You Are Not Your Job | amandabixler.com

YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB

I was hired for my first “real” job at 19. I had just started college, was a full-time music major, and struggling to grow up and figure life out. Adulting is hard, am I right?! The music program I was part of was an all-or-nothing type of situation. One of the top 3 hardest programs at the school with the expectation that you said yes to every opportunity, every ensemble, every gig. They were paying you scholarships, after all, and how else do you get good at your craft? Most of the time you weren’t even asked if you wanted to be part of a certain musical ensemble or to audition for stuff – you’d simply receive an email saying you were now part of the Symphony Orchestra and practices started tomorrow at 4pm.
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7 Things I Choose To Do Regularly | amandabixler.com

7 THINGS I CHOOSE TO DO REGULARLY

This is a post from the archives.

Since moving to Colorado last year, A & I have been on a journey of simplifying – simplifying our schedules and our commitments in an effort to live a slower and more intentional life. Not one that is full of unnecessary busyness and stress, but one full of joy and contentment, adventures and rest.

Through this process, I created a list of 7 things I don’t do (and encourage you to do the same!) as a way of upfront saying these are things I won’t give in to. I have found that if we are able to clearly define our boundaries and put them in place ahead of time, it is much easier to say “no” in the moment as opposed to being tempted to give in, overcommit, or feel guilty for not doing something enough.
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27 Ways to Overhaul Your Day | amandabixler.com

27 WAYS TO OVERHAUL YOUR DAY

This is a post from the archives.

If we aren’t careful, life can get away from us. Culture can demand that we are constantly connected, always say “yes” when asked for another commitment, and run ourselves ragged. But what if that wasn’t how we had to live? What if there was a better way to intentionally organize our days that allow more breathing room and opportunities to hear and respond to God? Today I’m sharing twenty-seven simple and tried-and-true tips that I regularly use to break the cycle of busy and overhaul my day.
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5 Things Every College Student Needs

5 THINGS EVERY NEW COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS

This is a post from the archives, but is still very much applicable!

If you’ve been following along for any amount of time, you’ll know I graduated with my masters degree two months ago. It was a long five-year program of juggling part-time work and part-time school, managing my energy and to do lists, and figuring out all of the things. It’s crazy to think that this has been my life for the past five years – juggling assignments, work, reading, research papers, group meetings, confusing homework, all of it.

I am currently in the process of figuring out what life looks like post-graduation. This fall is the first time in my whole life that I have not been preparing to go back to school, but I still love the thought of a fresh start in the fall and will still be falling back on some of these tools as I transition into full-time work. This list is certainly not exhaustive but as we kick off a new year and new semester of school, these are the five essentials I turn to.

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Some of my favorite things to stay focused, productive and motivated in graduate school. | amandabixler.com

GRADUATE SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

I am in my fifth and FINAL year of graduate school. It’s crazy to think that this has been my life for the past five years – juggling assignments, work, reading, research papers, group meetings, confusing homework, all of it – and in under six months it will be over. And I will take a deep breath, a long nap and give thanks for making it through. But until then, focus and motivation is essential. And to do that I need some of my favorite tools to stay productive and get assignments done, little by little. This list is certainly not exhaustive but as we kick off a new year and new semester of school, these are the five essentials I turn to.

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Finding Rest and Why It's About the Heart | amandabixler.com

FINDING REST: IT’S ABOUT THE HEART

Do you ever feel stuck, unmotivated and overwhelmed? Tempted to give in to the pressures around you and say yes to just one more thing, even though you really don’t want to do it? Or what about those “shoulds”? Like, well I “should”sign up and volunteer for (yet another) charity and I “should” super duper deep clean my home every other day and I “should” work later in the evening so my boss doesn’t think I’m a flake?
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7 Things I Choose To Do Regularly | amandabixler.com

7 THINGS I DO REGULARLY

Since moving to Colorado a couple of months ago, A & I have been on a journey of simplifying – simplifying our schedules and our commitments in an effort to live a slower and more intentional life. Not one that is full of unnecessary busyness and stress, but one full of joy and contentment, adventures and rest.

Through this process, I created a list of 7 things I don’t do (and encourage you to do the same!) as a way of upfront saying these are things I won’t give in to. I have found that if we are able to clearly define our boundaries and put them in place ahead of time, it is much easier to say “no” in the moment as opposed to being tempted to give in, overcommit, or feel guilty for not doing something enough.
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27 Ways to Overhaul Your Day | amandabixler.com

27 WAYS TO OVERHAUL YOUR DAY

This post is the third installment in my “Finding Rest” series. Make sure and read more about why I gave up the word “busy”, what are some symptoms of the hamster wheel of busyness, and five ways to break the cycle in your life.

If we aren’t careful, life can get away from us. Culture can demand that we are constantly connected, always say “yes” when asked for another commitment, and run ourselves ragged. But what if that wasn’t how we had to live? What if there was a better way to intentionally organize our days that allow more breathing room and opportunities to hear and respond to God? Today I’m sharing twenty-seven simple and tried-and-true tips that I regularly use to break the cycle of busy and overhaul my day.
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7 Things I Don't Do + Why It Makes My Life Simpler | amandabixler.com

7 THINGS I DON’T DO AND WHY IT MAKES MY LIFE SIMPLER

Time is finite. We all know that right? 60 minutes in every hour, 24 hours in every day, 168 hours in a week, 52 weeks in a year. Everyone has the same amount of minutes in an hour and hours in a day. And we can’t buy, steal, or beg for more time. So if we can’t add more time to our day, what is our alternative option? To continue to run ragged, stressed, and worn out, unable to fully focus because we are so hyped up on coffee and sleeping pills? I sure hope not. Read More »

5 Ways to Break Busy | amandabixler.com

5 WAYS TO BREAK BUSY

Read previous posts in this “Finding Rest” series here and here.

As I have recently been sharing, the term “busy” is no longer a part of my everyday vocabulary. After years of wrestling with anxiety, competition, perfectionism, and overcommitment, I have realized that busyness is not a game to win or competition to engage in. The lie I continued to buy into was that my to do list defined me and busyness was a badge of honor. But while I’m over that game and strive to live a life full of intentionality, margin, and breathing room, there are still times when life gets a little too full or the temptation to compete with busyness grows. When those moments come, I have five little habits that I practice to help reduce stress, realign priorities, and lead with grace.Read More »