Why small success? Because that’s the only kind I know! Even the big ones come in small steps. Here’s my paltry offering for the week:
- Reduced the email clutter – I got our email inbox on our home computer down from more than 11,000 emails to under 400. You read that right – 11,000! And that’s an inbox I tended to daily, deleting spam and various other messages and filtering others into appropriate folders. It took a couple of weeks of daily devotion, but I did it. I plan to maintain the comparatively low number of messages by regularly purging.
- The semiannual clothes switch – I’m more than halfway through switching the kids’ clothes to the appropriate season and size. I still have to do inventory and make a shopping list for the older kids, but the two youngest now have access to long pants and long sleeves. Which means, of course, the day after said switch, Indian Summer arrived, and temperatures soared into the 80s. Regardless of temperature, the switch did solve the five-year-old’s chronic case of plumber’s crack.
- Creating some consistency in my prayer life – I’ve been struggling with maintaining any type of interior prayer life for years. Outside of prayers before meals and family prayers at bedtime, I’ve been hit or miss with any type of prayer other than the spontaneous-type that arises according to circumstances. However, with my Pray: the Catholic novena app, the family rosary that came home from school, a concerted effort to pray The Morning Offering, and Divine Mercy for Moms, I feel more connected to God and my faith than I have for a long time.
- Delicious dinner – I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants a lot for dinner lately, which doesn’t always work out so well. Last night’s dinner, however, was delicious, if I do say so myself. Sweet Italian sausage, baked acorn squash, broccoli and cauliflower straight from the farm, and fresh applesauce from the orchard. It tasted like fall!
- Book launch – I successfully got my new book, Ornamental Graces, launched. This counts as a large success, but it was made up of many small ones: navigating formatting, cover design, and Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing for the first time along with many, many other tasks.
That’s all I’ve got. Celebrate more small successes over at CatholicMom.com.
Have you had any small successes this week?