Finding Time to Design

Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly

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Do you struggle to find time to design and implement the house projects you are dreaming of? What about that little whisper wish in your heart to open that shop, start that blog or write that book. Heck, maybe you just want to finish a book!

Or maybe you just want to stop feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted all the time.

You look at what fills your days and you can’t say with confidence that you actually enjoy your life.

Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly

Always having a fascination with productivity and organization, I naturally try systems and schedules to find new secrets to a peaceful and effective life. Back in January, as I was preparing to  launch She Holds Dearly, all my years of practicing efficiency were about to be taken to a new level of intensity. If you have read my about page, you will know that I homeschool three children, renovate our hundred-plus year old farmhouse and run a small farm. I also cook from scratch almost exclusively, am a big Dave Ramsey fan (hence, our aggressive financial goals), love Crossfit, want my house to be beautiful and I actually want to get sleep at night. Is that too much ask? These are some of the big ticket items, there are more, but you get the picture.

I don’t have time to start a stinking blog!

A well run blog takes 20-40 hours a week to maintain.

In spite of my perceived lack of hours in the day, I still believed it was time to pursue this.

Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly

 I began hacking the living daylights out of everything I did to figure out how to create time to blog. How could I get out of menu planning, shopping and mending? How could I still have to time make my bed and spend one on one time with each of my beloved family members?

Its been seven months and I’m here to say, I created a system that affords me 30 hours a week to continue blogging, and more importantly to not neglect the other essential responsibilities in my life. I’m thinking of compiling all my productivity secrets into a course for my readers, but my question for you today is –

Is this something you are interested in?

Click here to learn more about our online course, Finding Time to Hold Dearly, that focuses on intentional living and time management. 

A comprehensive course intentional living and time management

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

One of the things that needed to get under control right away was my phone! Sorry, Instagram, you know I love you, but good grief, I could spend 5 hours a day on there! Not to mention all the other things we have access to on our devices now.

I noticed I kept checking the time and would consequently get distracted with other things on my phone. I needed to cut out reasons to be on my iPhone.

Enter the classic wrist watch.

Yes, I know, you are right, I am taking a step back in technology. But, I needed to.

Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly

 I’m not a jewelry girl, per se. My go-to accessories are my wedding ring and some el cheapo hoop earrings I bought from Target about 10 years ago.

I own one necklace and when I really want to dress up, its a cocktail ring and maybe some cuff bracelets. So, committing to a watch was kind of a big deal for me.

I have had a Jord wood watch on my wish list for awhile. It’s unique and simple. So, when Jord contacted me to work with them, I already knew I was interested.

Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly
*This post sponsored by Jord*
Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly
Finding Time to Design by She Holds Dearly

(I couldn’t resist including these shots of my daughter borrowing my watch with her baby bunnies.)

What I didn’t know was that I would be blown away by everything else about them.

  • excellent customer service, Kelsey promptly answered all my questions and had me measure my wrist for correct sizing.
  • incredibly fast shipping, it took about two days to arrive.
  • beautiful packaging, I’m such a sucker for good marketing. It came in a carved, wooden box and was displayed on a tiny pillow.
  • generous warrantee, Jord will replace your watch for up to one year.

This watch has been the perfect piece to add to my minimalist jewelry collection, but there are other people I would recommend a wood watch to . . .

Anyone who

  • has a natural, simple style
  • needs something to wear with virtually everything in their closet
  • considers themselves to be a jewelry junkie
  • needs to find  a unique gift
  • wants to cut back on the time spent on technology
  • is “old school”
    • meaning they still hand write letters and love a good fireside chat
  • ever played Wonder Woman as a child (that would be me)
    • She wore cuff bracelets, right? Well, wrist jewelry has been a throw back to my Wonder Woman days. Haha.
  • loves a good bargain, speaking of a good bargain. . .

Click here to receive a $20 off e-voucher from Jord and be entered into a drawing for a $75 off e-voucher!

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  1. Linette Palmer
    July 30, 2016 / 3:04 PM

    Yes Sarah!! Yes, please!! I would love to see your time saving schedule!! Who couldn’t use more time in their day?? ????
    I’m loving your blog sweet kindred! Thank you!!
    P.S. I also love Dave Ramsey, and my daughter and son IL got me my gorgeous Jord watch for my birthday in May!! I love it!!

    Have a blessed and beautiful day!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 8:54 AM

      Oh, wow, Linette! You are a girl after my own heart, in so many ways! And yes, I will work on getting material together on time management.

