The year is one-third over. Four of twelve months have gone by, and it’s difficult not to sound like a cliche with time flying. Time is flying.
I didn’t feel the first three months bear down this quickly. I definitely felt the weight and intensity of April as I worked toward making progress on the goals.
- Spiritual ~ Maintain daily quiet time and prayer, following current Bible reading plan. Journal responses and thoughts that result from that time. Spend time in stillness. Read one faith-based book/month.
Judges, John, Psalms, Proverbs were the focus of Bible reading. Judges feels especially timely, and I find odd comfort in the book as expressed in this post which I recently shared to much positive feedback. This month I read The Monks of New Skete ~ in the Spirit of Happiness for my faith-based book.
- Family ~ Connect with Steve intentionally each week on a heart-level. Risk sharing something scary or overwhelming inside of me with him during that time. Connect with at least one child intentionally each week. Keep track. Make the most of one~on~one impromptu moments that arise with the children. Keep track.
Steve and I work hard at taking time together, and I continue to work on risking honest sharing during that time. We also began an online ecourse together this month that we are trying to work through. What is supposed to take two weeks will take us longer, but we will get there.
I connected in various ways with the children. Kieran and I went tux shirt shopping together. That counts! Kirk and I hung out at A Bowl of Good one piano afternoon. Chloe and I went skating together for a final hurrah with the SVCC. We also began a new after school routine together walking Dewey. Kanah and I had Mommy and Roo and Toothless time at Starbucks.
Little Mae and I spend so much time together traveling to and from and being at school. This month that has to count. I will count letting her choose the songs to listen to on the radio as our interaction. It’s fun to listen to her sing and to hear what music she likes.
- Social ~ Connect with at least one friend for coffee or conversation time each week. Say yes to fun. Make an effort to have people over to the house again starting with once/month. Adult kids and their guests are a bonus and not part of this number!
There were planned friend times that had to be cancelled and unplanned friend times that happened. My friend, Beth, invited me for a planned Saturday morning breakfast and walk at her house. That all counts. Adult kids made their way here again, and I am going to have to let that be my having people over for now. For fun I went to Roanoke to spend the night with my adult son and watch one of his middle schools perform the musical Lion King. I also participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk with the family for our friend, Danielle.
- Physical ~ Do 20 minutes of yoga at least five times a week. Longer or more times is a bonus. Improve flexibility in my down dog. Practice presence on the mat. Consider walking Dewey as an opportunity to get exercise and fresh air and not an annoying burden built into my already full day!
I am consistently doing yoga, and Chloe and I walk Dewey together after school now. That gives us some mother/daughter together time.
- Teaching ~ Organize my teaching materials and office space. Write an encouraging note to one student/week recognizing individuality and strengths.
I worked hard on the organizing this month. The office space is looking much better. I have four notes to write to finish out the year.
- Personal Development ~ Pursue the Allender Center’s Lay Counseling Certificate. Read one book per month related to personal growth.
This month’s big news is that I was accepted to the program! I paid the deposit to secure my spot and am an official participant. I am working on the funding piece, now. This month’s personal growth book was How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill.
- Ministry ~ Attend Stephen Ministry meetings regularly. Participate actively. Return to worship team rotation at least once per cycle.
These are the goals that I failed to achieve this month. I missed both Stephen Ministry meetings due to family situations and commitments. I am grateful for gracious ministry leaders and cohorts who understand when my plates are all crashing to the ground, or when I need to be with my family for an important event. I wasn’t scheduled to be on worship team this month but missed the worship team retreat due to a full schedule and lots of cracks for things to fall between.
- Financial ~ Take intentional time with Steve to go over the family finances and budget and grow in understanding of our financial goals together.
This continues to be a growth area. We are working hard to tighten up certain areas in order to have room in others. With the certificate program a reality now, I am working to achieve the financial part that goal by being even more careful with where money is spent. For example, I gave myself a hair trim rather than spending money on one, and it didn’t turn out too awful!
- Writing ~ Schedule intentional time each week to write and work on the blog. Submit one Red Tent post for consideration each month.
This month I wrote 13 posts on the blog and submitted to Red Tent on the topic Be Embraced. I also had a re-post on the Journey Counseling blog. I have yet to find that magical scheduled time to write!
Thank you for being curious about the goals and for sticking with me if you have read this far! This time of year, novelty has worn off and reality has settled deeply.