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I love that ministry in the Church helps me get to know people I never would have been able to otherwise—especially sisters who have experience and wisdom to share with me. Seven years ago, my visiting teacher Betty Owen sat and listened to me cry in frustration. There was just too much work to do and not enough of me. My four kids were running riot. My pregnancy made me slow and hot and tired. I had projects piling up, and my anxiety and depression were getting out of control.

Even now, I remember the click I felt when my brain settled on the idea she gave me—and my life has never been the same since.

She said, “Every time you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself three questions:

Why am I doing this?’

‘Why am I doing this?’


‘Why am doing this?’”

It seems like the same question over and over, but it’s not.

Why am I doing this?

The first question helps me examine whether or not I’m spending time on something that truly matters. I can think of several things I do each day that are completely pointless. I’m not talking about a long bath, which rests and refreshes me; I’m not talking about relaxing on the couch with my husband, which helps us connect and strengthen our relationship. I’m talking about things that are obviously wasting my time or even making me unhappy. Social media is an easy target here, but not the only one. I’ve also come to realize that there are TV shows and movies that aren’t worth my time—especially if they alienate the Spirit. Free time is too precious to waste on something that doesn’t make me happier.

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