The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

to do list old school

Weekly To Do List

I’ve been tweaking my work control systems over the last year, but this week I busted out my daily checklist that I developed back when there were babies in the house. I remember that once upon a time I could get through almost the whole list of “routines”. Why can I not do that now?! I am perplexed. I think I must have made good use of nap times or something, because I’m getting slow in my old age.

I was also hopped up on two Cokes a day and a tablespoon of sugar in my morning coffee.

That’s my problem, clearly a lack of sugar high. Sigh. Anyway, needless to say, this “daily checklist” has really been a guiding principle for the week, not a day. Ha!

This weekend I’m doing a little impromptu freezer cooking. Last night I made three pans of enchiladas, a big pot of red sauce, and two dozen frozen burritos. This morning I made two pans of lasagna and two lawnmower taco. Last up is a tuna noodle casserole.

freezer cooking with sauce in pitcher

Yesterday afternoon as I was puttering in the kitchen, I realized what a huge boost it is for me to do freezer cooking. Sure, it’s practical on a number of fronts, but the act of accomplishing so much at one time really gives me an emotional high.

No sugar required.

I feel like I’ve done something valuable for my family and that seems to give me confidence to go through the month not feeling like a total wreck.

(Needless to say, I suggest you give freezer cooking a shot.)

The One Thing

It’s taking me awhile, but based on recommendations from both Annie Kate and Amy, I’m working through The One Thing by Gary Keller. (That’s an affiliate link*.)

I had an A-ha moment in chapter 9 where he emphasizes the importance of big dreams and goals. I thought back to the two greatest things of last year: selling the Blue House and going to France for a month. Those were big deals! Really big deals! And we did it. Thank God we did it.

I realized that two years ago when we cooked up that France scheme, it was pretty crazy. Some people thought we were nuts, but we really wanted to make it happen. Much blood, sweat, and prayer went into saving the money to do it.

Needless to say, Fish and I are talking up another big dream. A totally crazy dream. I’m excited to dream big again.

From the book:

Don’t fear big. Fear mediocrity. Fear waste. Fear the lack of living to your fullest. When we fear big, we either consciously or subconsciously work against it. We either run toward lesser outcomes and opportunities or we simply run away from the big ones. If courage isn’t the absence of fear, but moving past it, then thinking big isn’t the absence of doubts, but moving past them. Only living big will let you experience your true life and work potential.

I’m taking that and running with it. Don’t be afraid to dream big dreams for your lives, mamas!

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  1. Glad you enjoyed The One Thing, Jessica! I found it inspirational on many levels. Enjoy your big dreams!

    And it’s good to know I’m not the only one who’s weekly to do list mirrors the daily to do list of the past. LOL We must be getting old. But I’m much happier about the things I accomplish now, perhaps because of principles like those in The One Thing.

    Thanks for linking to me.

  2. I was wondering if you reuse your aluminum pans when freezer cooking?

    • I try to. But, sometimes it’s really hard to get off the baked-on cheese. If we’ve soaked and scrubbed and can’t get it clean. I toss. I have some glass pans with lids that I love, but I only have so many.

  3. Jessica, thank you for sharing these thoughts. My husband and I recently got a “no” on something big we requested — a year leave from teaching for me. Now we’re talking and praying about what’s next. Sometimes I’m afraid to dream big because it’s dangerous (will we have enough money??), but when it comes to being home with my precious children, I can’t help but dream that dream! Thanks for the encouragement to live our crazy dreams. This and your “You can do this!” post are messages that give me hope and inspiration. Thank you!

    • If we don’t dream it — and work hard — how can it happen? I was able to get a year off when my first was born and then we took a big leap and I quit all together. It’s hard to take that leap, but I have never regretted it. May God direct your next steps.

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