Oct 31, 2014

The End | Day 31


I did it!

I've written thirty-one posts for the month of October and it was most certainly a challenge.  Each week my urge to give up would increase a little more than the last.  Especially towards the end there when I was so close to finishing.  As I've mentioned before, I don't always finish things and I actually thought from the very beginning that this would be one of those things that I didn't finish.  I thought I'd make it a week at best.  But look at me, here at the finish line.  I feel quite proud!

A few takeaways:
  • Thinking about what to write every single day is tough.  It can be done, but it's tough.
  • If I really wanted to, I could write 2-4 post per week.  If I really wanted to.
  • I have the ability to encourage myself.  When I wanted to quit this challenge, I forced myself to write another post.  I need to apply this ability to many other areas in my life.
  • I've wondered how my audience views me.  I wonder if they think I'm overwhelmed or unhappy, a pessimist or complainer.  I hope I've just come across as real, content and human.
  • I've wanted to hone in on every little thing.  Be the best at everything.  Get everything done. 
    But, ultimately I've found that I need to stop being so hard on myself and extend myself some grace.  
  • Lastly, I thought a lot about how I spent my time as I went through this process. Time is valuable. Spend it wisely.  
I hope you've enjoyed this series.  I most certainly have.  
Yet, I'm thankful that it's over.

You can click {here} to read every post in this series.

The end,

31 Days of Writing Series: 
Day 1 - 31 Days of #HoningIn
Day 2 - My Morning
Day 3 - Appendicitis
Day 4 - Choosing Him
Day 5 - Me
Day 6 - Work
Day 7 - "Poppin' Pills"
Day 8 - Patience
Day 9 - Sleep
Day 10 - Support
Day 11 - Running
Day 12 - Help
Day 13 - Owl Costume

Oct 30, 2014

Time | Day 30


The older you get the quicker time flies.

This month I've spent a lot of time thinking about how I spend my time; this challenge has done that for me.  As you get older you tend to get caught in a rut of doing the same things over and over, not really thinking about the events of each day.  Before you know it it's the end of the year...again.

Are you making sure that life isn't just passing you by?!
Are you spending a lot of time:
  • Working
  • Watching TV
  • Web surfing
  • On Social Media
  • Procrastinating
  • "Relaxing" (i.e., doing nothing)
  • etc.
When you could be:
  • Writing your vision and making it plain. -Habakkuk 2:2
  • Developing a business plan.
  • Researching and implementing ways to reduce debt and build wealth.
  • Budgeting, meal planning, making grocery lists.
  • ...and the list goes on!
I'm not suggesting that we shouldn't take the time to wind down, to relax, to do mind-less tasks.  By all means, de-stress, and enjoy life!  Just make sure that you aren't spending too much time being idle. There is the potential to accomplish so much in this life, if only we learn to manage our time appropriately.  

Hone in,



Oct 29, 2014

Grace (for Moms) | Day 29


I'm too hard on myself.

I'm certain I'm hardest on myself in the area of parenting.  I want to be a good mom.  I want to make the right choices that allow my child(ren) to thrive.  I want to ensure that they eat the right things and don't watch too much television and learn, learn, learn and learn some more.  Yet, all that really, truly matters is that they are loved and feel loved.  That they have a roof over their heads and don't go to bed hungry.  That for the most part they're on track for their age.  That they enjoy their childhood.

I'm a good mom.  

I know that. Sometimes I have to say it and literally encourage myself with those words; I'm a good mom. I need to extend myself grace during the times that I'm not the perfect cookie-cutter mom that I've imagined a mom should be.

When there are piles of dishes in the sink, the floors haven't been mopped in weeks, smudges on the dining room table, and crayon markings on the window from weeks ago; I need to take some time to reflect. Those dishes are the result of a home-cooked meal, those floors show traces of food dropped by a little kitchen helper, that dirty table is the home of family dinners, and those markings, well, that’s an artist’s creativity at its finest.

If you stop by I’m doubtful that you’ll find a mess-free home or completed projects from the thousands of pins I have on Pinterest. I’m doubtful that you’ll find that I've taken the time to do my hair (specifically during the weekend -- thank God for cute hats in the fall) or that I've managed to shower before noon. But you probably will find Madison full of laughter throughout your visit. Puzzle pieces strung about from earlier in the day and books on the floor that we've read for the millionth time. And hopefully you’ll take note of that fact that I don’t stink, whether I've taken a shower or not ;).

If you could see behind closed doors you’d see that I lose my patience. That I've raised my voice a time, or 'few'. That I've made plenty of mistakes while raising my little girl and will make plenty more in the years to come. But you’ll also see that I’m never afraid to apologize to my child, admit when I’m wrong and even ask her for forgiveness.

Raising child(ren) takes a lot of effort and there is no handbook or perfect model that can be followed. I need to remind myself of all the things I’m doing right and continually ask God to help me see and change the things I’m doing wrong. I need His grace to cover me during one of the most important tasks that He trusts me to manage.

Ultimately, as I've said before, I need to extend myself some grace.
I am a good mom.

Hone in,

Oct 28, 2014

Listening | Day 28


I don't listen to my husband very well. He's a rambler, bless his heart, and often times he tells me something important long after my mind has started to wonder during his story. Everything is a story, bless my heart

Here's a dramatization:

What he tells me:  "You won't believe who I saw today.  So, I left the house around noon after I dropped Madison off.  I went by the gym, worked out for a bit, and remembered that I needed to stop by Walmart to grab some toiletries.  I got some gas first at Sam's Club, because it's cheaper.  Did you know gas is under $3.  I filled that thang up!  Cost me less than $30.  Got to Walmart, got my toiletries, picked up some apples for Madison and grabbed some cinnamon rolls and donuts.  I might just get those donuts every time I go to Walmart.  On my way out guess who I ran into?  Your cousin.  She said she's ready to see everybody for Thanksgiving."
  
What he could have told me:  "I saw your cousin in Walmart today, she's looking forward to Thanksgiving."

As I type this he sits beside me laughing and reading along and admits that that is exactly how he tells me practically everything....and he plans to stop talking to me.  

But seriously, he really should stop talking to me if I can't take the time to listen to what he has to say.  Sadly, my Type A personality likes it when people get to the point, but it's really a sign of impatience, is it not?!  At best, my husband probably gets about an hours worth of my time per night during the work week.  The least I could do is give him my undivided attention and listen to his "stories".

...no matter how long they might be ;).  

Hone in,
 


Oct 27, 2014

The Fair | Day 27

We made our way to the NC State Fair yesterday.  We only rode on two rides (because fair rides just aren't safe) and tried some new food (elephant ears being our new favorite) and just enjoyed the time among friends.

Of course I always manage to get some cute pictures of my two loves.  
Maddie is always camera ready ;).  


I hate that I'm always the photographer and never in the pictures.  So here is a shot of me with the girl too.  BUT...the hubs has yet to learn how to work my DSLR. #shameful :)


It's cute though!

The weekend was long and eventful but I wouldn't trade the fun we had these past few days for anything.

Hone in,


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