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8 Challenge, Update #2

lori outfitWe’re two weeks into the 8 Challenge! Of course, I’m a bundle of mixed emotions about it…

The good:
1) I’m still loving the forced simplicity.
2) I love not digging through clothes to find something to wear.
3) I have been surprised at my creativity in putting outfits together with just 8 items and some accessories! Each outfit feels special to me.
4) Packing for a quick trip to see my parents earlier this month was easy – it made me smile as I packed my simple wardrobe. My usual stressed-out packing was completely stress-free!  🙂randi outfit
5) It’s a delight to do this challenge with Randi. We have been exchanging emails with funny stories, insights and lessons. She has helped me stick to it!
6) It’s been good for me to purposefully not buy clothing – I didn’t realize how impulsive my clothing purchases tend to be.

The bad:
1) I can’t wait to wear something different! 🙂
2) I am really missing variety and color.
3) I’m afraid that this experiment is going to be the end of these 8 clothing items because I’m wearing them so much – and most of them were items that I purchases used.
4) I’m accident prone and tend to spill food and coffee on myself (and I’m often covered in cat hair)… so, keeping my clothes tidy is a challenge. In the past, I would just quickly change clothes after spilling coffee/soup/sloppy joes on myself, but now I don’t really have that as a sustainable option. Spot cleaning works, but I find that I’m sometimes a little stressed about trying to keep clean.

Here’s a little email pep talk that Randi sent to me the other day after I expressed that I was starting to feel a little bored with my 8 clothing items…

Here’s the upside. It’s not our clothes that makes us who we are. It’s us. Let us shine up those “boring” outfits with a smile and an extra bounce in our steps. We don’t have to spend precious time thinking of what to wear, finding it and putting it back. My bedroom is no longer having my clothes sitting around. Nope, every evening it either goes on the one empty hanger or in the laundry. I don’t have to fight with an overfilled closet. Still appreciating the simplicity. We can do this, almost half way there 🙂 Randi

See?  Isn’t she great?  So thankful to be doing this challenge with a friend!  How about you?  Are you joining us?  What’s your good/bad list about this 8 Challenge?

(BTW – I’ve been posting my outfits each day on my Facebook page. Check it out if you’re interested. I created a photo album there called 8 Challenge with all of the outfits.)

 

Midday blog: Objets de la foi

Why is it when the French say something, it just seems so much more expressive, colorful, rich? Objets de la foi (ohb-JZAY de la FWAH) in French means objects of faith. Have you ever noticed how many faith objects you have around your home? I did a quick inventory of mine:

msRing

msResurectionmsInquire

msBeStill

msRing2msGrace

msCross

msBlessings

msWinter

 

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Across the top you’ll see the “worry ring” I got in Door County years ago. My daughter, Kelly, got  one too. They help us remember not to worry as we pick at those beads! (Matthew 6:34). To the right of that is a painting called “resurrection.” A modern take that reminds me that Christ’s resurrection is as powerful today as it was when it happened in a Middle Eastern garden thousands of years ago. Then there’s a Mary Engelbreit  quip “inquire within,” reminding me to reach out and stay connected with my husband, Dave, and myself – what is going on inside of me that I need to connect to or need to connect to God about? Next, you’ll see the snow scene/engraving that Josh, our Midday engineer, helped me to make at Beacon of Hope bookstore in Springfield, OH, when we were there for a Midday event in 2012. I love the scene and sentiment. Then there’s the ring I bought in Fullerton, CA at Gilding The Lilly over Christmas. It’s a vintage spiritual reminder piece.  Next are reminders of living in grace and God’s gift of grace – Jesus bridging the gap between us and God on a cross. Some are from friends, some from trips and some our family made on vacations from outdoor media. The Blessings book isn’t written in nearly enough but has wonderful recollections in it from our family’s early years. The “Winter – a white calming renewal” reminds me to submit to God’s seasonal work in my soul. And…my husband carries a cross in his pocket. “I put it out on my desk during the day and it visually reminds me to bring Christ into the hours of my day.”

So how about you? What are the objets de la foi  that draw you to God and are found in your jewelry box, on your walls, your workspace, your car, in your pocket?   How do they draw you to God?

Melinda SchmidtMelinda Schmidt is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a Broadcasting/Bible degree from Calvary Bible College. She has served with Moody Radio since 1980 in various hosting capacities. Married with two young adult children, Melinda lives outside Chicago, loves reading, developing her creative interests and hopes to be a life-long learner. To learn more about Melinda, her speaking schedule and her blog please visit her website.

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