Maybe you can relate.
I want to do it all. And, I want to do it all well. The problem is… when I try to do it all, I end up doing nothing at all well. I far too often let my type-A, perfectionist personality steal joy, overshadow progress, and limit fruitfulness.
Maybe you can relate.
2016. The year I learned to stop striving for perfection and find satisfaction in making progress instead. The year I faced the reality that I can’t do life in my own strength. The year my heart refocused towards desiring the future God has set before me rather than one that “could have been.”
With this in mind, reviewing my incomplete 2016 S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals didn’t bring about the same stress of “failure” like it may have in the past. I made progress, therefore, I was successful. So here’s my challenge to you: as you reflect on 2016 and look to the future, don’t focus on last year’s inadequacies; instead, see the progress you made and look expectantly into 2017. You’ve got this!
Here’s the PROGRESS I made on the three personal S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals I shared in 2016:
Three Christmases ago, back in 2013, I remember spending hours on Pinterest, “pinning" the countless ways I planned to be an intentional mom during the Christmas season. I was debating whether I was going to do a chocolate Advent calendar or wrap up twenty-five Christmas books for the days leading to Christmas. I believed I'd be the creative mom making the cute felt tree for my toddler to decorate--or maybe even be gutsy enough to let him or her decorate our real tree. I dreamed up fancy holiday brunches and elaborate Christmas traditions to start as a family. And then Liam came.
And the exhaustion.
Let’s face it. I’m sure we can all agree there are certain tell-tale signs that show up when life falls out of balance. I can relate to many of these scenarios:
But instead of focusing on the negative, the remaining weeks of September we’re going to be discussing how to achieve the balanced life. After all, soon Fall will be in full swing making this a perfect time for a fresh start and new outlook. Coming up, I’ll be looking at balancing time and schedules as well as balancing lifestyles with diet and exercise. (UPDATE: Please read my post on October 10 of why the releasing of the next two posts have been delayed.)
But first, let’s look at three practical ways to make faith the foundation of a balanced life. The goal is to start looking up (to God) before setting out (on your day). And from personal experience, if you focus most of your effort here, I promise the rest will fall much easier into place.
Today is the first of July, which means a few things: it’s Canada Day over here, Beyond the Dinner Table just celebrated it’s 6-month anniversary(!), and we’re already half way through 2016! This also means it’s time to pull out those S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals and check on your progress towards achieving them. Whether it’s big or small, I hope you are feeling encouraged by your progress. However, I know some of you are feeling a little disappointed, and perhaps others have given up on goal-setting completely. But whether you’re feeling fantastic or frustrated about them — remember why you once wrote the goals. I’m guessing at one time you believed a certain goal was a priority, and the outcome of achieving it was truly valuable to you. If a specific goal is no longer important to you — throw it out! On the other hand, if you want to make that goal a reality, keep reading!
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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