I took this picture while camping with my older son last weekend. The reflection of the trees upon the water mesmerized me, so I ducked away from photographing boys fishing to capture a few shoreline shots.
That word pretty much defines this past week for me. A week ago, I acknowledged that I can’t get everything done and something had to change. This week was all about giving an honest look at deficiencies in my life. Here are some things I want to do more:
- Nurture my relationship with God by spending at least 15 minutes a day reading scripture or devotionals – without distractions;
- Work on my novel expanding Ellie’s story (which I posted here as a series of Trifecta challenge entries, beginning in May 2012);
- Make better food choices (after the 5-pound tub of Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough I bought “for the kids” is gone :));
- Exercise more (which should help get rid of the 22 extra pounds that have found me over the last year);
- Get at least seven hours of sleep each night;
- Stress less about what I’m not getting done; and
- Celebrate family time- especially when life is at its busiest.
I do realize that many of these things require time. It figures. I’m all out of time. Since I can’t have more than 24 hours in my day, I know I’ll have to cut back in other areas. (My first thought was to eliminate housekeeping, but sadly, those 30 minutes a week won’t get me very far!)
It’s obvious my time management needs some fine tuning, but now that I have goals in front of me, it should be easier to examine. Should is the key word.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)