Cultivating A Joyful Life | Spending Our Time Wisely

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Spending Our Time Wisely

My favorite time of day is the early evening. That’s when I get to spend time relaxing in my room after eating dinner with my family. Don’t get me wrong; I love eating dinner with everyone, but clean-up takes a while, since there are six people eating, haha! Anyway, once I’ve finished helping in the kitchen and I get to retreat to my room, I enjoy browsing my phone, reading a good book, or working on something on the laptop.

Sometimes, however, these evenings aren’t as productive or enjoyable as I’d like them to be.

It can be hard to relax when there are so many things I’d enjoy doing, to the point where I can’t decide on just one. Switching back and forth between these things works out sometimes, but more often than not, I get much less done than I would have liked, because I did a small amount … of everything.

Do you ever feel like you have too many things filling your free time?

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 I have a post to share with you today that is very relevant to my life, haha! For this part of my Cultivating A Joyful Life series, I will be talking about, as the title suggests, spending our time wisely. We all have hobbies, interests, and activities we love doing, and when we attempt to do too many at once, it can be hard to accomplish what we set out to do.

I have found that dedicating large amounts of time to one thing at a time, instead of dividing an hour or so up among five activities, gets much more done and feels better than the variety. Sometimes, it depends on the day, or the activities themselves, but I’ve noticed how this occurs again and again in many situations for me. Basing what I focus on depending on my mood and inspiration usually helps me, unless I want to accomplish too many tasks at once.

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How do you regularly spend your free time? Do you feel satisfied with what you’ve done afterward? Or do you feel like me – uncertain if how you’re spending your time is really worth it? I have so many things I love pursuing when I’m able to that I struggle to decide which ones I should do, for how long, and when. Let’s figure out how we can spend our free time wisely in today’s post! Before we go on to the rest of this post, however, I’d like to share how this topic, just like the rest in this series, deeply relates to the garden of our hearts.

To properly care for a garden, whether that’s a real or metaphorical one, you must evenly divide your attention among all of the plants. Some need more care than others, but as a whole, they all require sunlight, good soil, water, and enough individual space to flourish. If, at some point, there are so many plants that the caretaker struggles to evenly care for all the plantlife, it’s quite possible that some will get more than they need, and others will be left behind. Balancing our priorities is a very important aspect of our lives.

Cultivating A Joyful Life |
Spending Our Time Wisely

The funny thing about my hobbies and interests is that at any given time, I am extremely occupied, or very bored. This is because I either have one or two hobbies, or so many that I’ve lost count. I’m quite finicky with hobbies this way, to the point that I have too much time on my hands, or not enough. For the majority of 2017, I have had many pursuits, from language-learning to blogging, to piano-playing to story-writing, and learning to balance these things has taught me a lot.

If you are interested in figuring out how to prioritize more wisely like I am, check out the list below!

1. Write down two lists: one for your hobbies/interests, and another for things required of you. You could include all of the main things, or break them down into sub-categories. For example, if “blogging” was on your interests list, you could also add what that activity consists of, like “writing posts,” “reading posts,” “browsing Reader,” etc.

2. Number the hobbies/interests list by how much those things mean to you right now. I really need to make a list like this, too. Whether you number them in order of your enjoyment of those activities, or by how important they are in the grand scheme of things (i.e. learning Spanish or playing the piano will last longer than a blog post I could work on, lol), it’s totally up to you. 🙂

3. Make sure that you’re completing the things on your important list before moving on to what’s on your interest list. I live by the saying “work before play,” except for in the case of simply needing a mental break. I feel much more relaxed and apt to participate in my favorite activities after I have completed all of the things required of me. At this time in my life, that’s usually schoolwork, helping around the house, and being with my family. While I wouldn’t say that the latter one is ‘required’ of me, it is definitely something essential in my life. 🙂

4. Consider dropping the hobbies that are last to be numbered. There may be a reason they’re not high on your list of favorite things to do. If this is the case, maybe you aren’t as interested in it as you thought you were, or you could simply need a break. Definitely take that into consideration!

