Debt keeps you from living. I realized this one dark night, far from home. It was about 1:00am, and I lay on a bed in a hotel room in Las Vegas, sobbing my eyes out. My husband, next to me, had tried to console me, but he didn’t understand the depth of my pain. See, it was the fall of… Read More
Making a Home is making a life
Homemaking sounds like an old-fashioned notion, doesn't it?
Maybe it's because of the way it was used to label a woman's profession, which then became seen as a term for a lack of profession. "No, she doesn't work, she's a homemaker." Of course, no one discredits the fact that homemaking is indeed work, but I think we all--both men and women--take for granted the importance of the task.
Homemaking, Making a Home, is indeed, the very essence of creating a life of comfort, productivity, and joy.
Everyone requires a home. The basic tasks of home--cleaning, organizing, decorating, finances, shopping, cooking, laundry--are handled is the core of the functionality and feel of a dwelling.
To put it bluntly:
Nothing works right when home doesn't work well.
If you want success in your career, your home-based business, your life, your family, you must make proactive, intentional choices about the way you manage these tasks.
My ultimate goal at Gathering Joy is to help homemakers achieve graceful goodness in the basic tasks so they can chase their dreams of growing a business or earning money from home and claim their joy of fellowship and fun with their family.
Let's get that laundry sorted, shall we?
You’ve Got to Have a Dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true? –Rodgers and Hammerstein, South Pacific There’s nothing like the magic of a dream coming true. Everyone loves a Cinderella story. Everyone loves seeing the longed-for dream come to fruition. On the other hand, there’s nothing quite like the misery of… Read More
Flashback, Fall 2013: I was a stay-at-home mom with 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and a husband… and a mortgage, a student loan, and a massive amount of credit card debt. My husband’s salary had finally grown to cover our living expenses, but we were still drowning in debt with no paddle. Too many years had gone by with this… Read More
When I was about 19 and in college, my mom and I were chatting on the phone one day when she told me about this amazing book she had been reading called Harry Potter. “It’s a children’s novel, but you would enjoy it. I like it!” She sent me a copy. Amused at the whimsy of an adult woman… Read More
This easy, special weekend breakfast recipe goes by a lot of different names. Even in my own house, where it is frequently baked, we don’t know what to call it! Hootenanny? Oven Pancake? Dutch Baby? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and this confection, no matter what you call it, is always easy and always… Read More
I bet you didn’t think you could bring hygge to homeschool! We love this concept of cozy-content-togetherness and thought it seemed like the perfect theme for our school days so we set about figuring out… How to Make A Cozy, Hygge Homeschool Room First, I have to be completely honest. After taking a break for the holidays, our schoolroom was a… Read More