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What I Learned in July


I think July is kind of like the Wednesday of months. It’s the hump month. Once we get over July, it’s kind of a downhill slide into the sweet Friday of fall and the weekend of the holidays. At any rate, this July was a productive one in which I discovered a few worthwhile lessons.

  1. The rest you get from a vacation tends to be shortlived. I’m already tired, y’all.
  2. I can live without Instagram (but I don’t like it). Around the middle of the month, Instagram stopped working on my old phone. I don’t know if it just stopped supporting the older Android OS I was using or what, but I couldn’t log in anymore. Of course, I could still go on the web version and look and comment, but without the app I couldn’t post, plus scrolling on a big computer at my desk isn’t nearly as gratifying as scrolling on my phone while lounging on the sofa. At any rate, last weekend I was finally able to upgrade to a new phone, so problem solved.
  3. Except without Instagram, I was way more productive. Since I couldn’t camp out on the sofa and scroll through all those tiny square adventures, I actually got up and did stuff. Namely, I Konmari’d my bedroom closet and filled about five large bags with stuff to either send in to ThredUp or give away. I also finished my novel, did some hoop embroidery and put some stuff on the walls.
  1. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. I learned this from The Nester as I spent some time going through her blog and really thinking about our house and what kind of space I want it to be (which is a whole ‘nother post). At any rate, as I cleaned out the closet and came across some posters that I had been saving for “some day” when we would get them framed, I was inspired to stop waiting and go ahead and tack them up sans frames. And do you know what? They look fine.
  2. Grief is hard, but it’s a process you have to walk through slowly, and maybe just sit with for a while. This is not a new lesson, but I got a refresher course a week ago as we said goodbye to our 15 year old kitty, Nibblet. I have a tendency to try and rush through the grieving process, or get to a point where I want it to be over so I run from it, and the results are always disastrous. So I’m being intentional to just let myself miss my cat and be sad and allow these feelings to run their course and not worry about whether my sadness is bringing anybody else down or making them uncomfortable. It’s hard, and it means a lot of random crying, but it beats falling into a pit of depression next time something sad happens because I get overloaded by all the unprocessed grief it stirs up.
  3. I’m not in a season right now where I can give this blog the attention I want to give it. I wish I was, but I’m just not. I want to post more regularly, but between writing and editing my novels and running my freelance writing and editing biz, I don’t have a lot of energy left over for writing thoughtful blog posts. I’m praying that this will change some day and I’ll be able to move blogging higher up on the priority list, because I feel that this is important. It’s kind of the only avenue of ministry I have, and although it’s tiny, every time somebody leaves a comment to tell me that a post touched them or spoke to what they’re dealing with, even if it’s just one person, I know it’s worth it and I’m supposed to be here. I just can’t be here as much as I’d like. So I’m giving myself permission to not try to stick to a posting schedule just yet and only post when the Spirit moves me. Ditto sending out my newsletter.
  4. Hello Cocoa is awesome chocolate. I tend to think I never win anything, and that tends to be true when it comes to major prizes like TVs and computers and major cash, but sometimes I get lucky and win drawings for nice little gifts that are like little shots of joy into my life. This time around, I won a giveaway on Holley Gerth’s blog and got a lovely selection of chocolate from Hello Cocoa in nearby Fayetteville, AR. The prize package included not only five gourmet dark chocolate bars (I would take a picture but we’ve already eaten most of them), but also a big bag of premium cocoa nibs AND another big bag of premium cacao tea. You guys, I learned to love cacao tea years ago but the store where I bought it stopped carrying it after I finished that tin and I haven’t had any since. So now cacao tea and I are reunited and it is the highlight of my day. Well, one of them, anyway. So big thanks to both Holley Gerth and Hello Cocoa. The next time we pass through Fayetteville we’ll definitely be stopping in there.

What lessons did you learn in July? Tell us or link up your own list in the comments!




PS – Linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart and Missional Women’s Faith-Filled Friday.



  1. waitingformymiracle

    Love your comment about letting yourself be sad and not worrying if it makes people uncomfortable. I have found that many people need to learn to be ok with being uncomfortable and grief is certainly uncomfortable. I love how God will just sit with me when I’m sad and never once have I heard Him (in my heart or from His word) say, “Stop being sad.” Never ever. He has held me and encouraged me and told me I won’t always be sad, but I love most of all how He just hangs with me when I am sad.

    And I hear you about the blog writing. I’m not super scheduled with mine and, honestly, instagram has somewhat taken its place. But it’s still there when I feel moved to write. Happy August to you. And I’m still praying for you.

    • Jean Marie Bauhaus

      Right? For some reason I get to a point where I start to feel guilty for being sad, and you’re right–there’s no biblical basis for that. I’m not sure where it comes from.

      I sure appreciate the prayer, Lori. Thank you.

  2. GiGiMandy

    It’s hard to keep up with blogging in the summer. I wrote my What I learned on our family blog …
    Coming to you from Coffee for the Heart

    • Jean Marie Bauhaus

      Great! I was going to comment on your blog about the awesome-looking BBQ and the cute grandbabies (both furred and non-furry varieties 😉 but I always run into problems commenting on Blogger. Thanks for sharing your list!

      • GiGiMandy

        Thanks for dropping by.
        I understand about commenting on blogger. I have troubles at times too.
        I do most of my writing on wordpress. Since the blog on blogged is mainly for family I don’t worry too much about it otherwise I might switch it.
        Are you planning to do the 31 day challenge in October? It’s a good way too get back in the habit of writing.

        • Jean Marie Bauhaus

          What’s the 31 day challenge? Likely I won’t, since I’ll be using that month to prepare for a book launch and for NaNoWriMo.

  3. traceyatwaterintowine

    Thanks Jean – really enjoyed this post – I learnt a few things from your learning, thank you !!

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