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Austin and I have made it a priority to make sure we spend time together as a family and as a couple. It requires a certain flow around the house to make that happen. Without some form of routine in the day- however loose it may be, making time together would be impossible if we didn’t do certain things every day.
When Momma Gets Stressed- It’s Bad News For Everyone
I don’t get stressed out easily, so when I do, it’s just bad news. I’m not sure that anyone handles stress very well. Since I’m such a laid back person, when I feel stressed, I end up yelling at everyone around me and it completely affects my marriage.
When I’m not at ease, it keeps me from having the time to spend with my family. I get so focused on trying to catch up, that it really affects my ability to enjoy the time we are together. Instead, I see the time we spend together as an intrusion that is keeping me from getting important things done.
Routines Set You Up For Success
By having a bit of routine in place, it keeps me from stressing out as much, because things get done. If I start feeling too behind, it does cause me to panic more than I want to admit. That is why it is so important that we have these specific things in place that we do everyday.
Implementing routines individually, as a couple, and as a family can really eliminate stress. When you know exactly what needs to be accomplished every day so that you can spend more time as a couple and family, it takes a lot of pressure off.
Big Changes Means Re-Evaluating
If you didn’t know, Austin and I homeschooled the kids up until last year. We sent them to school, because of major life changes that took place. Austin made a career change and I started freelance writing more.
As my business grew and Austin was trying to get settled into his new roles, we struggled to focus enough attention on my boys’ education.
This coming fall, we are bringing them home from public school. It has not been an easy decision given the fact that we are going to have to completely re-work the way we do things. In fact, I’m kind of dreading how much we are going to have to change things around.
Make Over Your Evenings Course
The biggest reason that I bought the Make Over Your Evenings course from Crystal Paine over at Money Saving Mom, is to get some real tips that will help us create routines that work.
Crystal and her husband Jesse are in very similar positions to us. They homeschool their three children and both work from home. While Austin does not work at home 100% of the time, he spends a lot of work hours here at the house doing his job. Also, I will be homeschooling all three of my boys next year, all of which are close in age to the Paine’s children.
As a work from home mom and homeschool mom, it is a lot to juggle, and I’m not really doing that good at it. I know that Crystal and Jesse have made a whole lot of changes in their lives over the last few years that have helped them to create a more balanced life. It has taken them a lot of work, but they go over these processes in their course.
I know that what they have to say will really help Austin and I to develop the necessary routines we will have to have in order to keep from killing each other starting this fall. It is a lot to do all of these different things in our life, but it is really important to me that we take all of these different responsibilities and do them well for the sake of our marriage.
What is Covered in the Course
This is a 14 day online course that has videos for every day and a full book that comes with worksheets.
Crystal will go over things such as:
- Figuring out the why behind what you want to accomplish
- Coming up with what your ideal night would look like
- Incorporating calendar issues
- Knowing your own flaws
- Coming up with to-do lists that are priorities
- Address your thought life
- so much more!
Crystal is really great at giving step by step guides on how to come up with a plan that works for you. She knows that not everyone is the same and that we all have different needs.
As I go through the course, I will give you some updates as to what I’ve changed and how it’s helped me. I have done Crystal’s Make Over Your Year course and really loved what she put together.
If you want to check out their ecourse, be sure to go to Make Over Your Evenings.