By Jenny Jiménez on November 5, 2018

Happy Fall! While I don’t particularly enjoy all the rain we’re getting I absolutely love the beautiful colored trees during this time of year. The fresh air and finally being able to go out without melting.

I figured this is the perfect time to clear out the clutter. Most people associate cleaning with springtime however this is the perfect time to clear out… AND I don’t just mean your home. Your calendar may need some ‘cleansing‘ also. I encourage you to pull out those calendars and agendas and take a closer look at your commitments.

Don’t let clutter rob you of peace and joy. Clear your mind. Start the purge!” – Jennifer Jiménez

This can be a bit overwhelming to tackle so consider the following questions when deciding what to eliminate…

Is this a priority? Was this event on your goals list? Was it important enough to make it on your schedule?

Am I getting some type of fulfillment? People do things for different reasons. We each have organizations and things that are important to us and we feel add value to our lives. Be sure to consider that when deciding whether or not to take on a new project or dedicate your time.

Do I have the time to commit? Don’t just say Yes to every opportunity that presents itself. While we generally get bliss from doing things for and with others, no one will benefit if we are not at our best. Remember your time is one of the most valuable things YOU own.

Am I doing something positive or even charitable? Volunteer work and charity work can help so many others. Make time for helping others but also know when it’s time to say NO.

Did I leave time for other important dates and/or holidays to spend with loved ones? Often people forget to leave time for those closest to them such as kids and loved ones. Don’t risk missing that birthday or special ladies night out.

Can this be rescheduled? Don’t occupy each time slot on your calendar to the point of feeling anxiety and overwhelmed. Some things can be moved to another day. Don’t be afraid to ask to reschedule. They will understand.



“Stop waiting for the ‘perfect’ time to get organized. Take this moment and make some progress.” – Heidi Leonerd


Now that all the heavy lifting is complete you’ll have time for…

Family and Friends Make the most of your time with them. Most of us work or are busy throughout most of the day. Make time, don’t wait for it to happen because it never will. Remember that it’s those little special moments we remember most in life.

Holiday Events Most of us love this time of year. Although it is a very busy time of year, it is also the time of year when most of us get to spend time with those people we hardly see. Whether it’s relatives or long time friends, enjoy the time you spend in fellowship and catch up.

Relaxing and Enjoying home time If you are anything like me, you can be a bit of a hermit during the winter months. This is okay. Keep those pajamas on and binge watch some of those shows you’ve been meaning to catch up on for some time. Treat yourself to some relaxation. You deserve it.

Regrouping before Spring Use this time to take a deep breath and if the cold weather has you trapped at home then take advantage because it may be the only downtime you’ve had in a while or will have for some time. Learn to recognize and grab that opportunity when it presents itself. AND finally…

Goal Setting I know, you probably thought it was all about laziness and relaxation but NOPE! You still need to make time to look ahead to 2019 and jot down a few goals. Whether it’s paying off that credit card (like me) or finishing that linen closet (me again 😦 ) you need to take a few moments to think about what it is that you would like to accomplish in the upcoming months or year. Don’t be afraid to think about this. You don’t need to have an entire list. Perhaps it’s just one goal at a time, but the point is that you are thinking about it and writing it down. Yes, you need to write it down and give yourself a deadline. Studies show that those who write it down are close to 80% more likely to accomplish it.

…I’m not here to judge, just help 🙂 Now enjoy your free time. You’ve earned it!

“Clear clutter. Make space for YOU.” – Magdelena Vendenberg


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By Jenny Jiménez on October 22, 2018

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend.  I know how fast it can go when you’re busy.  Crazy how quickly it got cold right?  I remember complaining about the heat and 24 hours later complaining how cold it was and upset that I had to turn my heat on, LOL… never satisfied I guess.

I wanted to take some time to discuss how I plan.  If you are anything like me then you are always pressed for time.  Seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day and I have found that if I do not plan right then I don’t feel very productive.  It just doesn’t feel like I got anything done.  Do you ever feel like that?

I’m sure you’ve seen posts before on planning but usually those people have two parent households or have help from family members or friends.  I’m giving you my perspective on planning.  It may not work for everyone but remember as a single mom to two kids, I did it all alone.  It was rare that I got help from anyone but after some time I did find a rhythm of doing things that worked for me and so will you.  We’re moms right, hey it’s what we do – we figure things out!

