I have been thinking about my focal words for this year recently. I chose balance and focus. I have been reading a really good book entitled, Flourish by Mary Jo Tate. (Watch for the review coming soon!) This book has caused me to think about my goals and really being intentional about my life again. I find that halfway through the year, I tend to lose my mojo and begin to stall out in the motivation category. Add in summer break and I really just want to chill. This is nice for a few weeks, but then I start feeling pressure to get things done before school starts back. Here are the things I am learning in regards to each of these words at this time in my life.
I have been putting off some tasks that I wanted to get done this summer, because I thought that it would take all day to do them. I made a commitment with myself to just try to work on them 30 minutes each day. I have finally started to see some progress. Here are some of the things I have accomplished this week by using this process.
- clean out my junk drawer
- get rid of a big stack of papers that needed sorting/filing – still working on this project
- cleaned the vinyl on my back porch
- bathed the dog
- worked on annual homeschool assessments for my kids – still working on this project
- backed up photos from my iPhone – hoping to finish this project tomorrow
As I have started to just BEGIN some things this week, I have been surprised by the progress. If you are feeling stuck and unproductive, try just picking something that has been bugging you and just GET STARTED. Even if you only have 15 minutes a day, you will start moving forward. I have also been meditating on the fact that my ideal in my head and the reality of my life are two different things. If I am always focused on the ideal, I will never be happy with my reality. Meditating on this has been really making me realize how discontent I can become if I am not present in my reality. Coming to grips with my reality has given me a new level of contentment with my life.
I have been reminded of the importance of saying “no” and I am finding a greater balance in my life. I have taken on fewer reviews, I have been putting my phone down more, I have been trying to spend more time with my kids and husband and I have been trying to step away from the computer more often. Balance is also about keeping Christ at the center of my life. When I filter all my activities, opportunities and encounters through His eyes, I realize the things that are most important.
I hope you will be encouraged today to find more FOCUS and BALANCE in your life.