Top Ten {Tuesday}I have a post coming up at the Tommy Nelson blog this month about my word of the year for 2012, but I’ve actually picked two.

The one you’ll read about at Tommy Nelson is more a word to define the year.

The other word I’ve chosen for this year is something I can – and NEED – to act on ALL. YEAR. LONG.

That word is…


It’s not that I like things to be complicated or cluttered or busy – they just seem to end up that way! But not this year! We’re adding a baby and a doctor to the house and moving to top it all off, so simplicity in any areas of our life will be very welcome!

That’s where I need a little help from two main sources:

1. The hubby. He is all about organization and keeping things streamlined and simple. I’m grateful some of this has rubbed off on me in our 8 1/2 years of marriage, but I still have a long way to go!

2. Tsh from Simple Mom. Between her website, her book Organized Simplicity, and her newest ebook One Bite at a Time, Tsh is whipping me in to shape in the discipline of simplifying!

One Bite at a Time is my main focus right now – 52 projects to make your life simpler. Just one project a week – I can do that, right? After reading through the book, I think I can do it and here is why I’m excited about it…

Top Ten Reasons to Love One Bite at a Time

1. The pace. One project a week is not too bad, but you can really take each project at your own speed. One project may take you a day while another takes a few weeks – no worries as long as you keep going!

2. The variety. This book covers simplifying & organizing your money and space and time and mind and so much more!

3. The practical tips. You won’t be left figuring out how to finish these projects on your own!

4. The quote that inspired it all: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

5. The emphasis on forming good habits. Yes, there is a checklist involved, but many of these projects can be the catalyst to important lifelong habits. Morning and evening routines are the ones I need to work on the most.

6. The involvement of the whole family. Meetings with your spouse, dates with your kids, family cleaning – this ebook is about simplifying life for everyone in your household!

7. The intentionality. There are reasons behind doing each of these projects and that intentionality will help you keep focused as you work through the book. {I almost picked “intentional” as my word fo the year – I love it.}

8. The lists of resources. It’s not necessary for every project, but many of the projects have an extensive list of other places to find help for that project – websites, blog posts, books, and so on!

9. The connection between projects. These projects are not completely independent of each other. In fact, the whole book is working together to simplify your life. At the beginning of the book, the projects are categorized to help you see how they work together. In addition, within several projects, you will see another project mentioned that will help you with the one you’re on! It’s like teamwork!

10. The very first project listed: “Eat Your Frog.” This may be my biggest obstacle to overcome – I tend to put off that hard stuff and then it gets left behind. “Eating your frog” is starting your day with the hardest or least fun task on your to-do list. Everything after that won’t seem so bad and you’ll feel great having that task done!

So that’s where I’m starting. Today, I will eat a frog. And maybe you’ll join me?!

Let me share a few fun details with you…

*One Bite at a Time is regularly priced at just $5. Through January 10th, you can get $1 off when you use the code HAPPYNEWYEAR at checkout!

*Jeannett from Life Rearranged will be writing a monthly One Bite at a Time post on Simple Mom, encouraging community and accountability as she works through various projects from the e-book. You’ll be able to join in with comments, share how your projects went that month, or to link to your own blog with results from completed projects!

*You can win your very own copy of One Bite at a Time here and now! Just leave a comment telling me one area of your life you most need to simplify! Leave your comment before midnight CST TONIGHT {Tuesday, January 3} to be entered to win!

One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email Wednesday!

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Winner has been notified by email!***

Will you join me in simplifying in 2012?!

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