Organization, And The Power Of The To-Do List

Organization is something some people have mastered, and some people, well don’t. I’m an in-betweener. Once Mr. B. starts calling, texting, or my favorite, e-mailing me with a laundry list of things to do, I quickly revert to my Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead line. “I’m right on top of that, honey!” Only to realize a week later, that e-mail he sent still sits in my inbox unopened and unfulfilled. Eek! (Eagerly holds hands out for Wife Of The Year trophy!)

I believe I might be a little ADD, or ADHD, or OCD, or all the ends in D words that mean you have a hard time concentrating on one task at a time, or you just get fixated on one freaking thing, and you can’t move on. (Raises hand.) Guilty.  It’s a flipping miracle I’ve completed one manuscript much less seven now, (really ten if you count the ones the public will probably never see), but who’s counting, right?

Wait, what was I talking about?

Oh! Organization. Yes, and the power of the To-Do list. Untitled design-11If you’re like me, busy with children, and a husband, and a big hairy dog, and editors e-mailing you telling you to get your butt in gear, then you might need the power and the help of a To-Do list. Even if you’re not like me, start writing a To-Do list. Every night before you go to bed, jot down all the stuff you know you need to get done the next day. List them in order from top priority to not so top priority, and then let it go. Breathe, and focus on reading a good book before you go to sleep because you don’t have to remember everything anymore.

If you want to put it in your phone, that’s great. But, know, there is something therapeutic about taking pen/pencil to paper and writing down your To-Do’s, then when one is accomplished, taking that same writing utensil and marking it out. I mean really get in there and scribble it out real good. Take that you stupid three weeks of ironing!  But, keep in mind, you actually have to do the task before you can scribble it out. I know, bummer of all bummers, right?

You can do it. I believe in you!

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Thirty Thursday

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August is my birthday month, and as I’m gearing up to turn 31, I’ve started to reflect back on the past year. There are a few things I’ve learned this past year.

1.) I’m no more famous now than I was a year ago. Darn.

2.) Hydration is actually very important. Water is good for your body and skin. Don’t underestimate the power of water.

3.) Kids really do grow very fast, and time seems to go even faster. Cherish the small moments.

4.) If something is on my mind, it’s best I stop whatever I’m doing and complete the task I’m thinking about. No matter my good intentions, it will NOT get done later.

5.) Don’t underestimate the power of the wand and the wonders it can do for your self-esteem. A little lipstick/lipgloss and mascara are powerful mood lifters. One little swipe is all you need to boost your appearance and attitude.

6.) Grudges are silly.

7.) Friends are imperative.

8.) My husband will never read my mind. It’s best I just spell it (whatever “it” is) our for him.

9.) Exercise and myself will always have a love/hate relationship.

10.) And the last and probably most important piece of knowledge I’ve gained over the past year, no matter how often or how many times a day I clean my house-as long as little people live with me, my home will always looked lived in. Thank God!

Erin6Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes dreaming of the day when something better would come her way.

Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.

That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time. She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance.

There’s No Place Like Home

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My little family (not so little really) decided to take en extended weekend to Fort Worth over the 4th of July holiday. My daughter had been asking for over a month to go to Dallas and visit family, so we conceded. Seeing as how we weren’t going to take a vacation this year, we decided our extended weekend would be our vacation.

We filled the kids days with play time, park time, and the zoo. We took a small train around Fort Worth for the kids to enjoy. Nap times were interrupted and often much shorter than normal. Going to bed times were pushed back much later from their normal 7:30 to a time around 10. A few days of this and three children, and you can only imagine the temper tantrums that ensued. And by the time my daughter split her head open on my parent’s coffee table the day before we were set to leave and was rushed to the emergency room, I decided I’d had enough of “vacation”.

There really is no place like home.

Vacations, trips in general are great and fun, but often times I feel I need a vacation from the vacation. A day or two to decompress before my world starts up again. Am I the only one? Probably not.

So, I have come up with a few ideas for those of you who would rather “stay-cation” with your family. If you have little ones, this may be the way you want to go.

  1. Museums- Often many larger cities have children’s museums. If not a children’s museum, visit an art museum or a science museum. I understand not everyone lives in a town with a large museum. Check around, maybe your town has a small museum that tells about the town history. Kids love anything different.
  2. Water Parks- Not into water parks, that’s okay. I’m not either. See if your town has a splash pad. Most are free to the public. No splash pad? Turn on the sprinkler. Kids love those too.
  3. Zoo-What kid doesn’t love the zoo? One location that houses animals from all over the world. You’ve traveled the world in one afternoon, and didn’t have to pay the expensive airfare or endure jet lag to do it. You can’t beat that.
  4. Parks- My sons always want to go to the park. They can spend hours sliding the same slide over and over. It’s great exercise, a great way for them to get their Vitamin D, and best of all free for me. Just don’t forget the sunblock.
  5. None of these things in your area? That’s okay. Grab some cardboard boxes, some pool noodles, and some tape and make an obstacle course. This is where Pinterest becomes your best friend! There are endless ideas for outdoor activities, and all it takes is a little planning. Your kids will love helping you plan the fun.
  6. And last but not least, while you may still be at home and not on a “real” vacation, mix yourself up something fruity and spirited (or not, but that would just be silly!), and sit back and relax. Drink some coffee or tea. Read a book. Take a few days off, even a week, and enjoy saving your money from such an overpriced time of year and just be.

 

Erin6Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes dreaming of the day when something better would come her way.

Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.

That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in her inbox was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time. She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance.

Get Moving! By Erin Bevan

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She looks like she is having entirely too much fun doing that, doesn’t she? Yeah, I thought so, too!

If the calendar hasn’t clued you in, or the fact that kids are out of school, then maybe the rising temperatures have. Summer is here. Eek! And for some of us that like to wear more layers than not, the middle of the year months can be a bit, well, warm.

Don’t have your bikini body yet? Yeah, well, neither do I, but have no fear. Exercise routines are here! If you plan on taking a vacation at the end of the summer, I may have something to help you feel more confident in your lack of layers. If you are taking a vacation tomorrow and you still aren’t donning your bikini bod, well, be proud of what God gave you!

Why should you exercise, other than for that hot bod? Exercise is proven to boost your mood (doesn’t the picture prove that?), boost energy, promote better sleep, and dare I say improve your romp in the sheets.

If you have a gym membership, here is a free 12-week AWESOME program. Jamie Eason is the most badest, bestest thing to hit the health and fitness industry ever. My personal opinion, obviously. Live Fit Trainer will have you looking and feeling great in 12 weeks.

Don’t have a gym membership? That’s okay. Grab a couple of dumbbells and try this one on for size. Bodybuilding.com has mastered the workout from the beginner to the advanced. I don’t work for them, but I love that website so much, maybe I should.

Have a great day everyone and get moving!

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Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes dreaming of the day when something better would come her way.

Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.

That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in her inbox was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time. She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance.