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How to Actually Accomplish Things #4: The Importance of De-Cluttering

Life and Growth

Want to get a quick picture of the state of your life? Look your living space(s). Is it clean and neat and organized? Or is it a mess with clothes, books, and random bits of paper strung everywhere? Would an outsider be able to tell exactly where you’ve been in your car? Or do you regularly throw away the McDonald’s wrappers? I believe that cleaning out your living space is also a way of cleaning out your heart and mind. It puts you in a position to focus on your work, feel at peace, and hear the ideas in your mind and the messages that God wants to give you more clearly....

Craft FAIL: My Lopsided Chunky Hat


If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this disaster, it’s this: Never again will I refuse to count my stitches. Actually, maybe I’ve learned a second thing: The time to test your crochet freestyle skills is NOT when you’re using an unfamiliar yarn. I hubristically thought that my crochet skills were good enough that I no longer needed a pattern for simple projects. “It’s just a hat,” I told myself haughtily. “And not even a hat in the round. This is the cheat way to make a hat – all I have to do is just make a really fat rectangle and tie it together at one end. Even a beginner can do...