As the New Year has started, our typical Northwest winter weather has hit! Rain. Rain and more rain. I’m already over it and we’re barely into January.
I saw a little boy running and jumping in the rain today. For some reason it stopped me. I thought, how often do we run in the rain? How often do we abandon ourselves to childlike play?
So much of this adult life is about responsibilities. About serious things. Growing up so often means leaving childish play behind.
How do you approach a new year? Do you set goals? Create schedules and plans? Map out a plan to achieve new heights?
While setting goals and having dreams are all good there’s something to be said for easing into even more or greater responsibilities. Perhaps as we start a fresh year; with renewed hope for all the new brings; perhaps we may learn to dance or sing or play; maybe even in the rain.
I heard someone say the other day; what if you behaved like your life depended on it?” Would you show up? Take action?” This has me thinking deeply. What would be different? What would I change if my life depended on my every action?
We don’t like to think about our mortality, but it’s there every single day. Paying attention to it or not doesn’t change the fact that we have an expiration date. That this life experience will end.
So why aren’t we living like our life depends on us showing up and having the best life we can? Because really every day depends on us showing up and doing all the things we have to so we can pay our bills, feed and cloth ourselves and take care of those that depend on us.
And we might as well be enjoying this life as much as possible! This life is supposed to be Full of Abundance! What are you doing each day to create more of what you enjoy?
Join me as I dive deeper into what I’m doing to live more abundantly. 😊
How often do you find yourself making excuses for why you are not where you want to be? Are you trying to lose weight but you just can’t? Are you tired of feeling broke but you just can’t get ahead for whatever reason? Are you not happy with your relationships and they always seem to be the same but you don’t know why?
There are so many ways in which we make excuses for the things that are not going “right” in our lives. Often we find other people are the target for these reasons; “My spouse doesn’t support me.” “I have kids” “My boss is too demanding.” We have all heard or even used these at one time or another. Or we blame that we are too busy. We do not have enough money. Or the classic; I am just too tired!
Thinking about the last quarter of this year and wanting to meet my personal goals that I set out for myself back in January has me taking a look at the excuses I allow myself. I have used the I am too tired more times than I can count. That I have too many other things on my agenda to make room for a workout. I am learning new things at work I do not have time to take that class I have been interested in.
Excuses do not make us feel better when we do not accomplish a goal. Excuses do not excuse bad behavior. Bottom line for me they are not a good enough reason to not accomplish my goals.
We ALL have the same amount of hours in each day. We are ALL busy in some fashion. We ALL have things that distract us. But what sets those who finish and meet their goals apart from those who don’t? I am convinced that one of the key differences between goal setters and goal achievers is excuses.
Those who complete their goals know that they can come up with (at times legitimate) excuses BUT they DO NOT sit down in their excuse! Goal achievers press on DESPITE them. They want the accomplishment MORE. They are willing to move their mind and body to take the actions needed to work around the excuses and get it done!
They are up early. They are up late. They work on their lunch break. Eat off the lighter menu. Plan meals ahead of time. Set up automatic reminders. Have accountability partners. Goal achievers have found ways to work around and with their excuses rather than allow them to derail their progress.
As I am planning these last few months of 2020 and wanting to see some specific goals achieved I am planning for how to work with my excuses and not let them stop me anymore! I have set up walking time everyday to meet my goal of a healthier lifestyle. I have an automatic payment set up so I can meet my goal of saving more. I wake and read a few minutes everyday so I can meet my goal of reading a set amount of books this year. And this list still needs more updating and planning.
What are you doing to combat your excuses? Have you checked in on your goals and dreams in awhile? There is still time in this crazy year to get things completed! You can do this!
Yesterday marked 3 years of blog writing! So much has changed since that first post.
I started blogging as a way to release all the thoughts and feelings I was dealing with in a season of turmoil. Writing was cathartic. By connecting with others through this open forum, some of the pain in that season was lessened. It was helpful to connect and share with others who may have been going through similar times. During that first year of blogging I learned a lot about myself and how to heal.
The last couple of years have been so far removed from that season that my writing has changed. It is fun and rewarding to see all that has happened in my life throughout that time. To be able to go back and read old posts and see the growth is a special kind of gift.
If you have ever thought about writing a blog; I am here to tell you to go for it! Just start writing. Do not over think and over plan; just write what comes naturally to you.
My hope in sharing this blog has been that I can offer hope and encouragement to others. I have been through some tough seasons (who hasn’t) and I believe we all have something to share from those times. I found that this was a great place to release and share those learnings.
Thank you to all that take the time to read the musings of a gal with too many words in her head. I appreciate everything the past 3 years have brought. This life is truly hard but filled with amazing abundance!