So here we are, already in April.
How are my goals going? Well it was a hard month. I had to forgive myself a lot, but in the end here I am, still alive.
I may have had to ease off the workouts when I got killer blisters on my heels – darn you cute shoes.
Spring break may have beaten the will for healthy food out of me with a LOT of Mexican food.
I did stress a lot because post spring break brings a new wave of emotion and terror for what life will look like on May 14th.
I’m here. I’m still willing to work. To be disciplined. To try. I forgave myself for a lot this month. I am back on top again though. I springboarded this Monday with homework finished, a good breakfast, a good workout, and free mental space to jump in and help others. Meal prep on Saturday gave me free time away from cooking and dishes to invest in projects and people.
So here I am on day 3 of April, and I started my next goal. Now that I have the discipline of spiritual health and physical health, it is time to add in creative health. If you hadn’t seen my instagrams, I am venturing into this month with Creative Sprint. 30 days of pushing your brain to think outside the lines, to tap into that childlike imagination and be able to apply it to adult problems.
So here we go. I am praying for continued grace this month.
So I have been using my Passion Planner for two months now and I have made discoveries and breakthroughs.
I think it is easy to set all of these goals, but when it comes to carrying goals out, there is no one golden formula that makes it easy for everyone. Some people need hard set dates, others don’t, some need it broken down into steps, so need a general guidance.
I had the opportunity to write about my life plan and how I am approaching not only the next five years but also my life goals. While spending time looking both backwards and forwards I saw why certain goals have stuck and why some have not. The ones that I approach with freedom to be flexible are the ones that work. The difference is grace.
When I give myself room for grace I am not looking up at a treasure on a pedestal instead I am looking down a winding road that has wonderful joy along the way. There are times to wander of the main road and times for a sprint straight for my goal. The thing is that we are human, we change every second, we are not the same person as we were yesterday and as we will be tomorrow, so why set goals for ourselves that don’t allow those changes.
So I set a focus for each month and work on that. I attempt to make improvements not finishing goals, but that from day 1 to day 31 I have grown in some way. So here I am, working out 3x a week and not just wimpy workouts, I sweat, I WERK. I meal prep on weeks I am stressed and have now easily limited my eating out to social functions. I read books and limit TV intake.
This doesn’t mean I will ever fall off course, and never did in the last two months. I did. But I found the discipline in me to get back up. It all started by setting a foundation of routine in my life of getting up and praying. If I have discipline to seek God and put Him as the bedrock to my life, then discipline in any other area is nothing!
Good luck to all of you as you seek to meander your way to a goal along with me!
So here’s an update on my goal of healthy habits for 2017. Originally I had a huge list of habits that I decided I did not want to be casual about, so here is my check up for February.
Let me just say it is a wonderful thing to have a planner to keep me on task. Especially being able to discover my best organization strategy with the flexibility of the Passion Planner. My habits rewards strategy has not worked as well as I anticipated, however it has revealed to be beneficial in ways I did not know would happen.
My whole structure was that I would check off the days I did my habits and reward myself with points to use towards certain rewards. The problem is I did not know what my January was going to look like and what time I would and would not have. Things like time to watch tv became moot when there were days my brain was so tired I could not even think (my chaotic 9 straight hours yesterday being one of them).
What has worked is being conscientious of these habits and seeing rewards loose their importance. Working out more consistently – even though most weeks I only make it 2 out of my goal of 3 days – is making me feel good and want to eat better. Cleaning house is frustrating when it feels like no one else contributes, but I choose to consider the emotional state of everyone in the house. I will let it go and worry about my space, but if me picking up the slack means everyone feels better, then why not? Spending consistent time with God is something I want to do, even if I cannot always get my mind in the place I want it, I am seeing the comfort of spiritual discipline and it takes precedence over watching the news in the morning.
I may not be the best at this pursuing a goal thing, but I see myself growing in discipline, awareness of myself, of others, and how these small things will grow into a foundation for health in my life.
Stop giving yourself excuses and get up and make something of your time. Choosing to not be casual about habits does not mean succeeding every week. Instead it means being aware that you are moving forward even when you fall two steps back.
We will see where we are when we hit March 1st!
I’M AN ADULT, therefore I owe it to myself and no one else to create healthy habits. It just makes life feel better. We already deal with so much junk in the world why let something like dirty dishes and trash get in the way of your joy and spiritual growth. You can be so much and do so much if you set yourself up.
Bad Habits are like ankle weights they drag your feet and create these troughs. You get comfortable where your feet have eroded the dirt over and over. You feel it you know it. One day you look up from your feet and your eyes are at the level of the ground.
Good habits are like a pulley they give you support the more you use it. They don’t let you get comfortable with the ground you trod, because you don’t notice it anymore. You are more concerned with the sky above and around you to notice you are walking on untouched soil.
So I challenge you to join me in this journey to develop good habits. I started by making a check list in my Passion Planner for all the things I’m trying to turn into steady habits.
Now, in no way am I perfect. I have already failed at some, but I do not just take it off the list and say well my goals are too big. NO. I leave it there to remind myself I can keep working to get better. Once those others are habits, I still have more work to do.
So to those of you who choose to join me, prayers and blessings as we pursue a foundation for growth in our life!