Like Forest Gump explained so many years ago, life really is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
This week, I didn't get what I hoped for. I'm still trying to figure out what happened. I don't know if I had too many things to do, or if I didn't organize my time and my to-dos well. Although I got a lot done, I didn't complete all I needed and wanted to accomplish.
Ever since summer ended and school started, I've felt like I'm trying to catch up and like it's not going to happen any time soon. Honestly, I feel like my life's chocolates are melting, and I'm not enjoying them as much as I'd like to.
It's kind of ironic. Me needing help organizing my time and my life. You see, it fits perfectly with my Friday Give-Away, and I wasn't even trying to drop hints. Today's give-away is all about getting organized by making the most of the time and tasks God has given each of us!
Karen recently shared with me why she wrote this book:
Even though organizing my "stuff" and managing my time came pretty naturally for me, I was completely thrown for a loop when I became a mom. It is one thing to get all your ducks in a row. It is quite another to keep them that way when you have a family. Just as soon as you line them up, along comes one of your kiddos (or your hubby!) knocking them all down again!
I wrote this book to walk alongside other women, helping them to understand their unique situation--their season of life, the stage of their kids, their personality type--all of those components that go into finding an organizing style that "fits" them. Then from there, I help them set the bar where they want it set.
Karen, what is unique about your book?
I don't offer a one–size–fits–all method because I'm convinced we all view success in organizing differently. One gal may HATE a junk drawer with an assortment of items tossed in. Another thinks such a drawer is a staple of life. The second gal might really be driven nuts by dust, but not by clutter such as unfolded, clean laundry. On the other hand, her friend might not mind a thin layer of dust on her furniture but cannot stand having unfolded laundry in view. This book helps gals decide what organization looks like to them and then helps them to get there.
Also, being a women who manages her time well and organizes her home and office isn't an end in itself. It has to be about something more. I like to teach women how to take care of the 'have tos' of life--the cleaning, menu planning, grocery shopping, laundry, errand-running and such, so they can actually get around to the 'want tos' of life---connecting with God, spending time with their husbands and kids, hanging out with that friend or pursuing that passion. This book helps them get there!
What will women gain from reading your book?
Again, the key to good organization is not a one–size–fits–all method. It is a unique plan that considers personality type, lifestyle, income level, and family schedule. I offer a simple step by step process to help women recognize their own personal style of managing their households successfully and develop a unique plan that gives them the freedom to:
- manage their time wisely
- de–clutter and organize their homes
- plan menus, shop more efficiently, and become more comfortable and creative in the kitchen
- get children involved in pursuing an ordered life and home
- avoid the trap of over-commitment
- use practical tools to assist in organization
Getting and staying organized means more time for the important things in family life—concentrating on cultivating a close, personal relationship with the Creator, drawing His word into every aspect of living, and ultimately tying their children’s heartstrings to God.
If you would like to win a copy of "The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized", a $10 Target gift card and a box of chocolates, today's your day!
You can enter to win by clicking on the word "comments" below and let me know your biggest organizational challenge. I'll share mine on Monday with some photos. I'll also be back later to list some other give-aways and links below this post so you can visit and enter to win other Friday Give-aways over the weekend.
If you would like two chances to win, leave a comment and a link to any give-aways you know about that go through the weekend. I'll be back Monday to announce my winner and share my biggest personal organizational challenge.
After you enter to win by leaving your name, email so I can reach you if you win, and your organizational challenge by clicking on the word "comments below, be sure to visit Karen's blog where she's also giving away a copy of her book as well as a $10 Target gift card and some dark chocolates!