I’m Back and Enjoying Summer

Yes, I’ve been away for a bit. I seem to have taken an unplanned blogging hiatus.

It started with May closing in and all the activities we were wrapping up. School-years aren’t my thing, but everything revolves around that construct, so we became rather busy with band concerts and end-of-year festivities.

I think my brain and body just needed a break. We’ve spent a lot of time at the pool, I’ve been reading, and taking care of some house and organization projects, I don’t usually have the energy to tackle.

Making Changes

One of the biggest changes I’ve made is that I’m getting up earlier.

I read that sleeping too much can cause depression. I’ve always loved to sleep, and I’ve always fought depression, coincidence? So I began getting up at 5:15 rather than 7 and I also try to stay up later. I’ve never been a night owl and have always preferred mornings, so this works well. For so long I just believed I was too tired to get up earlier, and in all fairness, the past 15 years have been spent getting up with a baby, but I’m doing it without a mid-day slump.

The most beautiful thing is that I usually have a quiet house to myself for two whole hours! I’ve been doing yoga first thing each morning, reading, and getting ready for the day. It helps me to be a lot less stressed when everyone else starts moving around.

No More Coffee (well, decaf)

The first week of May I gave up coffee cold turkey. It may have been one of the worst days of my life, seriously. All I could think was how difficult it must be to give up a hard drug addiction. Luckily, it was only debilitating for a day, and I started to feel better.

After giving up coffee, I found that I wasn’t as tired when I woke up, which may be the reason I can now get up at 5:15 now. I just don’t have foggy morning brain screaming for that first cup of joe.

Homeschool Decluttering

My biggest project so far was going through every. single. book. in our home library. When we moved in three years ago, I was eight months pregnant, and the books just went on a shelf. We’ve added more over the years, and things were starting to get piled up. I realized I had quite a few things I was never going to use and others that no longer served me.

My shelves are now neat and organized, and while I do have things to sell, a couple of boxes have been donated and a large amount taken to a curriculum sale. Making progress!

Homeschool Non-planning and Blogging

I’ve never been a big homeschool planner, but I may embrace that more than ever this year. Cleaning out shelves of unused text and workbooks will do that to you. We never use workbooks but I’ve kept buying them in hope my children will joyful complete them and make me feel like a responsible homeschool mom, but deep inside I’m proud that the don’t like them.

So this year I’m going to embrace my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants nature and create a purposeful non-plan intentionally. Does that even make sense? We’ll see.


I’ve gotten quite a bit of reading done with my new wake up time. I’ve finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, re-read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and started Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin and A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.

Going Forward

I’ve been pondering what I want this blog to be going forward. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Life learning focused or more mom focused?

Or maybe a little of both?

Enjoy summer and take time just to be.


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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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