I’m Tehlia, mom to 4 children under the age of 6 years old and wife of over 17 years to an army veteran.
After my fourth child was born I knew my home needed a change. I was exhausted, felt overwhelmed and was not enjoying motherhood as I had hoped I would. Sleep deprivation and bad eating habits weren’t helping the issue either.
I began by getting my home in order. Meaning I got rid of the toys, the clutter and minimized the things we owned.
Once I cleared out the clutter and stopped having to constantly clean up, I found that I had time. Time to play and teach my children. Time to spend with my husband. Time to cook great food. Time to workout. And time to follow a few dreams that I had put to the side.
With a few changes and being honest with yourself I can show you how you can find the time you are missing and take charge of the life you’ve been craving.
I am a creative person, interested in wellness and someone who loves to encourage and teach others. As a child I was usually pretending to be a teacher, as a teen I was dreaming of being an author and entrepreneur.
After getting married and traveling with my husband who was in the army, we settled into life. I was working as a Dental Assistant, training to be an Iyengar Yoga Instructor and working my way through online courses in health and nutrition.
Fast forward to my 12th year of marriage, I became pregnant for the first time ever at the age of 35. Up until this point my husband and I had concluded that we weren’t going to have children. By the time I was 39 we had a total of 4 kids and things were busy, crazy, loud and fun. Our home was filled with love and I was still teaching, but this time it was my children who were my students.
Now as I turn 40, I’m into my 5th year as a Stay at Home Mom, Homeschooling Mom, an Entrepreneur and published Children’s Book Author – I have hit all my childhood goals and can’t wait to build on it. I never thought that becoming a mother would lead to filling my career dreams.
One of the dreams:
I began doodling pictures for my children at their request. Started with flowers, shapes and random objects they would blurt out and then one day they asked for a chicken.
At the time we were pasture raised chicken egg farmers and the kids loved all of our 3,000 chickens. So naturally they started asking me to draw them. And draw and draw and draw. The chickens became quite popular in our home, turned into a flock of chickens, they got silly and started going on adventures.
The more I drew them the more we loved them. I started using the silly chickens to teach my children shapes, colors, numbers, and so on. Until I found myself dreaming up a book.
Then I kept drawing and creating learning pages for my children and accessories with my art printed on them.
Decluttering my home has led to reclaiming my health:
The health and wellness side of minimalism is simple. With less things to get in your way you can put yourself first. For some they do the reverse, start taking care of self then the house starts to fall in order. Myself, I need order around me to clear out the clutter stopping me from seeing anything else.
Once the clutter was gone, and I was able to stop having my day consumed by anxiety and cleaning, I found the time I was lacking to get my body feeling good again. I chose workouts that were short and online. That meant I am able to do them in my home while kids color at the table, others nap and another practices handwriting. The minimalist portion of choosing an online workouts from Youtube – no dvds to store.
I also started getting my food in order. I cut out Sugar, I went low carb and added in more healthy fats and protein. The weight began coming off. After 32 pounds came off I was beginning to see where I could improve, I still had Mommy Fog, some anxiety and my postpartum hair loss was now just hair loss.
The solution – Minerals and Vitamins that help with Methylation, Hemp Oil for my anxiety and inflammation, and improved gut health. Once I corrected my system with those additions I lost more weight and remaining inflammation. Go HERE (coming soon) to read about the products I take and if they could work for you too.
These tiny people, my husband and my health are the driving force that helps me stay on track with a minimalist lifestyle.