Welcome to 31 Days of Living Inside Out

In the last few years I have found myself in a funk when it comes to blogging. Life just happens and I don't post. I thought this 31 Day Challenge would be something that just might help me out of my rut. We'll see what happens...with that said....

Welcome to my blog and to my 31 Days series. One thing I find is that it is so easy to begin living from the outside in...meaning the things, events, people, expectations, technology, etc... around us begin to define us (or so we think they do). We begin to allow those things to have control over our identity, our moods, our worth, and our value. Instead of just "being" we are tricked in to always "doing" and defining ourselves by the "doing". I don't want to live there. I want to get back to "being". I believe that in just "being", in living from the inside out, the outside will begin to look different, even if nothing out there changes. One of my favorite people coined this phrase: "Heart Condition, Mindset, Lifestyle"...if we get the first two figured out (which are both inward), the third (outward) will fall in to place. 

Some days this might be "spiritual", some days practical...I don't really know what it will look like, but I hope it looks like encouragement, hope, and something you can take and ponder. You may not agree with everything I say; I'm not asking you to, just be willing to take time for you, take time to think, to not be afraid to ask yourself questions. Sometimes we think certain ways, believe certain ways, do certain things because "that's the way it's always been". I want to think outside the box, live outside the box. Boxes are not very exciting inside (when they are empty). So I hope you journey with me. If I'm the only one, then I've still accomplished my goal...getting out of my funk and journeying in to just "being". 

Now, who am I? I am a mom (we have two daughters 18 and 15), a wife (we have been married 22 years next week) a daughter, a friend and whatever else I decide I want to be. We live in the beautiful State of Washington, almost as south as you can get. Last summer I went back to work part time after being a stay at home mom for 17 years...that is a bit where my funk began...I quit taking time to blog. My job is great because it's flexible and close to home, but I still miss always being home. My hat goes off to working moms. Our life is busy with working, trying to finish building our home (if you have time you can read my posts on that journey), living at the soccer field and trying to find time to just be together as a family. My blog: mainly our life and recipes, started originally as a creative outlet and a way to keep family updated on life (until I discovered Facebook). Now it's mostly recipes with a little life thrown in. Hopefully I can remedy that and be more consistent. 

Below you will find links each day to the daily posts (and hopefully I've done this right...lol. I also decided to create a "page" on my home page for easy access as well. Hopefully it all works.

 31 Days of......... Living Inside Out:

Day 2: Scarcity vs. Sufficiency

Day 3: You are More

Day 4: You are Enough

Day 5: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Day 6: Social Media

Day 7: Ooops..I forgot to write a post

Day 8: Being Optimistic

Day 9: My Favorite Books

Day 10: You are Excellent

Day 11: Don't Take Yourself Seriously

Day 12: Me Time

Day 13: Ooops...no post...daughter hijacked computer

Day 14-18...nope, no posts again...sorry

Day 19: It's okay to have a rough week

Day 20: Gearing up for the Holidays

Day 21: Holiday Expectations, Part 1

Day 22: Got distracted, didn't finish post

Day 23: Holiday Expectations, Part 2

Day 24: Give yourself Permission

With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. You have a beautiful family and seem to have found a happy medium, satisfying your needs for creativity and the practical needs of your family. I am still at the stay at home mum stage, striving to find my happy medium and balance.xx

  2. Kristin - I'm so glad you stopped by to visit my blog. There are so many great topics on 31 Days and yours was not one I'd visited yet. I enjoyed reading your four days so far and I think your topic is great.

    The issue of working is a hard one. I work full-time in a very demanding field and have done so since my daughter was 6 weeks old. It's very, very hard to fit everything into life even with a part-time job!

    Keep in mind though that part of your frustration is trying to find new routines that work for you. That doesn't happen quickly. You can get adjusted to this, but it will be different.


  3. You have a beautiful family. I know you are a few steps ahead of me in this motherhood thing, but I am always open to advice and wisdom from women that have been in my shoes! I look forward to following along.


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