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If Your Life Had Categories What Would They Be?

I just read this wonderful book Happy Housewives by Darla Shine and it’s truly made me feel excited to be a housewife/homemaker, so much so that I’m even thinking of writing the author to tell her how blessed I feel to have read her book πŸ™‚

One of the things it’s prompted me to do was check out homemaking blogs & magazines to get ideas on how to make homemaking fun. Curiously though, I only related to a few items while quickly dismissing the rest. A question slowly articulated in my head:Β if your life was a blog, what categories would it have?

Let me be the first to answer πŸ™‚

Since I was staring at one of those homemaking blogs, I found it easier to start with what categories it will likelyΒ notΒ have:


I’ll never have a category on parenting. If ever it will, it will never contain advice because I am a forever-student on this topic.

I won’t have a category on intimacy with your spouse because well, that’s just too intimate to put under a microscope.

I am not homeschooling and have no plans to.

I am just not the slightest bit interested in the science of stain removal, the proper care & maintenance of clothes & linens, nor in the effective eradication of mold & mildew.

I don’t like to analyze what I cook. If it’s edible and my charges are eating it to satisfaction then I’ve hit the goal. Next!

I do like to tidy, organize and decorate but I don’t generally find these topics interesting enough to talk about in detail.

I have never needed anything more elaborate than a pen and paper for keeping track of things.

Special Note:Β  I do understand that this is just one side of being a SAHM/homemaker and that there are as many variants of being a SAHM as there are, well, SAHMs.

So then what would my categories be …?

Well …


I am interested in personal management, the ability to regulate thoughts and feelings, to harness the amazing power of the brain to become a better version of me.

Ageing well as it relates to staying fit, remaining curious about life, and being socially engaged.

Knitting and crochet (you know I had to have these in there. LOL!).Β  And maybe soon macrame πŸ˜€


So what a weird blog post this is πŸ˜€ I started out saying the Happy Housewives book made me so happy only to end with the idea that I chose to focus on different things!

I guess I just wanted to clarify what truly floats my boat and, of course, ask you that question so you could have fun thinking up your own answers πŸ™‚ And please, share them in the comments section. You know how much I love getting your comments and how much less isolated that makes me feel ❀

Have a beautiful weekend y’all!!


14 thoughts on “If Your Life Had Categories What Would They Be?”

  1. My categories would be:
    * Pavlov’s dogs, because I am a creature of habit and tend to like a schedule that doesn’t change
    * Notes & Imperfections, which would be introspection and self-examination
    * outside issues, where I share articles/posts/links that interest me
    * WTF Just Happened?, because I’m often left scratching my head and wondering how did this absurdity become my life

    This was fun!πŸ˜™

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  2. First – FYI, I love your posts! I agree with your “won’t do’s” and also your “will do” especially in regard to knit/crochet. I am a Yarnie and proud of it – but I also do embroidery, paper crafting (origami and cards mostly), beading/jewelry making, and of course our 3+ acres of gardens (I call it a “hobby” because we do not usually sell any of the stuff we grow – at least not yet.). I do have 2 blogs that I do because I enjoy writing “Helberg farm stories” about childhood memories from our farm in Wisconsin, as well as our current small farm here in Colorado. (We is my sister and myself – pretty sure mom is rolling over in her grave thinking about us getting along so well now. We were bad kids-LOL) My second is Life Lessons Lived because I have been through a lot of stuff (some of which most people never see) and survived. Mostly by using my humor (thank you, mom and dad). I have never been a SAHM, but did work 2 jobs, put myself through school, and raised a disabled daughter on my own (proud to say I had family help). I believe it’s important to hold tight to the simple things that make you happy. When the world is so mean and out of control, it’s nice to know that you can still control something – your own happiness!
    Thank you for sharing this great post!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much for this lovely comment! ❀ ❀ ❀ It makes me so happy when my posts get read and are responded to. And I so appreciate your time in doing so πŸ™‚ ❀

      A sense of humor is very very important. I had a pretty rough childhood but was blessed with friends who infected me with a humorous way of looking at life that has served me well as I continued my journey. And I think writing about life lessons is a wonderful & generous way to help others grow. Kudos to you and your sister! πŸ™‚

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  3. Actually, my blog does include the categories of my life and interests right now. My posts of late have been about investing… I ❀ making $$$$. πŸ˜‰ It was great to see that you stopped by Paardje! Maybe I'll post on my latest crochet project, if it turns out. I'm doubtful about it right now, and might go back to crocheting hats for charities.

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    1. Hey, B! I missed you ❀ πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting πŸ˜€

      It's wonderful that you're already clear on your life's/blog's categories. I think that really makes blogging easy, natural and personal. In my case I believe I'm a whole lot clearer now with this exercise πŸ™‚

      P.S. Making $$$$ is a whole lotta fun. Go get 'em girl! πŸ˜‰ ❀

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  4. Oooh this is a fun one!
    -home decor/design.
    -food food food!
    -plants and pets care
    -running a business from home

    I would love to learn to crochet too ❀ Thanks for sharing lovely! So interesting how everyone is so different


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