I just finished reading a book by the brilliant Lara Casey. The book is called Make It Happen. There is a lot of self-reflection in the book. A lot of come to Jesus moments about what you are doing and if it has a purpose in your life, in his life.
A few different times in the book Lara says “write for 10 minutes” write everything that is in our your mind just write and don’t stop. Well, I have been missing my blog, but without a clear focus on what to write about, I didn’t want to post just to post. So, I came here today to do my 10 minutes of writing.
It is 6:10am right now, so I am going to power through until 6:20.
It is Wednesday morning and I am looking forward to my day at work. I have a parent-child group this morning and even though it is typically a small group, it is a wonderful time to talk with the parents and to really watch them interact with their children.
After that I am going to a “Pizza party”. My organization is holding a pizza party as a thank you to anyone who contributes to the employee giving throughout the year. I work for a non-profit and I have contributed every year. I will be attending that with two people on my team, that should be nice. Especially since that means, I don’t have to think about packing myself a lunch.
Paul is better today. He stayed home yesterday. His stomach was unsettled and “gurgley”. Luckily, he woke up this morning to his alarm and has decided that he is fine to go in today. Thankfully he didn’t end up with the strep throat that I am recovering from! Last Thursday, that had me at urgent care after I worked for 2 days to tame my throat on my own.
I’ve started a new daily routine, where I pray and say “Thank You” for every last thing that I can think of before I even open my eyes in the morning. After reading one or maybe some of the self-discovery books this year, I read that this was something intentional to do to connect with God each morning and knew that was for me. Stop reaching over for my phone, connect first thing. Ground myself and remind myself of what really matters. I spout out (only internally) everything that is on my mind. It starts with God, my family and my home. Then I get more specific about each member of my family, my friends, what about my home, my car, my job. I try to be thankful for every single thing in my life, even if there are specifics that I am not entirely happy with.
Last night I finished my 8th book of 2018. I can’t even believe it. I have been sitting on the couch reading at the end of my day instead of constantly scrolling through Facebook. I honestly am not knocking the scrolling, I just know that it wasn’t going to get me to where I wanted to be, where I was praying to be in 2018.
So…where is it that I am praying to be in 2018??? With my kids more and finding my joy again. The joy in the daily activities, my laughter and being able to not take things so seriously. I am making steps…oh I am that is for sure. Sitting on the couch and reading, sometimes there are dishes in the sink when I do this!!! Sometimes, I lay in bed until nearly 730 am and I straighten my hair instead of taking a shower in the morning (really before 2018 this happened like twice a year) so far in 2018, it has happened at least once a week. I am breathing, remembering to be thankful for each thing that comes into my life. Because for good or for bad, it is teaching me something.
Well, just like that I wrote for 10 minutes. I will be back with that idea. It is nice to get things out of your brain and onto paper….or the internet, but you know what I mean.
I hope that you all have a terrific Wednesday.