It happened in the blink of an eye. A whole month…swoosh…just gone…
I’m sure it’s because of some of the things I have going on in life right now (especially compared to this time last year) but also a lot of the unplanned things that came in and took me (and my plans) by surprise. This month had a lot going on but there are signs of growth so I consider that winning.
m o n t h l y g o a l s
I actually made the time get my son’s social security card from the safe deposit box for his work records.
I had planned to fast with our church during the 3-day fast at PREPARE17 but a little fainting spell took that off the table. I’m still planning to revise my fast for later in the year.
I completed all of my Simple Year Coursework – this month was all about de-cluttering. This left me wondering about eliminating the items stored in our garage to save money and let go of some emotional things that we don’t need anymore. This was a fairly easy month for me because my mind works this way, but I’m not sure I still understand what “living simply” means yet.
It was a bust on planning a board retreat for one of the collegiate chapters I advise for my sorority, but I did help them delve deeper into their leaders training.
Blessed to start working full-time at my job, I was able to complete my benefits package paperwork with the assistance of a very knowledgeable and compassionate employee. (That stuff is confusing!)
An eye doctor that attends our church gives out free eye exams to single moms as Christmas gifts each year. In a year, I’ve found that my eyes have changed again and that I am now in need of multi-focals. Yes, multi-focals. Sigh…
I wanted to read two books, but finished four – of course only one of the ones I’d planned to read.
The second launch of my Journaled for You project was not in the budget and is now two full months behind. They are written but just need to be sent. I’m working out a creative delivery plan now.
Intellection is my top strength from StrengthsFinder and I studied and journaled it in depth.
My hair got relaxed. It was long overdue!
c o m m i t 3 0
The idea is to choose one task that you want to have become a habit by doing it every day.
In January, I was wanting to eat breakfast every single day. Feeling poorly didn’t help, but I ate breakfast 18 out of the 31 days. I’m not even sure I want to try this one again. While I know that there are so many people in our country and even our community who would love to have the means to do this each morning, it takes a lot of thought and preparation for me. Maybe, I’ll revisit this commitment again later this year.
I started with such great intentions.
There are so many other things.
Like how I played a lot of albums on repeat this month and swooned over Sam Smith and belted out Stevie Wonder.
And like how I filmed my son and his friend from church slamming eggs on one another’s heads to fundraise for their mission trip to Guatemala. Still funny…
And how I just don’t know how to connect with my parents in a flow that is genuine to who we are and our different seasons in life but that I want to honor them anyway.
I wish there were more clever and cute photos on my posts but to write is a feat in itself.
I didn’t do one single French lesson and I’ve had the Rosetta Stone kit since December 2015.
At the end of the month though, in all of the things done and not done, I can smile at good lessons I learned (from online dating) and people I’m grateful for (Ms. J who came up to work to help with a project so that I would not fall ill again) and examples of areas that I’m choosing grace over guilt about (carrying stress over work and all of the things I don’t yet have done). There is progress that I’m celebrating and memories I’m still pinching myself that I got to have.
For all of the goals that I’ve set, I am so thankful to be able to make lists and set goals and move forward with such wonderful victories to claim.
Maybe it’ll get prettier around here with these later in the year, but for now – I’m celebrating that I was able to accomplish it at all.
We’re coming for you February!