I am reading an awesome book called “The Fringe Hours” by Jessica Turner.
One of the things that I can be guilty of is using my time poorly. Just piling on all the responsibilities, but not making any time for me and what makes me happy. That is after all why I first created this blog. To Make some Time for Me! Using the fringe hours (usually the time first thing in the morning) to write.
Anyway, I have been WAY better at this in 2018 than I was in 2017, where I really seemed to lose myself. I have made minutes to do yoga, to read, to get my steps in, to write more often, to do devotions. Just a few minutes here and there…that is really all that it takes.
As grown ups, sometimes we have to think about outsourcing responsibilities to find more of those fringe hours. In our household, this means having a lawn service.
I have legitimately been responsible for breaking at least 4 lawnmowers that I can think of in the last 8 years. Seriously! Lawnmowers that were handed down (put working fine before), gas operated and electric, also one brand new lawnmower. Lawnmowers and I DO NOT get along.
Last year when we moved into our new house (knowing full well that our lawnmower DID NOT work) I started becoming very anxious in the spring when it was getting time to trim the grass for the first time. We could invest in a lawnmower, honestly I had already ordered a reel push mower from amazon. That’s right, the one kind of lawnmower I hadn’t tried and it seemed as if I wouldn’t be able to mess that up!!
I was outside working on our patio sometime at the beginning of May when I saw a lawn service at my neighbors house. I was a mess, mud all over my face and I ran out to the front yard and flagged them down. I said…can you cut my lawn today? How much, can I hire you to cut for the season? It costs us $25 a cut, for the front and the backyard. Where Stephanie of 5 years ago would have said…that is money we don’t need to spend. Stephanie of 2017 decided that is worth not having the headache or dealing with a lawnmower.
Man or man was I right. Our lawn always looks great and I don’t ever have to worry if the lawnmower is going to start? Will I break another lawnmower today? Hiring our local lawn service has been a tremendous blessing. Not only do I have a little more time, but I don’t have that weekly stress from April through October any longer.
What do you outsource in order to have a few more minutes for yourself? If nothing, what could you outsource that could be a real blessing for your household?