Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Can I tell you the first thought that just popped into my head when I wrote the title "Margin" just now? 

It was that margin and margarine are very similiar sounding words.  And then I wondered why.  And then I was off on a brain-tangent about how perhaps it's becuase margarine affects your margin.  And then I began to wonder if you would say it increases or decreases your margin, depending on what you think a person's margin would be - the space you actually take up or the space you are not taking up.  And now that I've typed margin five times, I'm not even sure if that's how you spell it anymore. 

Whew. Welcome to a minute in my brain.

Back to my original post.

I'm slowly working my way through The Love Dare.  I assume Husband won't read my blog and read this, because I'm doing it without telling him.  Nevermind that the book is on my nightstand all the time - he doesn't pay attention to those things.

Anyway, yesterday's dare was to think about ways we need margin in our lives, because lives without margin lead to selfishness and irritability

Yikes, I'm in trouble.

I don't have a lot of margin right now.  (Aside; although if physical margin is defined as how much space you actually take up, then I do have a lot of margin, because I have recently been asked if I'm pregnant - nope, just chubby.)  I'm pretty - oh, dreaded "b" word - busy.  There's a lot on my to-do list.

Still, I do think I've been working on finding margin.  I left my work in the car on Monday and just hung out with Husband for Love Day.  I worked out this morning (and have worked out more in the last two months than in the previous six).  I am doing pretty well at making time for people, and even am really spending some more time with The One and learning. 

I even quit a task force that I was on, because I'm really trying.  Yes, people who know me, I let something go.  Aren't you proud?

Still, I haven't done this Dare yet, because I'm just not sure what I'll find, or what I'll be able to do.

What about you?

What areas of margin do you need in your life?  How do you find them or find time for them?

Let me know.


  1. You gotta plan margin into your schedule- like an appointment- and if something comes up, decline and keep the "off time"... just one idea :)

  2. Good thoughts about margin. You're right: gotta protect those boundaries! My hubby has The Love Dare, although I think he's just reading it (not necessarily using it as a workbook), and I've been curious to go through it myself...maybe when he's done.- Oh, and btw. you can put any kind of herbs in herb butter (I LOVE fresh herbs in the summer), but my fav. dried combo is dill weed and oregano (you can add a dash of garlic too if you like!). Hope you find a fun little thing to do for your hubby tonight :-) ~K

  3. Thrilled you found your way to my blog! I love this post. We did the Love Dare back, quite awhile ago. And yet, here i am doing this challenge for my husband. I'm a slow learner...
    Anyway, LOVE that you posted about this. Great thoughts and you inspired me to look at my schedule just a little differently- even though I've writing about this all month! thank you...

    (p.s. i love Emily at Chatting at the Sky too! She's my favorite blog!)


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