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balanced life, be present, contentment, kids, living for real, parenting / 12.08.2017

I’m counting minutes until the oven timer dings. Fourteen down. Six to go. The smell of fresh cinnamon rolls floods the house.   Earlier this month, we vacationed in Illinois with our family friends. Jill casually made cinnamon rolls for breakfast one morning (okay, they weren’t ready until lunchtime, but it was vacation, so…). I don’t do things like that. We eat cereal, bagels, eggs, whatever is easiest. Occasionally someone in the house will whip up pancakes (the “just add water” kind), but that’s as elaborate as it gets for...

balanced life, guest post, kids, living for real / 22.06.2017

How do you balance pursuing a dream with the reality of earning money and/or raising children? If you have personal insight or ideas or a story of success or failure and would like to be a guest on my blog, send me your story. You can reach me on social media or through the contact page on this site. I'll be in touch!   My friend Carissa works fulltime and writes fiction for kids in her spare time. Here is what one of her recent evenings looked like!   Guest post by...

balanced life, heart, kids, life is good, living for real, love, marriage, perspective, prayer, run, suicide, thirst / 08.06.2017

I’m drained and exhausted. Tedious tasks scream to be tackled. Nothing is wrong. Nothing is really wrong. But the world around me is demanding my attention and time. And my attention is feeble. My energy and focus are depleted. I try to center myself, to embrace my mess. The segments of my day, the chunks of time, crumble. I try to sweep up bits and minutes for use, but scraps are all that are left. I walk away from the mess beaten.   Yesterday was my twentieth wedding anniversary. Going...

balanced life, be present, freedom, kids, parenting, real life / 12.04.2017

  Hello. My name is JJ and I am a skimmer. I read newspaper headlines and captions. I flip through the Bible, rarely stopping to read more than a verse at a time. I read the first few entries of devotional books and then skim the rest. I bookmark professional articles but don’t return to them. I repeatedly make lists of who and what to pray for but rarely follow through in prayer.   My kids ask me questions and I don’t answer. I ask them questions and don’t remember what...

anxiety, balanced life, depression, living for real, real life, self care, writing life / 23.02.2017

  As a writer with anxiety and depression, my work days usually fall into one of two categories: Extremely productive with lots of happy checkmarks on my to-do list or completely void of anything worth mentioning. Rarely do I come to the end of a day and look back at it as being “okay” or “not bad.” I’m either on top of a mountain with hands raised in victory or in the corner of a dank dungeon rocking back and forth. Nothing is ever in the middle for me....