Hello and happy 2016 to everyone!
I hope all is well and everyone has recovered from the holidays.
I'm always eager to get life back to "normal". I enjoy Christmas as much as anyone else but usually the day after I'm ready to get the house back in order and get back into the daily routine of things. A house full of people always slows me down a bit and I find I'm not as productive as I should be. But the kids are back in school now and life has slowly fallen back into our regular schedule.
I've been doing a lot of thinking and planning. It seems the beginning of a new year is always a perfect time for reflection. About life in general, but also about things to come and about certain changes we'd like to make. I don't usually make resolutions mainly because I can't ever seem to keep them. But I would like to make a few changes.
I've decided I need to spend more time on myself. Not in a selfish way but I feel that I neglect myself a lot. I've been a stay at home mom for twenty plus years. My focus and dedication has always been on taking care of my family. I LOVE being a mom and wife. I love meeting those little needs for everyone. But over the years I've put myself on the back burner so to speak and have neglected my own needs and wants. Now I don't walk around in tshirts and sweat pants every day. Things aren't nearly that bad. I just think if I take better care of myself I will not only look better but I will also feel better about myself and have more to offer and give back to others in return. I've already checked out a few over forty fashion blogs and I've found a few that inspire me that I've added to my sidebar. I'm not wanting to make a drastic change. I'd just like to be a cuter version of myself. That's all. Wish me luck!
More importantly I'd also like to focus more on my walk with the Lord. Taking care of my outside body is all good and fine but what really matters is I take care and maintain the inner beauty, the heart. What could be more important? I've started off the year listening to Nancy Leigh Demoss on youtube. I find her very encouraging and she has a soft voice that's easy to listen to. It's a good way to fill my brain with good and positive thoughts and it feeds my spirit too. I also plan to squeeze in more reading time and my own personal Bible study.
Hopefully these little changes will have a positive effect on me.
In my personality,
If I can liken it to a work in progress. All you fellow crocheters and knitters will know what I'm talking about. Just like that afghan or sweater that we work so hard on. That we put in our labor of love because we want it to turn out just so. And in the midst of our work we can make changes and improvements to achieve a more pleasing result. Well that's kind of how I see myself. I am a wip. God is my creator and I am his masterpiece. My goal for this year is to let my little light shine. I don't want to hide it under a bushel. I would like to have a postive influence on others. Mainly my children but also for others.
Here's to a wonderful 2016
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.