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Jennifer at Epworth
  • 49, Female
  • Fishers, IN
  • United States

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What does a Rummage Sale, "The Dump" in Porta Vallarta, a friend, and leaky pipe have in common?

What does a Rummage Sale, "The Dump" in Porta Vallarta, a friend, and leaky pipe have in common?

Meant to be... the timing and theme of this book are so in tune with my current existence, it is impossible to ignore the implications. I bought 3 copies: one for me, one for a friend, and one for my church library.

The Rummage Sale & "The Dump": I am one of the Coordinators for a Rummage Sale at our church in April. The proceeds from the sale sponsor youth missions, including the youth group's mission trip planned for June. This year our Senior High Youth Group is going to the popular tourist destination Porta Vallarta, Mexico to work with the population of residents that make their living and livelihood from "The Dump" containing the discards of vacationers and residents of this vibrant city. As I've been trying to think of ways to excite our Church membership and community to support the sale and mission trip, this book leaped into my awareness. This book is a perfect partner for our sale, and a godsend for me!

Leaky pipe: Two years ago, my family moved to a new house. It was a great time for sorting and downsizing. But without knowing what the new house would need, we still kept a significant amount of clutter. As we set up the new house, we left the majority of possessions in boxes in the garage and basement. The plan was to slowly go through every box and add only the things we needed, loved, and valued. This January a pipe burst and flooded our basement and garage, now my house is full of those very same boxes, virtually untouched from the move!

Lastly, my friend: My friend and I have struggled together for years to learn to let go of possessions. This past year we both turned 40. At her 40th celebration her fortune cookie read "That which you cannot give away, you don't possess, it possesses you." With this book, this is our year!

Jennifer at Epworth's Blog

Delightfully Unemployed

Yes, since Friday. And that is really how I feel!

Page xxi in the Introduction, Gail shares a story about a woman who ended an 11 year relationship when she realized that it was holding her back and weighing her down. I loved the story, but I didn't feel the resonance in my own life. My response was "Good for her!" I realize I was like the frog swimming in a lovely stainless steel pond. Unbeknownst to the frog and me the flame had been ignited under the kettle. Just like the frog, I… Continue

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 8:30am

My Constant Companion

This week has been particularly onerous; professional work subsumed everything. Sometimes in life there are tasks, people, etc. that jealously require/demand undivided attention. My needs and wants went on a back burner, which has become a reoccurring theme in my life. But, for the first time I fought to keep a vision actively and consciously present. I wanted to return to, and resume, my vision of serenity that only de-cluttering can provide. My touchstone throughout this professional (and the… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2009 at 8:10pm

Spring Cleaning

The children were gathered at the front examining an array of spray bottles. "What are these for?" asked Mrs. G. "Cleaning!" they all piped up. "And what time of year is it?" asked Mrs. G. "SPRING!" they exclaimed. "Yes, there are some people who use this time of year to clean, organize, and staighten their homes to make things anew." "What else is going on at this time of year in the church calendar?" "Lent." said J. (Gotta love J !) "What do these bottles and Lent have in common?"… Continue

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

I felt a whine coming on...

Yes, it was only day 2 when I felt the whine first coming on...

But, I'm working 6+ days a week, I'm not going to be home until after 8:30 pm this evening, surely missing one day...

I'm sure this has never happened to you.

I made a deal with myself, the goal was one sock drawer before bedtime. That one task led into emptying all of my drawers in the bedroom (and the hope-chest) last night. By bedtime I had a bag of trash, a bag to donate, and a bag of rags.

You… Continue

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

End of Day 1, Exhausted but Optimistic

Maybe I should have picked a smaller task, like the sock drawer... But the vision of actually finding things sustained me. It was incredibly difficult to toss those first few extremely tangled (or broken) chains; and these were the cheep stuff! The jewelry box had become a "catch all." I found a Christmas ornament, baby silverware, & a stain glass window medallion; the most unusual item was a buffalo tooth gained through a Girl Scout Swap exchange dating back to my years in middle… Continue

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 11:54pm

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