Welcome! I'm Cammy Hackwith, a middle-aged wife, recently empty-nesting mom and passionate follower of Jesus Christ, who is trying to find my way in an every-changing, fun, but often challenging life.
My childhood dream was to be an elementary school teacher, but I found myself using my teaching degree to it's fullest potential to raise 4 very active, adventurous, creative and all-around great boys. Growing up in an all female household left me ill-prepared for this challenge but being a tom-boy myself served me well. I have loved every minute of it.
We raised our family primarily in Montana, even did a stint in full-time ministry in the wilderness, and have now settled in South Dakota. I love the outdoors, am a musician; playing the fiddle, guitar and piano, love anything artistic and creative, have taken up watercolor painting, and travel as much as I can get away with.
I first started writing a blog to document the rebuilding of my life. I had gone through a tumultuous time in my marriage and everything I had believed in and depended on for love, value and acceptance had been stripped away. The two things left intact was my relationship with my boys and extended family, and my relationship with the Lord. God was using that time to rebuild every core belief I had previously developed by revealing and clearing away the lies and replacing them with truth. When faced with the choice to wallow in my wounded-ness or figure out what it would take to heal, writing helped me step back and process what I was learning to help map out an honest proactive path forward.
During that time, I desperately searched for help. I ended up finding a great Pastor/Counselor who became my lifeline for a time, but longed to find resources from those who had experienced, and were honest about, real life challenges. I read every book, blog, and article I could get my hands on. I scoured podcasts and videos for anyone who could speak into my heartache. Some were helpful and some were not. Some were honest and some were unrealistically optimistic. Some were encouraging and some hurtful. Some aligned with what the Bible taught which made sense to me, but many seemed ridiculous and were based on self centered philosophies. I was surprised with the lack of what I considered to be good information on healing and emotional trauma and was determined to help fill that void in some way.
During this time I became acquainted with so many others who were on the same journey. It helped me to have a "purpose for the pain" so in the midst of my own healing I became a Certified Life Coach so I could help others in theirs. I started to see through the "self help" ideology and the "simplicity" of Biblical teaching started to shine through. I found that as we strip away the things we have depended on to give us value, satisfaction, peace, distraction, comfort, and acceptance that don't really work, we become more successful in getting what we really want out of life and having the impact we long for as the true source that feeds these longings comes into focus.
I have adopted the phrase of "stumbling forward" since it describes how I feel as I take 3 steps forward and 2 steps back in applying what I'm learning to my own life. But I figure as long as I'm allowing God to lead me and move toward Him, I'm making progress. With this blog I hope to encourage you by sharing tips on how to live simpler lives in the areas of resources, personal space, time management, organization, relationships, goal setting personal growth healthy living, and most of all spiritual growth. I also will be providing resources with you that I find helpful as well as interviews by people who have found success in living simply uncluttered lives to inspire us.
I am honored to share my life with you and I hope that the grace, mercy and glory of the Lord is revealed and I help point you to Him.
"We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me."