429 Getting Over the Shame Of Getting Rid of It Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going when It’s Hard)

429 Getting Over the Shame Of Getting Rid of It Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going when It’s Hard)

Kathi and Cheri Gregory, are back with us today in Part 3 of this series talking about the shame associated with clutter and what we can do about it. Friends, in this series, we’re learning together how to get rid of the three common emotions attached to clutter and keep going even when it’s hard.  Join in to be encouraged and learn about:

  • Why shame is often tied to perfectionism
  • How to get rid of the shame voices in your head
  • What are you allowing to re-criminalize yourself?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overwhelmed

How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity

 

Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships?

Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to:

  • trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life
  • decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite
  • replace fear of the future with peace in the present

You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace.

Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle.

Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.

 

 

Links

The Clutter-Free Home

Learn more about Clutter Free for Life.

Cheri Gregory

Sensitive and Strong

Overwhelmed

 

 

Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: Tell us about something you’ve been wrestling with that you are contemplating getting rid of and the money spent on it is the issue. 

 

 

 

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Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus: the Strength of every tender heart.

Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching.

Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children.

You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.comSensitiveAndStrong.comGritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com

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428 Getting Over the Fear of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard)

428 Getting Over the Fear of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard)

Kathi and her coauthor, Cheri Gregory, are back with us today in Part 2 of this series talking about the guilt those of us who deal with clutter know all too well. Friends, in this series, we’re learning together how to get rid of the fear and guilt and keep going even when it’s hard. Listen in to learn how we can preserve memories in other ways, rather than keeping all the clutter, and learn about:

  • Unpacking these emotions 
  • Normalizing things so the emotions don’t make the decisions for us
  • Finding grace 
  • Finding the familiar 

 

 

 

 

 

Overwhelmed

How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity

 

Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships?

Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to:

  • trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life
  • decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite
  • replace fear of the future with peace in the present

You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace.

Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle.

Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.

 

 

Links

The Clutter-Free Home

Learn more about Clutter Free for Life.

Cheri Gregory

Sensitive and Strong

Overwhelmed

 

 

Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: What is something you’ve gotten rid of OR something that you are contemplating getting rid of that produces a lot of guilt? 

 

 

 

We would love to stay connected.

To share your thoughts:

Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

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Meet Our Guest

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus: the Strength of every tender heart.

Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching.

Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children.

You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.comSensitiveAndStrong.comGritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com

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427 Getting Over the Guilt of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard)

427 Getting Over the Guilt of Getting Rid of It: Why It Feels Impossible to Declutter During a Crisis (And 4 Ways to Keep Going When It’s Hard)

Have you struggled to keep decluttering right side up while the world turned upside down this year? You are not alone, friend. Kathi and coauthor Cheri Gregory are with us today discussing the common emotions when it comes to clutter, why it’s hard to declutter in a crisis, and how to keep going when it’s hard. Listen in to find out:

  • What you can do practically
  • How to respond in a healthy manner
  • How to dispel the fear

 

 

 

 

Overwhelmed

How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity

 

Feeling overwhelmed? Wondering if it’s possible to move from “out of my mind” to “in control” when you’ve got too many projects on your plate and too much mess in your relationships?

Kathi and Cheri want to show you five surprising reasons why you become stressed, why social media solutions don’t often work, and how you can finally create a plan that works for you. As you identify your underlying hurts, uncover hope, and embrace practical healing, you’ll become equipped to:

  • trade the to-do list that controls you for a calendar that allows space in your life
  • decide whose feedback to forget and whose input to invite
  • replace fear of the future with peace in the present

You can simplify and savor your life—guilt-free! Clutter, tasks, and relationships may overwhelm you now, but God can help you overcome with grace.

Kathi and Cheri Gregory, co-author of Overwhelmed, get together for this episode for a little discussion regarding the concepts of being overwhelmed and being clutter-free. So often we find that our clutter overwhelms us and that being overwhelmed contributes to our clutter. It can be a vicious cycle.

Kathi and Cheri discuss five steps to keep from getting overwhelmed as you declutter your home, your heart, and your life. Order your copy of Overwhelmed here.

 

 

Links

The Clutter-Free Home

Learn more about Clutter Free for Life.

Cheri Gregory

Sensitive and Strong

Overwhelmed

Catan Board Game

 

 

Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of both Overwhelmed and The Clutter-Free Home, answer this question in the comments below: What is something you’ve gotten rid of that you never thought you could OR something that you are contemplating getting rid of that’s hard? 

