52 Bites for 2012

by Kari on January 6, 2012

Beauty. Order. Simplicity. Calm. Peace. Joy. 

These are the things I want my home to be.  How? Primarily by letting God work those things into me first and foremost and then it will naturally characterize our home. But there’s practical steps as well, right? If the laundry’s piled up to the ceiling it doesn’t matter how calm and peaceful I am — we need a better plan for clean undies. And when we want to make changes, and need to “eat an elephant” so to speak, what’s the best way?

One bite at a time.

Insert, once again, Tsh Oxenreider. I recently bought her e-book, One Bite at a Time, with 52 simple projects for enhancing the beauty, order, and simple organization in our homes and lives.

So I thought it’d be fun, on Fridays, to simply tackle one bite each week … together.

I’ll share the project, a bit of her simple how-to, and what it looks like for me. You can follow along, do it your own way, do a different project of your own, or ignore me altogether. I reserve the right to do the same.


*Note: We won’t go through the book’s order, but I’ll share each week’s bite based on the season, etc. You can also purchase the e-book yourself for $5 here. The fun part is doing this together, a little accountability and encouragement goes a long way!

Ready?  Bite 1 is easy since we’re already been doing some New Year pondering:

1. Set Annual Goals

Tsh says, “The thing that makes a goal a goal is that it has a concrete, doable plan with logical steps. After all, as Dave Ramsey says, “A goal without a plan is just a dream.”

Need a place to start? She has some great Questions for Developing Goals, several of you have asked about these. I’ve already shared my goals and whispered requests for grace here. Your turn!

{Would you be willing to share with us a few of your own goals for 2012? We’d be so blessed if you’d share! And now, I promise, no more talk of resolutions … I’ve had my fill as well. :) Thanks for reading.} 




{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Gretchen January 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I am aiming to write more letters. Since I wrote zero letters in 2011, it will be tough to fail here ;-) I know how much I like getting good old fashioned hand-written notes from loved ones. So I decided I would take the initiative and fill up my friends’ mailboxes (not their inboxes!). The day after I made this resolution, the Sunday service specifically mentioned letting people know you love them by actually reaching out to them (not just following them on FB and clicking “like” now and then!). Confirmation: check =)


Kari January 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Gretchen, I LOVE this. (I might copy you…) I too think that hand-written letters are a treasure in our cyber-society. I started recently stocking up on stamps (a small step, but a start!) so that at least I don’t have excuses for not sending a note. Thanks so much for sharing this, great idea!


Caila Murphy January 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

This is excellent, Kari! I’m going to buy the ebook (need SO much help in this area and Tsh has already changed my life!). I’m looking forward to Fridays!


Kari January 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Yay! You will love it, Caila. I’d really love if you’d “track with me” and do this together…the accountability piece and “togetherness” helps so much. I’m counting on you, ok? :)


Jenn @ Beautiful Calling January 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Oh, I think I am going to purchase this book. I enjoy her blog and your statement of beauty, order, simplicity resonated with me! Here’s to 2012!!


Kari January 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Yay! So glad you’ll join us! Will you please comment along the way to remind me you’re there…the “togetherness” and accountability helps so much! Excited to do this with you!


Jessica Chesbrough January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for sharing this! I have had Tsh’s e-book bookmarked for weeks and this was the extra encouragement I needed to finally buy it!
Excited to learn alongside you!


Kari January 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

Yay! Oh Jess I would love if you’d do this with us. Like I told the other girls, the “togetherness” part of it helps so much. Without the accountability I would never do it, but I really do think we’ll be blessed. Thanks girl!


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