CAUTION: Taking this journey of curating excess to bless others will be difficult.

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Continuing our theme of transparency, this week was crazy for me. When I start a new series on GTR, every insecurity I have comes at me and every step forward feels like it’s met by 3 steps back. Work is incredible, but we are growing so fast that my once semi-attainable job responsibilities now feel like mountains pushing down my baby mole-hill. And on top of that, T’s work schedule has resulted in a “Oh hey there, did you have a beard the last time I saw you?” type relationship.

I boo-hooed over these things for a whole day this week. Sometimes life doesn’t feel like a highway you want to ride all night long. Sometimes it’s a meany pants you want to kick in the shins and tell to be nice.¬†Sometimes, it’s just really hard to get out of the selfish little clod mode, no matter how many encouragers you have and even if one of their names is Jesus.

It takes intentionality and hard work to focus on others, make decisions about what is ‘enough’ in our life, and use what we possess to bless others.

So as we take this journey together, remember:

  1. Expect it to be difficult. Fight the urge to be a feverish, little clod of ailments and grievances.
  2. Tweak what we explore to fit you. Your temperament, your family, your life. Your purpose is different than mine or anyone else’s.

I’m so thankful for each of you and that we get to discuss and think about these things together! How was this week for you?

greater #31days of curating & blessing out of excess

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  • Amy G October 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I’ve definitely had weeks like that! My husband’s previous job had 12 hour shifts, and they would work 14 days in a row and then get 7 days off. And they alternated between day shift 14 day blocks and night shift 14 day blocks. So, yeah, I know what you mean! I hope things slow down for you soon!
    This past week was busy for us, but even when Kyle works extra hours at this job, it doesn’t seem too bad because I know I at least get to see him more than I did most weeks a few months ago! We both had a few long days this past week, including one where he had to go back to work for a few hours after he had already come home and changed clothes and we didn’t get to bed until midnight. But we had a short weekend away with my family after all that, which was really nice. We got to relax and hang out with my parents, who live 8 hours away, and my sister, who is in the middle of a busy year at college 3 hours away, and we got to spend time enjoying the beauty of fall in the woods! Even that weekend away to relax and destress was kind of a way of blessing others, though, I think. My parents appreciate seeing us, and us taking time out of schedule to drive and meet them somewhere is a blessing to them, as well as one for us.

    • Caitlin Author October 14, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Yuck! So thankful your husband has a better schedule now. Thank you :) I know they will slow down eventually. I’m trying to do what I can to help with that and not be crazy about keeping our/my schedule packed. What a blessing to get away for a weekend, and your perspective on that blessing others in and of itself is really beautiful, Amy.

  • Iris October 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Hey Caitlin, I wanted to let you know that I’m not continuing a clothing remix challenge this October. While I loved the September challenge and learned a lot from it, I found myself at times spending way too much time on it. I know, I know, it’s really just me. So I’m back to my whole closet but I’m still fasting from clothes. My husband and kids are my focus now. I feel like I’m at a place where clothes aren’t so much an idol in my life. I’m looking forward to this Greater series. Thanks for all the inspiration and encouragement.

    • Caitlin Author October 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Iris- good for you! I am frequently inspired by your careful attention to the correct amount of time things should get. So thankful for you and all your encouragement! Have a great week, friend!

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