I just finished reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, by Crystal Paine. I gleaned a lot of helpful tips from the book. Crystal Paine is a down-to-earth, been there, done that kind of author. She is a homeschooling mom of three and works from home at her very successful blog–MoneySavingMom.com. The book focuses on nine simple (but profoundly impactful) strategies that, when applied, can help you shift from just surviving to really thriving!
There are nine goals addressed, and Crystal gives a practical strategy for accomplishing each one. The nine goals are:
- Streamline your life and cut schedule clutter so you can focus your time and energy on the things that matter most. (Learn to say NO! I remember when I had to learn that lesson. Still working on it, too.)
- Determine your most important priorities in life, and build your schedule around those priorities.
- Find purpose and motivation through goal setting. (This one was very helpful to me!)
- Experience significant lifelong change through cultivating small, daily habits. (Working on it! It’s really making a difference already.)
- Get your finances in order so you can spend, save, and give with purpose. (Love it! Totally rocking it Dave Ramsey style.)
- Simplify and streamline your home management so you can focus your time and energy on what matters most. (Yes! A work in progress am I.)
- See failures and disappointments as stepping-stones rather than stumbling blocks. (I read this one right on time! It helped me deal with a situation the very next day.)
- Find the fulfillment and joy that comes from pouring out your life for others. (I was actually crying here.)
- Feel more refreshed and rested in order to face life with passion and gusto. (Aaaah. Let’s take a breather, Momma.)
Her strategies are so practical AND doable.
I love the way she encourages her readers to cut the clutter, out of their schedules and out of their homes. I’ve been working on this little by little for the last several months, and I feel like I’m making lots of progress. I’m planning to really get on top of it once school is out for the summer. (You homeschooling moms know why I can’t really take it on right now.)
She has great advice about creating little habits that make a big difference. In Chapter 4, she addresses this. Although I have a long way to go, because I’m not very disciplined (yet), I have been practicing her suggestion for using morning, afternoon, and evening schedules for a few months now. Creating a routine has REALLY helped me to stay on top of necessary daily tasks and chores, making my home a more peaceful place.
Last week I created a weekly goals sheet with ten goals for the week on it, like Crystal suggests in Chapter 6. It really helped me! Instead of wondering what to do next when I encountered a break in my day, I just worked on one of my goals. In other words, there are SO many things to do (and clean, and prepare, etc) sometimes I don’t know where to start. But setting weekly goals based on my goals for the year really helped me focus on what was important.
All in all, I found Say Goodbye to Survival Mode to be a really, helpful book! I enjoyed reading it, and I’m enjoying the benefits of the practical suggestions I’m implementing.
Now that I finished my first book for the year, I have two more that I’m reading now.
I’m on Chapter 6 of Pride and Prejudice. Let’s read it together! You can download the Kindle edition for free like I did. Or you can buy a paper copy, if you like the feel of a *real* book in your hands.
I’m also reading the first volume of the Charlotte Mason Series–Home Education. So far, I find it positively captivating. It would benefit any mother, not just one that’s “homeschooling.” (We’re all homeschooling aren’t we? You teach your children so much while they are not at school.) I want to learn as much as I can about teaching my children. I’m reading it at Ambleside Online, and it’s also available in paper/hardback form.
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