The biggest victory of 2013

In the days before Christmas, I celebrated my biggest victory of the year.

But before you understand the victory, you have to understand the battle.

victory 2013

For all of 2013, my dining room has been lined with boxes full of books, files, craft supplies, photos, and decorative items, and just plain stuff.  They ended up lining the walls after a two year long remodel.

For the better part of two years, I’ve lugged those boxes from room to room, up and down the stairs, into the storage room and back into the house, into the garage and back out.  It got to the point I just couldn’t face them.

So in the fall of 2012, I stacked them neatly against the walls of my dining room until I had the strength to face them.

Life happened.

The boxes sat there.  Every time I looked at them, I felt defeated.  I felt shame.  I hated having anyone into the house because the first thing they saw were those boxes (and the dust bunnies multiplying between the boxes).  I couldn’t even drink my morning coffee without being first confronted by those stupid boxes.

Starting every day being reminded of defeat doesn’t exactly inspire me to do great things.

At Thanksgiving, I committed to host an extended family brunch at our home Christmas morning.  I did so knowing full well that those boxes were sitting where they didn’t belong.  I did so knowing that I would be forced to either clean up the boxes or admit to my mom that I’d failed.

I didn’t fail.

I had my biggest victory of 2013!

to understand the victory you have to understand the battle

Over the course of a few days, I went through each and every box.   I didn’t just move stuff around.  It got dealt with.  Permanently.

It felt so good.

Of all the things I achieved last year, I think it had to be the most liberating feeling of them all.  Until the boxes were gone, I didn’t realize just how much of a weight they were on my heart or how much they were dragging me down.

I’ve been amazed at how much easier it is to stay motivated to keep the house “presentable” now that those silly boxes are gone.  I’ve been delighted at how much cleaner things feel and how much easier it is to sweep a clutter free floor.

Because it was such a huge weight from my life, I wanted to encourage you.

If there’s some big something in your home that drags you down and keeps making you feel defeated, this is a GREAT year to tackle it.  You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make.

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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