 

 

 

We would love to stay connected.

To share your thoughts:

Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.

Subscribe on iTunes or subscribe to our newsletter now.

Meet Our Guest

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory

Cheri Gregory delights in helping women draw closer to Jesus: the Strength of every tender heart.

Cheri is the co-author of four books, co-host of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast, co-leader of the Sensitive and Strong Community Café, and founder of Write Beside You communicator coaching.

Cheri and her college sweetheart, Daniel, have been married for 32 years and live in California near their two adult children.

You can connect with Cheri at CheriGregory.com, SensitiveAndStrong.com, GritNGraceThePodcast.com, and WriteBesideYou.com

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#416 DeClutter to Stress Less & Lower Anxiety: The Power of Today

#416 DeClutter to Stress Less & Lower Anxiety: The Power of Today

Kathi and her dear friend Bonnie Gray, author of Whispers of Rest, are here to help lift us out of stress and anxiety, especially through the tough times we have recently been facing in close quarters. If you are in a place where you know that getting rid of some clutter would really help you but are overwhelmed by depression or anxiety, these actionable steps will really help you. Join in, friend, and learn how to invest in yourself and take care of the you that God created you to be!

In this episode you will learn about:

  • Three actionable steps Bonnie Gray took to get rid of the clutter during depression and anxiety
  • Why soul care is so important in overcoming clutter and anxiety
  • Bite-size decluttering
  • The power of today

 

 

 

Clutter-Free Home

Are you longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home: Making Room for Your Life is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home.

In The Clutter-Free Home, you’ll walk through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.

Pre-order your copy of The Clutter-Free Home on Amazon today.

 

Links

 

Whispers of Rest Giveaway

Win a copy of Whispers of Rest by answering this question in the comments: What is a specific way you would like to invest in yourself and take care of the you that God has created you to be?

Finding Spiritual Whitespace

Bonnie Gray

Declutter Anxiety Devotional

Bonnie’s Hoarding Story

Learn more about Clutter Free for Life.

 

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Bonnie Gray

Bonnie Gray

BONNIE GRAY is an inspiring speaker, soul care mentor and author of Whispers of Rest, empowering women to stress less and lead a more peaceful, beautiful life as God’s beloved. Bonnie writes for (in)courage and hosts her popular podcast Coffee Break For Your Soul, encouraging women to take practical steps to restore God’s peace in daily life. Connect with Bonnie on Instagram and her website thebonniegray.com

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Episode #308: God’s Plan for You- Embracing the Girl Who Loves the Hustle

Episode #308: God’s Plan for You- Embracing the Girl Who Loves the Hustle

Do you ever feel guilty for loving what you do (work, ministry, volunteering)?  Dose the lingering feeling of “My_________ (relationship with God, my husband, my kids,) should be enough” haunt you as you do what you love?

If you have experienced these feelings in the past (or are right now!) you won’t want to miss today’s interview with Crystal Stein, author of Holy Hustle. She is the expert on the guilt-free hustle. I know this is a problem for me and my friends, and many of my listeners – we love our families, but we long for more. Well Crystal is going to give us the inside scoop on hour to put the Holy in your Hustle and not feel guilty about wanting to accomplish great things outside of your family.

In this jam-packed interview, you will learn how to:

  •  balance work with holy rest
  • bring your family along for the adventure
  • stop feeling the guilt of the world’s (and your own) expectations

I’m thrilled to have Crystal on the show – so buckle up those kiddos, grab your phone and let’s dive in.

HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!

Want to be entered to win the Harvest House Holy Hustle On the Go Kit? Head over to the blog and enter to win!

 

 

 

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Special thanks to Crystal Stein for joining me this week. Until next time!

Meet Our Guest

Crystal Stine

Crystal Stine

Crystal is a coffee-loving self-proclaimed “digital missionary” who loves creating a space where faith and friendship come together. She started her blog as a private site where she could journal, post thoughts from her day. In 2009, God put it on her heart to make that blog public and begin using it for His glory. Her passion is to encourage, equip, and inspire women. Learn more at crystalstine.me.
Start Your Day Right: 3 Keys to Creating a Morning Devotional Routine You Will Actually Look Forward to Waking up to Everyday (and an Amazing Giveaway)

Start Your Day Right: 3 Keys to Creating a Morning Devotional Routine You Will Actually Look Forward to Waking up to Everyday (and an Amazing Giveaway)

Start Your Day RightJust like me, you want to start your day right. Right? And for much of the world that involves a green smoothie and some hot yoga.

