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A Peek Into Our Week: Book edits are DONE!, a simple change that’s made a big difference in our homeschooling, a trip to Mississippi, and my #Choose30 challenge update

It was a full but good week this past week.

I finished my book edits and turned them into my editor on Monday… and what sweet relief that was! I didn’t realize how much they’d been hanging over my head until I turned them in and she approved them later in the week.

These were the substantive edits — which means that this was the hardest edit. The next rounds of editing will be more for grammar/typos, etc. Those kinds of edits are much easier to go through than this round where I needed to completely redo a few of the sections!

A Peek Into Our Week

We’ve been loving the new addition of Morning Time to our homeschooling. You can head over here to see a video I posted of our Morning Time on Tuesday. And you can read a little more about Morning Time here.

On Wednesday, we had our usual morning routine and then I ended up having back-to-back meetings all afternoon and then Jesse, Brian (one of my business managers), and I met with a potential new hire that evening at our house. So it made for a long day, but it was productive and worth it.

I spent Thursday afternoon getting ready for our first Say Goodbye to Survival Mode event on Friday while the girls had a play date at a friend’s house. I decided to completely revamped one of my talks for it — which is always a time-consuming, but rewarding task.

Earlier in the week, I had felt like I had zero creative ideas for this presentation. I knew what I wanted to communicate, I just couldn’t figure out how to effectively communicate it. So I’m so grateful that it all came together on Wednesday and Thursday and it will definitely be a talk I’ll be tweaking and re-sharing again and again.


I left on Friday morning to fly to Mississippi for the event. We were thrilled that over 140 people showed up for our first ever Say Goodbye to Survival Mode event — especially because the church that hosted it was in the tiny town of Purvis, MS!

{There are a number of other churches and groups very interested in hosting a similar event in other areas of the country, so stayed tuned for more details on where our next event will be held. I’d love to get to meet you there!}

The women in Purvis were amazing! So warm, friendly, gracious, and welcoming. I was incredible blessed and encouraged to be there. Thank you, all, for having me!

A Peek Into Our Week

While I was gone, Jesse took the kids to Movie Night at our church on Friday night. They were supposed to wear PJ’s and had all sorts of fun kid-friendly things and yummy snacks. The kids had fun at the photo booth, as you can tell. 🙂

Jesse surprised me by cleaning out the garage, taking a bunch of stuff to Goodwill and completely reorganizing it today. The garage had been the one part of our house that had been neglected pretty much ever since we moved in here. It felt amazing to come home to a spic-and-span garage!

I arrived home late this afternoon and we spent the rest of the day just hanging out, catching up on the events of the past day, and having a Family Movie Night tonight. And now we’re looking forward to a restful Sunday to refresh and recharge for the coming week.

My #Choose30 Challenge Update

I told you earlier this week that my #Choose30 Goal was to get up and exercise, shower, get dressed, and read my Bible first thing every morning. For those of you who have to get up really early to leave for work, this might seem like an easy-peasy thing to do. But for me, since I work on my own time schedule and don’t have to clock in at a certain time and can dress however I want to, committing to get up, exercise/shower/dress/read my Bible first thing takes some effort and discipline.

I’m happy to report that, so far, I’ve been really committed to this goal this week. I’ve slipped up a tiny little bit and gotten a little distracted here and there, but only for a few minutes and then I’ve gotten back on task.

And I’ve noticed a big difference in making this change. Not only do I seem to get more done every day, but I feel better about myself and feel more energetic since I’m starting the day off with exercise, making myself look presentable, and quiet time to read and pray. Yay!

How was YOUR week this past week? Anything interesting or eventful happen?

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  • Emily says:

    I like your #choose30 goal. I stay home with my girls & can relate. I’m a tad better at the getting dressed for the day and have considered forcing myself to do it for a few weeks to make a habit of it. Maybe I need to make my own #choose30 goal!

    The singing video is super sweet! I love the happiness & vigor!

    My week? I have been blogging for a few months & finally was brave enough to tell my family. It’s much different writing when I know people close to me are reading!!

  • I was so happy to finally get some backend things done on my blog. I love doing the writing, but had other things I was neglecting. Plus I made a couple of DIY projects I had been wanting to try out.

  • Tammy C says:

    I had my gallbladder out on Thursday. On the mend now.

  • Cari says:

    Congrats on the first Good-bye to Survival Mode event! Hoping you’ll be scheduled nearby. I probably should do your challenge also, but just can’t bring myself to it yet:)

    • Jo says:

      Ha! I totally get that fear and trepidation… I was right there with you waffling over whether I should jump and do the challenge or not. I’m now 8 days in and have followed through with it every. single. day — and it feels SO good and has made a big difference!

  • Emily O. says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to come down to the great state of Mississippi this weekend! It was such a pleasure to listen to you speak. We made the drive from Starkville that afternoon. Thank you for being so open with us. It was a wonderful experience.

  • Tshanina | Thrifty T's Treasures says:

    How exciting that Jesse cleaned out the garage. Much like you, I’m also a girl that loves to have a clean and organized home – although it doesn’t always stay that way! 🙂

    This week I was able to implement a new look on my blog. I did the work myself so I’m super excited to have that project completed!

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