  2. Pamela
    July 30, 2016 / 4:39 PM

    I love your watch and can not to buy one. I have wanted to open a shop ( like the ones you seen in Victoria Magazine) When living in Seattle I thought it would be a great place to start. I used to sell my gift tags at the local craft fais .someone told to start out small so I bought some products and tried to sell it like yard sell style um that did not work to well. I would make about an extra 100. To 200. A month. Then I want to work full time because I was head of house and I’m still head of house. And my crafting took a back seat. And I moved to TX for change and they don’t have craft fairs like in Seattle, they have vintage market days but those are hours away.. But I’m about that finish school with an AA inGraphic Arts. Not sure where I’m going to end up. But I’m excited because this has been a dream of mine to get this Degree.
    I love reading your blog Sorry for rambling.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 8:57 AM

      You are not rambling, I am so pleased that you could share that with us. Yes, I know exactly the type of store you are describing. I wonder if you couldn’t get your gift tags into several gift shops in your area, you know, at the check out counters. I love to pick up cute gift tags that way!

  3. Peggy
    July 30, 2016 / 5:35 PM

    Yes, I would love your ideas on a system to make life a little less hectic. Love your blog. Those watches are gorgeous.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 8:59 AM

      Thank you, Peggy, I are so kind. I will work on getting that information out to my readers!

  4. July 31, 2016 / 5:14 PM

    Gorgeous watch. I love the wood band. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you here.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 9:00 AM

      Vanessa, thank you for hosting and for all your sweet comments!

  5. July 31, 2016 / 5:35 PM

    Heck yes I’d love to hear about your time hacks! I don’t blog nearly as often as I’d like & it still feels like it takes up a crazy huge amount of behind the scenes time. I just bought a planner to better help me stick with a schedule, so I’m hoping my time management will improve a bit.

    P.S. That watch is so beautiful and oh those bunnies are so adorable!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 9:01 AM

      Haha! I just love you, Meg. Your blog is wonderful! I promise to work on some productivity material!

  6. August 1, 2016 / 4:51 AM

    Sarah, love your blog! You must be a super woman, because there are NOT enough hours in the day to do all that you do! I homeschooled two children and that is practically a full time job!! So, tell me what’s your secret?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 9:04 AM

      Girl, its true there just are not enough hours in the day! But, the list of things I don’t do, is just as long as the list of things I do. And my kids are actually at really helpful ages finally.

  7. August 1, 2016 / 6:04 AM

    We have bunny rabbits, too, and I love them. 🙂

    I would love to know your thoughts on juggling it all.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 9:05 AM

      Thank you that is so sweet of you, I will pass that on to the bunnies and also, work on a productivity class. 😉

  8. August 2, 2016 / 6:39 AM

    I just found your blog on the Inspire Me Monday linkup and can feel a kindred spirit. I would love to know how to fit it all in so share away. Can’t wait to read more.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 9:08 AM

      Oh, I am so happy you stopped by! Can’t wait to visit your blog now!

  9. Tanya Hulbert
    August 3, 2016 / 10:45 PM

    I was thinking (just today!) how I need to manage my time better. I feel like each day the time flies by and I have’t gotten much accomplished. I may need to actually write down all I do that is NOT on my “to do” list for starters, but who doesn’t need more time in their day? I do love that watch and the bunnies featured, super handsome I must say. 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 9:09 AM

      Tanya, you are amazing at what you accomplish! And thanks for letting me use Woodruff for my model.;)

  10. August 5, 2016 / 8:50 AM

    Hi Sarah! Love your photos! Time is always at a premium, isn’t it? Good luck with your class I’m sure your readers will love it!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 9, 2016 / 8:57 AM

      Thank you for your encouragement, Susan! It seems to be unanimous, everyone wishes they could find more time.

  11. August 9, 2016 / 4:46 AM

    Oh boy Sarah, you have your hands full! You go girl lol! I feel the same way just trying to time manage and still have time to sit back and enjoy life. I think your course sounds amazing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 9, 2016 / 8:59 AM

      Deb, the struggle is real, for sure! Everyone I talk to about this feels maxed out. Thank you for being so supportive of my idea, my wheels are turning as to how I can get this information out there. xoxo

  12. Julie Maier
    August 15, 2016 / 9:33 AM

    First time visiting your blog – love it! It sounds like we are “cut from the same cloth” – love Dave Ramsey, was a stay-at-home mommy for over 11 years, love remodeling and anything old and vintage (we’re working on giving a 1972 two story some much needed character). And I love, love, love to be organized! Any helpful hints or a new way of achieving organization is always welcome to me! Can’t wait!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:39 AM

      Yup, you are a girl after my own heart! So happy to meet you! Thank you for your encouragement.

  13. August 16, 2016 / 10:21 AM

    The watch is gorgeous and yes, as an organizer myself, I am always looking for new ideas.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:40 AM

      Ok, girl! Stay tuned, I have a whole bunch of productivity ideas up my sleeve. (wink)

  14. August 17, 2016 / 8:47 AM

    Reading this was like thinking out loud so the more time hacks the better!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:40 AM

      Oh good! I love being surrounded by people that have the same interests, we can help each other out!

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