I’ve always longed for—no, craved—order. As a child, I floundered without structure. As a teen, I had systems for my systems to get myself organized, but I couldn’t maintain them—my stuff ended up piled everywhere and I kept losing track of my responsibilities. As I grew older, I diligently made intricate lists to keep myself focused, but struggled to manage them.
Then I had children.
The stuff multiplied. My time shrank. My lists kept getting lost and rewritten. Stress and exhaustion seeped out of every pore, and I felt dry. I was desperately praying, so where was the Water who promised me I’d never thirst if I drank from His cup?
Is that where you are? Are you overwhelmed, unsure of even where to start but desperate for a change? Do you long to have time for the things you love and value, but are so busy you never seem to get to them? Does the amount of stuff in your home oppress you? Are you desperate for spiritual nourishment, but the rest of your life gets in the way? Do you just want to feel in control again, to feel a sense of peace and contentment?
I was there, in your shoes.
I see you. Better yet, God sees you. And now we can walk together, out of those old shoes and into new ones that lead you straight to Him.
I write posts about minimalism, how it intersects with Christianity, and how you can use it to shape the life you’ve been hoping for. I’ll teach you how to pinpoint your values, remove the excess, and better focus on what really matters to you.
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A few extra facts about me:
- I was born in 1985, fifteen days past my due date. My poor mother.
- As my birth indicates, I’ve been a perfectionist procrastinator from the start and have been battling it my entire life.
- I am the third out of four generations in my family who have lived in Tokyo, Japan, even though we are all Caucasian Americans—my grandparents, my parents, my husband and I, and then my kids (who were born there). I’ve lived a total of 22 years in Japan so far. I’m currently living in Texas, USA, for the first time.
- My grandparents were and my parents are long-term missionaries. My husband and I worked at a missionary kid school for six years.
- I speak English and Japanese. I used to also be fluent in SEE (sign language), but I’ve gotten rather rusty.
- I’m a huge fan of shelter blogs and interior design. It’s like playing with a life-size dollhouse.
- I’m a voracious reader. I particularly love self-help books and YA fantasy novels.
- I can’t stand coffee. I prefer Japanese teas (sencha and hōjicha are my favorites). I drink a whole pot of tea nearly every time I write.
- I suffer from chronic random forgetfulness. I probably have ADHD, but that wasn’t a thing girls were diagnosed with in Japan during the ’90s.
- There is not enough willpower in the world to keep me from eating chocolate. Treats are never safe in my presence.