Nose to the Grindstone

Here we sit.  It’s January again.  People are making their resolutions and sharing them with the social media world.  Folks are selecting a word for the year.  In the past, I have done both.  But let me just be super honest with you about who I am.

I’m that person who sets goals and forgets them.  I’m the one who starts the multi-facited amazingly intricate project and dumps it two days in.  I am loyal to a fault.  I put HIGH priority on the people in my life… and low priority on the projects in my life.  My career takes precedence over that pile of laundry that I started folding two days ago.  It’s just how I am.  I have priorities.  And sometimes my goals just don’t rank high enough.  (Thus my declining number of blog posts in the recent past.  I’m still here!!)

So this year, I said goodbye to the thought of resolutions.  I said heck no to a word of the year.  I decided that right now all I can honestly plan for is this month.  So for the month of January, Becca and I will be learning about penguins and enjoying Jan Brett’s The Mitten.  That’s our school goal.  My personal goal is to find the JOY in every day – even the ones that seem crappy.  Pollyanna could teach me a thing or two on most days, and I’m determined to change that.  My health goal is to start the 52 day challenge at my gym and stick with it – building a healthier me for the future.  I plan to paint some, draw some, color some, and in general, spend my #TenMinutesCanMakeADifference #MeTime in art expression.

February?  Heck.  That’s a whole month away.  I might keep the same goals.  I might chose different ones.  Or everything might change about this tomorrow, and I might push everything over to February.  Because being a mom of two kids has reinforced a lesson God seems determined to teach me throughout my life – FLEXIBILITY IS KEY.

So what are you doing this month?  Are you re-organizing your whole house?  Are you cutting out certain foods?  Are you setting resolutions for the new year?  I hope you are figuring out where you are, who you are, and where you want to be.  I don’t know if I’m getting wiser as I get older, or if I’m just trying to find a way to explain some laziness.  But I think I’m finally just ready to cut the stress I tend to put on myself and truly enjoy the moments I have with my kids.  Work might only be able to wait ten minutes, but for that ten minutes I can relish every giggle, and hold in my mind every smile.

Author: travelwchristy

I am a SPED Paraprofessional who is mom to three beautiful children, a wife to a fabulous man, and blessed beyond compare!

3 thoughts on “Nose to the Grindstone”

  1. I’m definitely losing energy as each year goes by! I’m also focusing on one habit each month–January’s goal is to go to bed at 10:00 p.m. and leave my phone/laptop/iPad charging in the living room. I’ve been reading for a few minutes before I fall asleep OR (gasp!) talking with my husband! It also means that I’m not reaching for FB before my feet hit the ground in the morning, which has been much better for my marriage (and we’re only seven days in).

    Next week is when my crazy schedule picks up back–four weekly signing classes and my part-time job at church on Tuesday mornings. It’s been so nice to be home, but I know the girls will be glad to spend time with friends again.

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