Has anyone ever told you, you were a lifesaver? I’m not talking the candy kind…
I’m talking, saving someone from living a life of overwhelm and chaos. Well, I did that. Me. Little old Stacey. I must really be a superhero.
Today, I received the most amazing email from a young woman who stumbled upon my blog. She said I single handly saved her from spiraling down a rabbit hole of internal destruction. You see, Ginger (not her real name), has been struggling for years with being organized but living in a chaotic world.
Ginger confided something in me, which really hit home because as she was talking, I saw myself at age 32, totally in the same position.
I’m a hardass. I don’t cry; ask anyone, but by reading what Ginger wrote made me cry. I cried so hard you would have thought I got smacked in the face with a 2-by-4.
We exchanged a few emails back and forth, and I asked her if it would be okay to share her story with you. I figured she’d be like, “No way crazy woman”!, but she was actually very sweet about it and said, if I could help her, then maybe her story could help someone else.
Ginger’s Story – From frazzled and overwhelmed to calm and confident.
You don’t know me and I feel weird writing to you, but I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping me climb out of a hole I dug for myself. I found your blog through Pinterest and I’m really happy I did.
I have 3 amazing kids and a husband I adore. My husband drives an 18-wheeler so he’s always on the road. Sometimes feel like I’m a single mom raising 3 kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband and kids, but I’m so flustered, overwhelmed and overworked that it sometimes causes me to make some wrong choices and to cut some corners.
I hate to admit it, but I don’t check dates on my food and I think I fed my kids some old food because my oldest son and I got sick a few weeks back from something we ate. My daughter and other son didn’t eat it and they didn’t get sick so I’m the one to blame. It was something I cooked! I feel like the worst mother in the entire world.
I found your website because I was searching for how to be more organized, how to shop and how to meal prep. Can you believe I can’t figure out something as simple as meal prep? I’m a disaster. I’m always in a rush. I have to be at work early so I can leave early to take my son and daughters to their afterschool activities and then help them with homework. By the time dinner rolls around, I’m exhausted and I sometimes cut a few corners just to get everything done.
I feel guilty I have to work and have no time to clean the house or shop for food. I feel like I’m like a robot at times, just doing things and not feeling accountable for anything. When I’m at the grocery store I just want to get in and out because I’m impatient and always in a rush. Rushing usually is the reason I make mistakes. I’m too busy to pay attention to dates on the packages. After all, why shouldn’t Kroger keep track of what’s good and bad? Why do I have to double-check them and do their job?
Believe it or not, I used to be pretty organized. In my search for trying to figure out how I can a grip on my life, I stumbled onto you and an article you wrote about grocery shopping. Since this is where all my issues stem from I knew I had to read your article.
I swear, I thought you were writing it to me. It was like every sentence should have been followed by, “Ginger”. I was like, how did this lady get me? Is she secretly hiding in my Google Home? When I saw you were offering an email course on food safety I was really intrigued since I don’t ever look at dates on the food I buy. I didn’t really have a clue as to what to expect, but I signed up and OMG, you really changed my life.
Not a little bit, but a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I waited until all your emails came over and told my kids we were going to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. You know kids, they weren’t all that excited but I told them if they threw stuff really hard in the garbage can they may break some bottles, plus I bribed them each with $10. LOL. Boys are crazy, but it worked.
We cleaned out the refrigerator and it was pretty scary finding I had dijon mustard hiding in the back that expired 3 years ago. There was also a can of opened anchovies and I don’t remember ever buying those. The boys really liked writing dates on the stuff we kept. They also made silly faces on the bottles, jars, cans, and boxes. LOL.
The thing I’m most grateful for isn’t the fact you taught me how to shop or clean out my refrigerator and pantry the right way, but I’m most grateful for you getting me. It’s like you were talking just to me. It’s like you knew what I was going through and you helped me. It’s been 2 weeks since I signed up for your course but I’ve been to the store a few times during that time and every time I pick up something, it’s like I can hear you saying, “Ginger, check the date before putting it in your cart”. You’re kinda like my mom only way cooler! LOL
I don’t know, I just wanted to thank you so much and I’m so happy I found you. Sorry, I wrote a lot but I just wanted to let you really know how much I appreciate you and what you did for me.
All it took to change her life was taking a little e-mail course I offered.
Wow. As a blogger, my goal is to share with you things I find interesting and maybe teach you something you may not know. Perhaps you may already know the answer, but want to get the details from a totally different perspective.
This blog is pretty new and I still have a lot to learn, but, hearing from someone who was able to find some comfort and clarity from words I wrote and from my own personal experience really makes me realize I’ve found my new home.
The whole purpose of this blog was to help and educate busy and overwhelmed moms when it comes to food safety. If you read my about page, you know why I started this blog. Sure, there are a lot of people out there who know everything there is to know about food safety, and that’s great, but there are also a lot of people out there that only know a little bit or if even that; nothing at all.
Maybe my destiny in life wasn’t just to be the most awesome, amazing girlfriend, mother, and grandma (which I am!). Maybe it was to be where I am now. With you.
3-day food safety challenge
It all happened with one amazing young woman stumbling onto my blog and taking her chances by signing up for my 3-day food safety challenge.
The challenge Ginger took was not a challenge on how to be organized and how to de-escalate a chaotic world. What the 3-day food safety challenge is, is a way to organize your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, while ridding them of old out of date food, and food that’s either going bad or is bad.
The end result will net you with both a clean and healthy kitchen as well as an organized one. It’s like a twofer.
I know my copy isn’t the greatest (I’m still working on that perfect pitch they say we should have to reel you into our offer), yet, she took the chance, bad copy and all. You can read more about the challenge on a special page devoted to the 3-day food safety challenge.
I’d love for you to take a chance on me as well. Maybe the 3-day food safety challenge is exactly what you’re looking for, and then again maybe it’s not. If you think you’d like to give it a try, then, by all means, you can sign up HERE to sign up.
If you did sign up and you took the challenge, I’d really love to know what you thought and if you felt it helped you like it helped Ginger. Please let me know in the comment section below, so you can share your experiences with others.
Until we meet again,