are, not where we wish we were” I love that -how wonderful!!! We can always change what is ahead, but not behind.

  26. Hello! I’m Kerrie. I live in Arizona with my LEO husband of almost 11 years, our 5 kids (9, 7, 4, 20 mos and 8 mos), and our insane Labrador. I’m blessed to be a SAHM and foster parent. With a husband who isn’t home much, it’s been easy to fall into bad habits. I’m looking forward to this study!

  27. Welcome!!! A fellow foster parent mom – we stand bonded 🙂 I pray you will find encouragement and inspiration!!

  28. I am married with 2 children ages 4 and 18 months. I work part-time outside of the home, and have a 2nd part-time job I do from home. My house has NO storage, and when I married I moved into my husbands home. So ever since I moved in I have slowly been re-doing the rooms. It takes me forever to complete projects. I am also interested in getting back to my faith. I attended Catholic school for 12 yrs, and have let life get in the way of practicing. I want to teach my kids the importance of their faith by modeling it, not just telling them. Sorry I am starting late!!

  29. Hi Susan, I’m a little late in the game, but I just discovered this study yesterday (see, I’m late opening all my email) and knew that I must get in on this! I downloaded the book right away and within the first few pages, I knew I needed to do this! This is a stretch for me because I don’t normally like to be “behind” everyone else, as it doesn’t fit my perfectionism mantra, but I know this study is for me, so here I go!
    By the way – I have been married for 24 years, have a 20 year old son and a 14 year old son, and they are half the reason my life, my schedule, my floors, my laundry, and all the rest of my little world, are always in fast motion! The rest of the chaos might be due to FB, Candy Crush, and Blogging, but when I’m overwhelmed, it’s what I go to 🙂 Now, on to reading…..I have a lot of catching up to do!

  30. Welcome! So glad you are joining us and not using an “excuse” that we already started awhile ago to NOT join us! WOO HOO! I know you will have fun, make sure you pop over to Facebook too, lots of great conversation going on!