So back to planning, I use a total of three planners and calendars to plan on a regular basis.  I have a planner for my everyday things that I keep with me always (except when I’m out and about on weekends), a large calendar for the family that I keep in my kitchen and another planner that I use for house hold items like bills and such, and that one I keep at home with my office things. 

All Calendars

For my daily planner, I am usually carrying an A5 or a personal size planner.  This past year I used the personal size but with the year ending and I just know I have a ton of projects and things to work on next year so I just ordered my 2019 refills in the A5 size.  I absolutely love the Filofax planner.  It has a band to keep close and for years I had ones with buttons but after using this one with the band, I find that it saves space and it serves as a little holder for me to keep my To Do Lists or anything that I need to mail out – like my water bill 🙂 .


Planner zoomed

Family Calendar

For our family calendar we like to keep events we do together, doctor’s appointments, etc.  This calendar is also used by the kids to write down their work schedule for the week and any sports practices and games.  They also jot down when something is due like clothing money or fundraising due dates.  I get them involved in this one so there’s accountability and in hopes that one day they’ll be more organized.  One can hope, right!  I purchased this calendar at target last year and I’m definitely on the look out for the 2019 to come out, however as you can see by the smudge above, you want to write on it with a permanent marker.  Since the paper is a smooth shiny cardstock, things rub off.  We have tons of colored sharpies so it’s not a big deal, plus I like to write in colors that are used in the flowers that month.  LOL… I know cheesy 🙂 .


Make every minute count.  I’m not saying you have to plan out your entire life but do your best to track and jot down what your day and week will look like.  This will help you stay on top of things especially when the unexpected pops up, like a sick kid.  

Don’t be afraid to move things around.  While it’s good to plan, you cannot plan everything.  As hard as you may try, something will always come up that you did not plan for.  Don’t be discouraged and let this unexpected event throw you off track.  Just move things around.  

Multi-task when appropriate.  Make the most of your time.  While cooking or cleaning up your kitchen and home go ahead and make some phone calls.  Reach out to your friend or relative and just use your earbuds while you are tackling your other errands.  I do this all the time BUT do not recommend this when spending quality time with someone.  In that case, that person should have your undivided attention so they feel valued.   

Stick to your schedule.  As tired as you may be, having and sticking to your schedule is the best way to ensure that you are accomplishing what you need so you make time for more important things.  Did you catch that?  Yes, I said make time.  The time won’t just happened.  You have to make it.   

Ask for help.  It’s okay to ask for help when you need it but remember as the head of your home, you need to find a way to make things work.  Ask for help when necessary but I’m a big believer or planning for the What Ifs.  Don’t just assume that everyone you ask for help will be able to.  Just stay calm and always have a Plan B.  

Avoid over-committing.  Parenting alone can sometimes feel, well lonely. Yup I said it (but you were thinking it 🙂 ).  No one says you have to be alone all the time but watch out for over committing yourself.  This will quickly lead to burn out.  We want to do it all and help where and when we can but we can’t always do that.  Be selective about how you choose to spend your time.  

Write everything down.  You have enough to remember.  The stress of everyday life will take hold of you if you don’t write it down.  Get into a daily habit of writing it down.  A daily brain dump.  You’ll be surprised how great it feels to empty your brain down on paper.  Besides, that’s one less thing on your mind.      

Be realistic.  When jotting down your To Do List be realistic about it.  Do not try to tackle a list of 20 items in one day.  That’s too much for anyone to do.

Don’t feel defeated.  It’s okay if you didn’t get to every item on your To Do List.  While you may be Super Mom, you are still human.  Give yourself a break and don’t beat yourself up over it.  Try and tackle it tomorrow.

Prioritize and Set Goals.  This one is very important.  Since you are parenting alone, you want to take some time regularly, whether it’s weekly or monthly and think about what’s important to you.  Get these things on your schedule.  Make time for them and set deadlines to keep you on track.  While doing this remember to keep positive!  And finally…

Make time for YOU.  Do not forget to make time for yourself.  This could be time to pray, meditate, exercise, self care or anything you like but you NEED TO make time for you.  Often as single mothers we put everyone else’s needs above our own and that’s okay to an extent but we have to make ourselves a priority also.  When we make time for self love, we are building the necessary foundation so we can be the proper leaders that our children need us to be.

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Now get planning!


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