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.
Fall, also known as my favourite time of year, boasts of crisp, sweatshirt weather, warm apple cider, and mouth-watering pumpkin pies. But it’s also a time of reflection and thanksgiving. So to commemorate the first of two Thanksgivings I celebrate each year, I’ve put together a list of 10 reasons of why I am feeling grateful today. I challenge you to stop this week and really reflect on all of the blessings you’ve been given, big or small, as well.
Here’s my list of 10 reasons I’m thankful (in no particular order, of course):
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.
It’s been one of those weeks. One where your to-do list screams at you to stay inside, tackle new blog content, catch up on laundry, and reorganize the pantry for the hundredth time. But even more so, it’s been a week where your heart nudges you to hug your child a little closer, soak in extra rays of sun, enjoy the fullness of everyday moments, and be still with God.
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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