How my times, they are a changin’.


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It’s nice to be home.

I have loved LOVED being on the road this fall – traveling, speaking, visitin’, etc. – but I am glad that I have a few weeks off the road. For these last 6 weeks of 2012, I have one more high school retreat weekend and then a three day meeting in Texas, but I’m virtually done for traveling this year.

It feels good and weird and good.

Mainly good.

While I’ve been in and out of town, my home has gotten a bit whackadoodle. My bedroom still has two clothes-vomiting suitcases on the floor and my winter clothes in boxes in the closet and my desk covered in receipts and bank statements and papers that are supposed to be important to me but aren’t exactly. Sidenote: I’m not sure what all is stacked on my chair in my room, but I know the stack prevents me from sitting in said chair.

So my Thursday is full of cleaning and organizing and stacking receipts and looking through the piles of mail that I have ignored for months.

My life needs some attention, y’all.

Also. Peace.

My life needs some peace.

Clean and organized feels peaceful to me… which is hilarious since my bedroom has been in a constant state of messy since elementary school. But I’m making some other changes too now that I’m home for a while.

1. BUDGET. I’m taking my budget seriously. No more “well I’m only home for two days so I can eat out fourteen times” budget thinking. Luckily, I’m getting some assistance with the biz side of my career, so that should help.

2. COMPUTER BOUNDARIES. I’ve gotten in a bad habit of watching TV on my computer at night. And I think some of the peace of my bedroom has been lost. I’ve never had a TV in my room and I don’t want one. So I’m now turning my computer off, like OFF, at 10pm and leaving it at my desk. I mean, on top of the piles of papers that I have yet to read.

3. EXERCISE. Lindsey and I have a plan to not get huge this holiday season by actually going to the gym a few times a week together in the mornings. So. We’ll see how that goes.

4. CLEAN ROOM. I’ve just gotta. It makes me so much happier.

5. LISTEN FIRST. Emily taught me this. When I wake up, before I check my phone in any way, I sit up and while I’m stretching my neck and opening my eyes, I listen to God. I want His voice to be the first I hear every day. Not twitter’s voice or facebook’s voice or my bossy email inbox.

Psalm 16:6 says that the boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places. I am a BIG BIG fan of boundaries and order and things in place. So I’m excited to spend the next few days making that possible in my life and my home and, in some ways, my heart.

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What are some ways that you bring peace into your life and home?

Teach me, wise one.

  1. sonika says:
    November 15, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Whackadoodle? Totally stealing that :)

    Oh, I do the computer-TV-thing, too…it’s a difficult habit to kick, for sure. And I love the idea of listening for God first thing in the morning. I’m right with you, Annie!

    Hot cocoa does it for me…hot cocoa, a blanket, and a book (usually one that doesn’t require much brainpower). Oh, and when I’m home from college, I usually have my eight-year-old brother around to snuggle – that’s always a plus :)

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  2. GinaG says:
    November 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Interesting timing for this post. While I haven’t been traveling for 6 weeks, my job and life have been rolling at a chaotic pace recently, taking a toll on my home and peace as well. Just this week, I’ve been considering what I need to do to rein it all back in. So, thanks for the encouragement!!! I’m going to double-down on a few of your items as well.

    One thing that I’ve gotten back in the habit of just this week, is “shining my sink” a la The Fly Lady every night before I go to bed. It’s amazing how much better I feel while pouring my morning cuppa joe if my kitchen is tidy and there isn’t a pile of dirty dishes glaring at me from the sink!

    Love your blog Annie – thanks for sharing! BTW, I used to live in Nashville and we have several mutual friends. Often reading your blog is like taking a quick “visit” back home. :-)

    Here’s to regaining peace and sanity!

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  3. November 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

    My husband and I have started putting media boundaries up… even in ministry, it feels like things are pulling at us from each angle. No facebook after a certain time at night or before a certain time in the morning! I feel weird being an adult who must have those boundaries, but you’re right… they’re good!!!

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  4. Ibukun says:
    November 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Did someone say “boundaries”? I’m not sure I know what that word means anymore. Because heaven knows I haven’t set much boundaries lately. I’ve become so comfortable with God that I wake up in the morning and the first thing I reach for is my phone. Then I give God the left over 20 (sometimes 5 )minutes. So I’m going to follow this comment thread to get insights on setting boundaries and keeping them in their place. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. It gave me something to think about as I climb into bed tonight. Thank you

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  5. Face says:
    November 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    A friend of ours here who does web design from home (and is, therefore, on the computer all day by necessity) has a ‘no input before 10am’ rule. IE– he *produces* for the first part of the day, instead of being barraged with Tweets and adding more to his list of things to do by checking his email. He says it makes him more productive overall. Genius.

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  6. November 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I’m so glad you are getting some time for peace and rest off the road right now :) I used to watch T.V. on my laptop ALL of the time – you’re right, you just need to shut that thing down, and store it far away from the bed. I listen to lots of music when I need to rest and rejuevenate. (Well, who am I kidding – I listen to it all the time…but you know what I mean :) I wouldn’t normally speak of my own my blog post in the comments, but I literally JUST posted a playlist for worship and meditation…for me, it’s about resting, slowing down and listening…maybe it will help you do the same. Blessings, friend. http://wp.me/p2Dtjv-oD

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  7. November 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so glad you are getting some time for peace and rest off the road right now :) I used to watch T.V. on my laptop ALL of the time – you’re right, you just need to shut that thing down, and store it far away from the bed. I listen to lots of music when I need to rest and rejuevenate. (Well, who am I kidding – I listen to it all the time…but you know what I mean :) I wouldn’t normally speak of my own my blog post in the comments, but I literally JUST posted a playlist for worship and meditation…for me, it’s about resting, slowing down and listening…maybe it will help you do the same. Blessings, friend. (all manner of inspiration.com – songs for worship and meditation. Tried to put the direct link here, but I think your system might think it’s spam…eek)

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  8. November 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Eeek! Sorry for the multiple comments – not so technically saavy..grrr :)

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  9. Tay says:
    November 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve been trying to kick the computer in bed habit too, but it’s hard when you’re living a dorm room and the only other place to sit is your desk. :)

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  10. Amanda says:
    November 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Listen first. I love that.

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  11. Kristen says:
    November 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I just found your blog at (in)courage and love your authentic voice! Also a former teacher of funny and fabulous kiddos before I had my son. Thanks for sharing & looking forward to future posts. The five ways you listed resonate very much with me. The word MARGIN has become a favorite of mine! I try to pray about the priorities that God has for me regarding my time, money, and other resources. Once the key parts of life are in place, it’s time to start hacking and editing the extra baggage to leave as much margin as possible! It creates space to hear God’s voice throughout my days because I don’t have worry congesting the “airwaves.” It’s particularly hard for a gal who loves to cram in as much as possible, often pushing things right to the line. But living this way brings me more peace than all the luxury spas and massages in the world!

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  12. November 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I just like you so much, Annie Downs. This is me too, finding myself a bit scattered and the noise a bit too loud even for my extroverted soul! I just wrote about doing one thing at a time – lessening the multi-tasking so I have room for a little quiet. Totally stealing some of these ideas (yeah, no early morning gym dates here…ahem).

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  13. Larissa says:
    November 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Yeah, I want to get better about not bringing my computer with me to bed. I have read that it can help you get better sleep too, if the last thing you see before you fall asleep isn’t a flickering screen.

    Way to go on getting up early for the gym!

    Thanks for the good reminders!

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