5. Work your free time around these lists. I wouldn’t advise practicing this strictly, as that could put unneeded pressure on yourself to spend your time one certain way. However, I know that with writing and numbering my hobbies and interests, and by choosing which I’d prefer to do in what order any given day, it would give me much more peace of mind. It is very satisfying when you know you’re getting things that you love to do done!


Thank you so much for reading, guys! This post has really helped me. I’m working on balancing what hobbies I participate in and when at this time in my life, and this addition to Cultivating A Joyful Life is a reflection of that. I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU manage your time?

Missions Monday – Part Six | Being Prepared For Missions

Missions Monday – Part Six | Being Prepared For Missions

Hello everyone! I hope that you’re doing well. 🙂 ❤ I have Part Six of my Missions Monday series to share with you today! Last week, I shared what it’s like to trust in the Lord when it comes to a future in missions, and on this post, I’ll cover being prepared for missions.

Waiting on the Lord’s timing with Guatemala through this whole year has taught me much, and I am happy to share some of my tips with you today.

I hope you enjoy!


Tips For Spiritually / Emotionally
Preparing For Missions

At the moment, I can’t give any tips on preparing for mission trips in a literal sense, as I haven’t been on one yet. However, I did find an awesome website a while ago that has articles on this topic, if that’s what you’re interested in! Click here to check that out. 🙂

Today, I will be talking about the preparation of mind and spirit when it comes to missions. I’m drawing from my own experience, as well as articles I’ve read on the subject.

My first tip for you is to pray about missions. Whether the Lord has already placed this calling on your heart, or you think you’d like to serve Him on the mission field one day, bring it before Him and leaving it in His hands is an important and crucial part of preparing. If I wasn’t able to talk to Him about different things I’m considering or wondering about with Guatemala, I don’t know what I’d do. Knowing He’s always there to listen is a beautiful blessing. 🙂 ❤

My second tip is to read the Bible. Many people in the Bible were on a very similar mission: to go out into the world and tell others about Him. It might have been within their own town, or they were writing to people miles and miles away. Whatever the Lord has placed on your heart, I know how much of an encouragement it is to me to read about biblical figures who went through much the same thing I am right now: waiting in faith and following His plan for my life.

My third tip is to expect the unexpected. I have gotten into a mindset a few times of viewing the mission trip I will one day go on as being a fully amazing experience. While I don’t doubt this to be true, this perfect vision is unrealistic, as people aren’t perfect, and conditions aren’t always just right, and situations always turn out differently than we expect them to. Viewing future trips as a beautiful way to serve the Lord and the opportunity to be a blessing to others is important to keep in mind. Expect the unexpected.

My last tip is to trust that the Lord will get you there. If missions are on your heart, leaving that desire in His hands is truly the best thing you can do. It has helped me immensely to have faith that He will work everything out, and in the meantime, I am happily trusting Him and learning Spanish while I wait. ❤ ❤ ❤


Thank you so much for reading! I hope and pray that these tips could be an encouragement to you. (:

Let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU spiritually prepare?

December Photography Challenge || Week One

December Photography Challenge || Week One

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. ❤ I am very happy to share with you the first photography challenge I’ve ever participated in! My lovely blogging friend, Gracie, started this and invited all of her followers to join in. Go check out the photos she’s shared so far here!

I’ve decided to post my photos from every day each Sunday in December, as that will make it much easier for me to participate. Since there’s a photo prompt for every day of December, I’ve taken two photos so far. Let’s see what they are!

Day 1 – Something Red

Our family’s tree skirt! I really like this one. We got it last year, I think, and it’s so pretty and festive. Very picture-worthy! (And I loved finding a way to make all the lines straight; I love symmetry in photos.)

Day 2 – A Wreath

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that this is the only Christmas wreath we have in our house right now, hahaha! I do like it – it’s a craft I made when I was five – but it’s pretty minuscule when juxtaposed to gorgeous nature-y wreaths made of real pine boughs and poinsettias. lol I’ll proudly continue to hang this on my bedroom door, though – it makes me happy (:

Thank you for reading, guys! I’m excited to get to share more photos next weekend. Until next time, I hope you all have a beautiful new week!