At the beginning of January, I shared my body-related goals for the new year. Mid-January, I shared my mind-centered goals. This week, I’ll focus on goals that revolve around growing and soothing the soul.
Last year, I set a goal of growing my spirituality. This year’s goal is simply a continuation. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, and forget to take a step back, slow down, and reflect on all the good this life has to offer. Mindfulness. Of the good, the challenging, the world outside my own. I’ve set the intention of spending time each day to sit and reflect. Count my blessings. Ask for help with the challenges I’m facing. And to spend time in the word.
When I first set the goal to add scripture to my daily reading (last year), I didn’t really know where to start. After a bit of poking around, Googling this and that, I came across the She Reads Truth website. What began as a casual group of online strangers, all with the same goal -to be more intentional about reading His word- has grown into a whole community of women after the same pursuit. Their monthly plans –focused reading topics- have taken all the pressure -and to be plainly honest, downright scariness- of selecting the appropriate -read: right- passages. With an online platform, phone app, and purchasable prints, diving into each day’s reading couldn’t be simpler and more attainable.
It may seem more of a concept, and it is definitely not a tangible goal, but practicing daily patience is very high on my list of personal growth. To be completely honest, I am not the most patient of people. I have a slow-burning temper. It does generally take me quite a while to heat up enough to become angry . . . on the outside. Internally, I am quick to become irritable, critical, and have little to no patience. I guess I should applaud myself for being able to keep a cool exterior, and I am in no way trying to overlook that. In that aspect, I am proud of myself. However, being a bit of in internal hothead has its downside. Internally, things don’t always look and feel so pretty. So one of this year’s words is patience, patience, patience. I can imagine this will especially be key will all the new and exciting changes happening very soon . . . aka baby J’s coming arrival!
My last soulful goal for the year is definitely more on the fun, feel-good side. My husband and I do a lot of cooking at home. It’s healthier, and let’s face it, a whole heck of a lot easier on the ol’ bank account. But . . . one thing we tend to do is rotate through the same old recipes week in and week out. Don’t get me wrong, they are our tried-and-true favorites, but I don’t think there is anything wrong wanting to shake things up a bit. Now, I’m not aspiring to one day morph into Martha Stewart. Let’s be practical, with baby boy arriving in two months, turning on the stove will likely be a challenge in itself. I would however, like to experiment and test out more recipes.
Short. Sweet. Simple. I am not looking to turn myself inside out and upside down. Just to make little tweaks here and there that can help enrich this rad and happy life I live.