It’s time for another round of introductions as this little community continues to grow. I’d love to hear from you about who you are and why you are here. Here’s a little intro to me:
- I’m Amy Julia. It’s a double name, which is a bit unwieldy and hard to explain and yet I’ve never been willing to shorten it to Amy. Some people call me AJ, which I like just fine.
I am a total sucker for lifehacks. I love things that make tasks simpler or easier. (Like my Intuition razor, for example. Love.) One recent lifehack that has made a big difference is to plan everything about the upcoming week on Friday and then set aside Monday as a day to get really important things done. No meetings on Monday. No planning on Monday. Just reading and writing and thinking.
Parenting teenagers is my favorite stage so far. I struggled (a lot) in the early years. Yes, they were super cute. But I was a mess. Now I still get to be their mom, but I also get to curl up on the bed with them and watch a show I like (Down for Love with Penny, Only Murders in the Building with William) or listen with them to books that I enjoy (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Fever 1793, both with Marilee).
We moved two times this summer, and we have one more move to go. (My husband got a new job, which comes with a lovely house, but the house is not ready for us yet.) It’s unsettling. But it has also pushed me towards rhythms of life that aren’t dependent upon having a predictable and known physical space.
On that last point, I just listened to a podcast conversation with Ann Voskamp. She offers six different practices for grounding herself in the truth and love of God. I have not yet tried all six! But I am really grateful for three questions she shared from the pages of the Bible as a way to pay attention to my life: Who do you say God is today? Where is your soul and where is it heading? And, as Jesus asked, What do you want?
So, how about you:
What are your favorite lifehacks?
What are the things that bring you back to a place of peace?
What questions are you asking that help you pay attention to the things that matter most?
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