Are you ready to declutter?

By the way–you won’t need your gloves, your broom, or your cleaning solutions.

Let’s take a moment before you reach for your cleaning tools:  when was the last time you checked your soul for dust-bunnies?



This past week was our Spring Break from homeschooling.  I had grand plans to tackle a few house projects, do some fun things with the kids, and somehow squeeze in a nap or two to get recharged for the rest of the homeschool year.

What actually happened is that I ran myself ragged.  Doing what?  Trying to create memories with the kids, stay on top of my writing, fold the mountain of laundry amassed in my guest room, and doing a bunch of other things–none of which involved napping.

After a weekend of cleaning, cooking, and catching up with friends, I wondered why I didn’t feel refreshed or prepared for the coming week when I’d just had over a week’s break from our normal routine.

A conversation with my husband helped me get to the root of the problem—I had been off for a week, but I never really got any rest.  Of course, I slept.  I spent lots of time with family and friends, but I didn’t allow myself any space to… breathe.  And I’m an introvert, y’all.  After a week of being with people almost non-stop, I desperately needed to introvert for a day or two.  HARD.



You’ve probably heard of boundaries, and how they can help improve your mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.  Another word for boundaries is margin, and the concept is similar.  By creating margin in your life, you protect yourself and the relationships that mean the most to you by putting yourself on the priority list.  The magic of margin is that once your cup is full, you have more to give to others.

Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity.  If you are hesitant to put yourself back on the list, ask yourself–why?  Is finding time an issue?  Is it money?



If the idea of self care sounds a tad hedonistic to you, or you’re just feeling a little jazzy, we can call it soul care.  Because your soul is the part of you that cries out when your proverbial cup is empty.  When you’re running on fumes.  When you’re exhausted from meeting all the needs.  And just as your body needs to be fed, so does your soul.

Even Jesus took naps, y’all.

Jesus, who did so many miracles that apparently, the entire world couldn’t contain the written accounts.

If Jesus, who squeezed an entire global ministry in three short years, could find a moment to rest and recharge—then sister—so can YOU.




If you are the type of person that puts everyone else first, is extremely busy, and may or may not have a ton of Pinterest projects saved up for that ever-so-elusive free moment–this post is especially for you.

First of all, you matter.  You are more than a worker, wife, mama, {insert all the things}, and meeter of needs.  And if you’ve been on autopilot for any length of time, your whole crew will benefit if you can find at least 15 to 20 (or more!) minutes a day to recharge your batteries.

Have you been on autopilot for so long that you have forgotten how to take care of yourself?  It’s okay–I have been there!  If you need a change but find yourself at a loss for where to begin, come join me on a soul care staycation!  I have created a five-day email course to show you how to create the margin you so desperately need in your busy life.


Here’s your itinerary:

  • Day 1 – Find out why margin is so important to your life, your health, and your relationships.
  • Day 2 – Learn how to keep the main thing, the main thing when you’re pulled in many different directions.
  • Day 3 – Finally find the time to do the things you’ve always wanted to, but never seemed to have time for.
  • Day 4 – Explore the role expectations play in the way you experience life.
  • Day 5 – Discover how simple and easy self care can be, plus get a BONUS freebie.



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I’m Kat–a homeschooling mom of four beautiful, high-energy kiddos. I love spontaneous road trips, checklists, and time alone in the bathroom. I’m on a mission to savor motherhood in its entirety–the good, the not-so-good, and the downright ridiculous.

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Hi!  I’m Kat Charles, a married mother of four precious, spirited kiddos.  We homeschool in the DC area, and we totally dig it. I am an aspiring writer, secret shower singer, and lover of all things beautiful.


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