New Year, New Ideas?

 

 

Don't give upGreetings,

First I want to say thank you to Jen who has been carrying the load lately. I have been  lucky enough to travel to Georgia twice this month, so I’ve been very busy!

I had planned on this post for the beginning of January…but since I was so busy I’ve decided January was a practice month and I’m going to make February 1 be my new year!!

This year I want to be more organized, more in tune with myself, and bring a little deeper meaning to my life. I want to set goals for the year. Things I want to accomplish. This is an assignment I gave to all of my clients the first part of January, so I decided I had better get to practicing what I preach!

Some of the goals I’ve set is to spend more time in the bible and daily devotions. Get SOME kind of regular exercise into my life. Be more productive with my time. I said the other day it seems I’m either working or tired, and frankly….I’m kind of “tired” of that. So I need to spend some time with that. A couple of years ago I came up with a word that I wanted to focus on for the year. Truthfully, I don’t remember what it was now, but rather than one word for the whole year, I think I will just work on one word a month. I’ve chosen my first word  to be “mindfulness.” I think if I’m more mindful, it may straighten out some of the other stuff.

The other tool I think I need to start using….something my sister has done forever….and I have made fun of forever…is  lists. I found a really good list pad at Barnes and Noble last night so I’m hoping that will help. Of course, again I will be honest with you and admit that I am a gadget person and my house is full of all of these “tools” that I’m always sure will help me laying in all corners of my house! Maybe my first task should be to gather them all up and use them!

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I guess the message I’ve trying to convey here, that we always have to keep trying. You can make a plan, set a goal, and create lists…..but sometimes life interrupts and things don’t get done. What I’m really working hard on, is not letting one incident derail me from the whole project. One interruption doesn’t mean the whole idea needs to be scrapped. This definitely applies to weight loss too. (Another of my goals to accomplish this year!!). I need to stop getting in my own way. Do any of you struggle with these issues? It’s hard, isn’t it. I have faith though if we never give up, eventually we will all meet those challenges and goals.

It isn’t always easy, is it. But perseverance is the word! Hey, maybe that can be next months word!

One final word on this….after everything I have written…I do have one motto….if it comes to choosing fun or choosing house projects…FUN will always win. Even if it puts me behind! Fun feeds my existence! I hope you ALL take time to put fun in your life!

Take care, stay warm, and thanks for listening to my rambling!

Julie

Is it Worth It?

Recently I was meeting with someone and we started talking about personal struggles and goal setting. I really like the AA mantra of Living Live One Day at a Time. However, my twist on that is that we have to set goals and plan for the future and then take it one day at a time. It’s kind of like climbing a mountain; you look up every once in awhile but you need to focus on the steps in front of us. I think we all have something that we might struggle with or want to set a goal for  whether it be addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, shopping etc), health issues, getting exercise or whatever your challenge might be. Getting through those struggles and achieving the goal can be hard. I like to use the example of my excursion to the frozen lighthouse in January. It was a long walk over some pretty slippery icy conditions. I really had to focus on where I was going because of the unstable footing. Every once in awhile I would look towards the lighthouse just to keep my eye on my goal. As I got closer, things got a little more treacherous. Some people decided they had went far enough. I started asking some people that I knew had been to the end…”Is it worth it,” I asked. Overwhelmingly I heard YES! That gave me the push and encouragement to push on. And yes….as you can see from my pictures, it was worth it!! Now isn’t that how a lot of things work? We look to those who have already traveled the path we are on. It might be your pastor, a group leader, a fitness trainer, someone in a career you have dreamed of, do you think they believe it it worth it? Look to those who have walked the path before us and don’t miss out on any adventure. Yes, you might have to work for it, because that is how achieving goals works; we have to put a little effort in. So tell me, what is something you have wanted to do? Do you know anyone you can ask, is it worth it?

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Peace,

Julie

15 Minutes

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What can you accomplish in 15 minutes a day?  Do you have a list of things that you have always wanted to do, but never seem to have time to tackle, such as organizing your house, , learning how to knit, paint, sew or speak French?  The list could go on and on.  These are just a few of the things I’ve heard others say they want to try or I’ve thought about myself.

Two years ago, I really wanted to chronicle our adoption story.  I had kept a personal journal and a blog throughout the adoption process, but I really wanted to put it all together in a story that I could one day share with Little One.  I kept putting it off because it seemed like I never had a chunk of time to sit down, gather my thoughts and write.

One of my New Year’s resolutions that year was to spend 15 minutes three times a week writing.  It took me two years, but I kept my resolution and completed our story-all 92 pages!  So although 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time, it adds up!  Even weeks when I was super busy, 15 minutes was always doable.  The feeling of accomplishment I had when the project was completed, motivated me to keep up my 15 minutes of writing.  Who knows, maybe one day I can write that Great American novel!

What about you?  Do you have a dream you have been putting off because you don’t have time?  I challenge you to commit to 15 minutes a few times a week to make it happen!  Just 15 minutes!

~Blessings,

Jen

You Are Loved!

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“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:39 (NIV)

Happy New Year!  I love the New Year with crisp, fresh calendars and planners and  a whole  year stretched before me with new, exciting possibilities!  I also like to write resolutions or goals,  I find they help me focus my attention and do things that might never get done if I don’t put pen to paper.  I usually don’t accomplish all of my goals, but I have high hopes each year and little by little I see improvements in my life.  (Like starting this blog with my sister! )

I came across this verse during a devotional reading this week, it is a favorite of mine and I wanted to share it with you. As you look ahead to this year, take these words to heart and know that you are loved.  God formed you and He loves you as His special and unique creation!  So as you go through this year, working toward your goals or resolutions, through the ups and downs (hopefully more ups than downs), hold these words close and feel the comfort they give.

I wish you many blessings in 2014!

Jen