I know that it’s been a long time since I checked in, but is it too late to say, “Happy New Year?” Since this month feels like the true start of my 2018, I’m hoping that you’ll give me a pass. Of course, I thought that January 1st would be this magical date for me, but life had its own set of plans.
As in previous years, I started working through my PowerSheets in December to get a jumpstart on 2018 and to make sure that it would be impactful. During this process, I also prayed about what would be my word of the year. After lots of prayer and reflection, I landed on “reset.” I anticipate this year to bring a lot of change to almost every area of my life and I wanted to prepare accordingly.
So, with “reset” on my mind, I charged into 2018 thinking that this concept would be as easy as snapping my fingers. WRONG. While my brain was on board with the total switch-up, my heart and soul were not. I spent all of January feeling stuck in quick sand. I hadn’t really changed any of my actions or my thoughts, yet I was expecting to see results. It was at that point that I realized the magnitude of trying to reset my priorities, my habits, and my behaviors.
It is hard.
However, I am committed to moving forward my taking reasonable steps to change my life. When working on my February Powersheets, I spent time thinking about my focus for the month. After spending January bogged down in work and being M.I.A. from my favorite people, I decided to prioritize spreading love this month. I’m applying those words to myself, my family, and my community.
Here is a brief breakout of how I’m putting this them in action.
February Tending List
- Date night with Chris to see Black Panther
- Make Valentine’s Day cupcakes at home
- Ten gym visits
- Complete a fast focused on “Reset” (A church near us is currently doing a devotional and teaching series on this word)
- Make a household budget
- Organize a book drive at work for Bernie’s Book Bank
- Cook Sunday dinner (Part of my commitment to slower Sundays)
- Blog twice
- Have intentional time with Chris
- Household meeting
- Post on Instagram 3x (I haven’t posted since pre-NYE!)
- Do a learning or craft activity with Caleb
- Kiss Chris
- Read a book to Caleb
- 15 minutes with God (The hardest thing for me to do consistently)
- 30 minute house cleaning
My daily cleaning and devotional goals are the hardest things for me to do consistently. This is why I have been adding them to my Tending List since last summer. As I reset a lot of things, including my discipline, I am hoping that I can make sure true progress in this area.
It’s not going to be easy to follow through on my word of the year, but I’m committed to doing so because I truly believe that my life will be much better for it. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Wish me luck!