But for those of us who follow God, you and I know that the best way to start your day right is to spend some quality time  with our creator.

Some things not to do:

  1. Go from zero to 60 Maybe you heard a great sermon at church this weekend that talked about priorities, or were at a retreat that talked about the importance of quite time, good for you! It’s great to be inspired by people who love God and have had a difference made in their lives by spending time with Him. But don’t become so inspired that you try to change everything about your routine – that’s a sure way to think that a morning routine is impossible.

Instead of saying “I’ll spend an hour with God every morning.” How about, “Every day, I will start with a five minutes.” Five minutes every morning is a much better place to start than a 45 minute crash and burn session.

  1. Thinking you can “squeeze it in” When has a morning ever offered up more time magically? When has it taken less time for your kids to get dressed, for your hair to dry, or for you to take the dog for a walk? Morning magic time doesn’t exist (except in Cinderella, but she had all those mice and birds to help her get dressed…)

 

If you want to start your day right, don’t put yourself behind before you even start.

 

  1. Going too deep, too fast So you’ve decided to do your morning devotions and you think the book of Leviticus is a good place to start.

Let’s be a little kinder to ourselves – shall we?

In order to start your day right, find a devotional that will meet you where you are. You can work your way up to Leviticus – it will still be there when you’re ready – promise.

So how do you get yourself together in the morning if you do want to start your day right with time with God, but you are already feeling behind?

Round up Your Tools

What you need to accomplish this is pretty simple:

  1. Your Bible
  2. A devotional book
  3. A journal
  4. Your favorite pen

 

Reserve Time I know it’s hard to do first thing in the morning, but hear me out: When you start to live Clutter Free in every area of your life, including your schedule, it’s amazing what you can prioritize. As you start to put practices in place to make your mornings easier, but the night before being kind to your future self and setting up the coffee, picking out your outfit for the next day, figuring out what is for breakfast, and having your kid’s backpacks and your computer bag packed and by the front door. If you do any of those things the night before, I promise you, you’ve just given yourself a way to start your morning right with at least five minutes with God.

Set the Time I have an alarm on my phone that reminds me it’s time to sit down with God. I know when it is (7:15 AM) but knowing that the alarm is coming helps me do what I need to do so I can actually sit down for my devotions.

Set the Scene One of the ways that I work to anticipate my morning time is to set the scene; my coffee is set up the night before so I can enjoy it while spending time with God. I have my favorite blanket ready on the couch and a Yankee candle and a pack of matches next to me so that I can set my time aside as a little bit of sacred in what I know will be a very busy day.

Read Decide in advance what to read. I tend to either follow a Bible reading plan, or go with a daily devotional that I can read in about five minutes that is accompanied by scripture. Currently, I’m going through Unblinded Faith – Gaining Spiritual Sight Through Believing God’s Word. It’s a 90 day devotional that is set up perfectly for a quick morning read, but with enough spiritual depth that I feel like I’m able to carry the message all day long. Highly recommended.

Reflect (Mediation and Journaling)

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

If all you are able to do to start your day right is read a devotion, then start there. But, if you do it consistently, it won’t be enough.  Eventually, you will want to go – and grow – deeper. That is where refection comes in – meditating and journaling.

I know that for years, I made meditation a much bigger and way more mysterious thing than it needed to be. But meditation is simply the practice of thinking about the scripture you just read, and then giving God the space and silence to speak to you on that scripture or anything else.

So when I’m going through a devotional, I read the chapter, and then go to my bible to read the scripture. Then I spend some time thinking about the scripture I just read, and then ask God to bring anything about that scripture to mind.

Finally, I have a journal where I write down anything I’ve discovered from the scripture or from the devotion that I’ve read. This is also where I can keep track of any prayer requests that come up in the morning or throughout the day.

My journal is simple. I have about a half a sheet per day where I can write things down. There is no elaborate system (those have never worked for me in the past.) This is just something between me and God, for no one else.

At first, creating a daily routine can feel awkward and as if you’ll never make a habit of it – but trust me – if this girl can learn to enjoy and embrace the routine of a daily quite time – I have high hopes for you.

 

In the comments below, tell us one step you can take to start your morning right – let’s all learn from each other!

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