When our youngest son was diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2014, my whole world was changed. Every drop of my time and energy became focused on him and his needs. I was stressed, worried, and exhausted. Our house began to fall apart.
It has taken some time, but our little family has learned how to manage his illness. Slowly life has become a new kind of normal. He is doing well, and gets good reports from his doctors.
One day I was walking through our home, and I realized how I had let it slip. It was a mess. I knew I had to do something about it – for my family and for myself. I had no idea where to even start. I tried to clean everything all at once, and got overwhelmed and burnt out. I prayed for help.
I knew I had to do my part and that I could not give up. I went on pinterest, and started “pinning” organizational ideas. None of them seemed to be quite what I needed. Until I found a pin about flylady! I started taking babysteps. I keep my sink shining. I get up ready to face whatever the day brings in my lace up shoes! I keep working on good habits. My control journal is my friend. If I start to get overwhelmed, I take a little break. My routines are giving me a sense of peace, but I am not a slave to them. I am so glad you taught me that I do not have to be perfect. I did not realize I could FLY!
The other morning I was tired from being up several times during the night with my son. I got up late , and just threw on some old clothes (no shoes). I sat down to waste the day, it was awful. But I could not stand it! The force of the habits I’ve been learning from you got me up, dressed, hair and make-up done, and my lace up shoes on– I could not believe how much better I felt! I was ready to get to work! I was so glad I did when my husband came home and told me how pretty I looked, and how much he likes what I have been doing ( with me and the house). My sons have noticed and love the changes, too!
So thank you and hugs from my heart, Flylady, for all your wisdom and encouragement. May God richly bless you
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