Friday Chats

As you're reading this, I'm heading to brunch with two of my best pals from high school. It's insane to think how long it's been since we've been in the same room together (I think it was Katie's wedding in 2013!) and even more insane to think how long we've been friends (Sarah since 1996 and Katie since 1999). Literally since the last century. Before either of them even had their first kiss and now they're married with kids. It's comforting to have friends that long and to know that even if we can't see each other and don't talk daily, we can still meet for breakfast and laugh like no time has passed at all. I have deep love and appreciation for them both.

Okay sappiness aside, how was your week? Mine was wildly productive. John was at the firehouse 4 out of the last 6 days, and I get so much done while he's there. It helps that the house is empty and quiet, yes, but it's also easier to have a workflow when it's not interrupted by prepping meals and laundry. So whenever he works those 2 days in a row, I use the 48 hours to batch all my content for podcasting. Recording weeks in advance, scheduling Etsy listings, taking photos and videos, writing tons of posts for patreon, I get it all done and out of my life so I don't have to think about it for the next two months. I also used the time to get a ton of housework done both here and at my mom's house. Love checking stuff off the to do list!

Links I Love:

The Every Damn Day List. I really love the idea of having your own every damn day list - a list of a few small things that you do every single day that will make your life slightly better and easier, no matter what else happens that day. Because we all have days that can feel like a total wash where we got nothing done. But it's still a win if you get your every damn day list done! I love the examples she gives for how to pick what makes your list. What would be on yours? Mine includes clearing the kitchen sink, drinking 6 cups of water, and checking my bank account on the app. Plus a couple other things.

Sautéed vegetables. Easy and delicious is always up my alley, and there's a ton of veggies out at farmers markets right now. If you struggle to get enough vegetables into your day, I highly recommend trying this. Especially if you're so over salad. (Same.)

20 organization ideas you can tackle in 5 minutes or less. Now I don't think all of these are 5 minute tasks, especially if you've been putting them off and letting the clutter build, but they are really simple and great places to start. If you only have 5 minutes a day to organize, you could make serious headway in making your home a simpler place to live. You may not get the pantry totally finished in those 5 minutes, but 5 minutes a day for a week or two? You'll get there! Which one are you going to tackle today? The clear out your TV recordings is calling to me for sure, John never deletes a thing and it's overwhelming!

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