Wednesdays are so bittersweet! The weekend is so close, yet so far away.
Today we are talking about how we do goals and resolutions.
Truthfully, I’ve never been a big resolution person. I’ve tried claiming a “word of the year”, but that didn’t really do anything for me either. So for 2017, I’ve decided to try something new: rhythms. Little things that I can do throughout the year solidfy my life with new disciplines.
Rhythm 1 – Organization
I do use my Erin Condren Life Planner daily. It has all my work/life committments, blog post schedule, birthdays, and Peanut’s medicine. I could actually start using it for more. Now that I’m married, I suppose I’m supposed to be feeding that man of mine (I do…), but I find myself scrambling to put something together most nights. Now that I’ve started meal planning and ordering my groceries from Walmart’s Grocery Pick-Up app (that thing will change your life, folks!), I can be even more prepared. I know what I’m cooking when, what i need to layout to thaw, and when I need to make sure there are leftovers (I’m still juggling a lot of committments in my hometown that require me to stay with my dad one or two nights a week…). So my new goal is purposeful, meaningful organization.
Rhythm 2 – Journaling
Spending time alone with your thoughts can be scary. My brain was so full of randomness this morning that I could not form one coherent thought. It was like being tongue-tied in the head! One way to mediate all the conflicting thoughts in your mind is to simply put them on paper. I love journaling. I’ve been doing it for several years. Now, if you go through my house looking to find something juicy in my journal, you can forget it. That’s not the kind of stuff I like to record. I don’t write down what I ate for breakfast, or how I feel about ole what’s his name, or any of that. I journal to process and personalize my thoughts and to meditate on what God reveals to me throughout the day. Memories are too important to forget.
Prayer journaling is something I’ve only recently gotten into. I literally write out word for word the conversations I have with God (in a separate journal like the one above). I often find my mind drifting during prayer because one simple statement opens the doors for worrying and imagining horrible things. Having to concentrate while writing to God helps.
Rhythm 3 – Sabbath
I was listening to Annie’s podcast last week with Jon Mark Comer (think Loveology and Garden City) as they were talking about Sabbath. I started to realize that I don’t really Sabbath as a verb. Sabbath is doing, not just attending church on a Sunday. It’s about rest. Not buying or selling or working. It doesn’t have to happen on Sundays, or Friday nights through Saturday afternoons like the Adventist and Jew denominations. It can be a day of rest and worship that best fits into your schedule as long as you are truly Sabbath-ing. It’s something I want to think about more. How can we Sabbath more in our lives?
Rhythm 4 – Read More
So I know what you’re thinking. I read plenty. But the truth is I could read more. Instead of scrolling mindlessly through social media or bingewatching another show on Netflix, I could probably pick up a book and be infinitely more fulfilled. This year my goal is to read 75 books. It’s a pretty reasonable goal being that I read 55-65 books a year already. That’s really only one book more a month. Totally doable. Suggestions please! 🙂
Rhythm 5 – Skin Care Regimen
I’m bumping up my skin care regimen this year by incorporating a few of the Platinum collection pieces from Aloette into my standard Aloepure regimen. I seem to be getting drier – and there are these little lines going out from the side of my eyes… What are those?… Anyway, I hope to give you a little more in depth look into the Aloette Platinum line as the months go along! I’m still a consultant for Aloette, so if you have any questions, let me know!
I just love new beginnings. What are some goals and resolutions you’ve put in place for 2018?