Livin' the richie life - Catching up

Things have slowed down a bit for me in the sugar cookie world.  It seems that God knows when to bring the business and when to give me a much needed break.  Between orders and watching Oliver and Maggie, I don't get much else done around here. So, when things slow down, I get the chance to switch gears and tackle some other things that are on my never-ending to-do list. 

A few weeks ago we decided to start going through our excess belongings in hopes to sell or donate all that we no longer need, use, or want.  What a job!  You know the saying that a bigger house just means more space to put your junk?  It's totally true!  Although we love the space that this home provides; 3 garages, 2 attics, and a shed truly have become junk storage. 

Anyway, our plan is still to move south (I know, wasn't that forever ago and hasn't that idea passed?)  Yes, it started a few years back and no, it hasn't passed.  It seems to be taking forever to move forward even a little bit and I'm learning how to trust the process.  I really am not a process/journey kind of girl.  I just want to snap my fingers and have what I want.  But I know that it doesn't work that way.  I also know that God has a purpose for the journey so I'll submit myself to His way, it's much better than mine.   So we are doing what we can now to prepare for the big move, starting with getting rid of the junk.  Do we love it?  Need it?  Does it deserve space in a moving truck?  Do we really want to move it 900+ miles?  If the answer to all of those is NO, then it goes! 

Needless to say, our living room is still full of things that didn't sell and we are still waiting for a handful of items to be picked up.  The profit will go directly back into the house and finishing the projects that need attention so that we can put the house on the market. 

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It looks a little better than this now, but trust me, it's still pretty full.  They say things always get worse before they get better right?  I'm ready for better!  Trust the process, right?  Ugh!  My hubby took a week of vacation time to work on the next project room, our sun room. It looked like this and years ago had carpet but that's been gone for a long time.

This has always been my favorite room in the house.  All of the windows, those cedar shingles on the ceiling, the slant of the roof......such a neat space.  Over the past two years we've been changing out the warmer tones in our home to brighten things up a bit.  This is the last space to make-over.  Several months ago, on a whim, I decided that it was time for all of the paneling and shingles to come down.  God bless my man, as much as he hates it, he goes along with my crazy ideas.  He ripped it all down and we've been waiting for the chance to get it finished.  And by "we", I mean "I've" been waiting for "him" to get it finished. 

Oh the mess of a renovation.  There's such a love/hate relationship with it, isn't there?  Again, I'm reminded to trust and embrace the process and that things get messier before they get better.  The mess is temporary and it gets us one step closer to our B I G move to Montgomery!

In other news, we were hit with the stomach bug a few weeks ago.  It took less than one week to get through all six of us. Some had it worse than others. There was lots of napping and Netflix!  Sometimes, for me, sickness is the only time that I rest.  Although I've been learning the importance of taking care of myself on the daily. 

source:  Pinterest

source:  Pinterest

I've been taking a little bit of time here and there just for me.  One of my favorite things to do is doodle.  Yep, doodle.  Nothing fancy, I just like to peruse Pinterest for easy images to try out and to find new ideas.  I love working on my lettering skills too.  Thanks to my Passion Planner, I have a place to do that.  Before, I would just doodle on random pieces of paper, I always hated to throw them away but it seemed crazy to keep a stack of scrap paper full of doodles and words.  Now it's all in one place and I don't have to throw them away or have several different notebooks lying around.

I've been keeping my diabetes in check and had to move my check up appointment back a few times.  In September when I was diagnosed I weighed 244.8 pounds.  Today I am at 223!  I've not done as well as I had hoped but I'm still doing better than I was before.  I am still eating well but have allowed myself to cheat more times than I care to admit.  I didn't make it through the 30 day 15 minute workout challenge and exercise is still on my list of healthy habits to incorporate.  I used to beat myself up for "quitting", or not following through.  I don't do that anymore.  I walk in grace and just do better the next time (whenever that is).  I'm hoping to do "Just Dance" a few times a week. I love dancing more than "exercising" so it's a great way to get moving!  Plus if I can get my girls to do it with me, it counts as "girl time"!! 

I'm also planning on blogging more often.  I'd like to keep you up to date on "Livin' the Richie Life", my search for the best chocolate chip cookies, and, of course, "Gatherings"!  If you are ever interested in being featured in the Gatherings section, please email me at howsweetcookies@yahoo.com!  It's a nice way to highlight an event and/or person that you are celebrating. 

Tell me:  How do you keep active?  What things do you do to take care of yourself?  What are some of your self-care goals?  What things would you like to see here?  I'd love to hear from you!