On Goals And Good Intentions

Goodness it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything!
We had an extra busy holiday season, with my Mother-in-Law visiting us for three weeks over Christmas & the New Year; then soon after she left all of us came down with a yucky cold, and then just as we were all starting to feel better I threw my back out last Friday and am just starting to feel better. Whew! I keep waiting for life to slow down, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to have to make it slow down, because as I wait it just keeps getting more hectic!

I have had a New Year’s Goals post running around my head since Christmas, but as things kept happening I kept not getting it posted, and now it’s almost February! In past years that would have totally stopped me, & I would have felt like a failure or like I was playing catch up for the whole year. I tend to have grand ideas and love lists and planning, but I am not so good at the follow through. If I miss a day (or in this case, weeks), I feel like I am not good enough (again) and throw in the towel, because in my dreams and planning I don’t leave margin or allow that life is going to happen! And with three children three and under, LOTS of life is happening in our house! So this year? I am giving myself grace & embracing our chaos. It is okay to be writing my New Year post three weeks late. It is okay that I haven’t implemented our new routine yet because we’ve all been sick. It’s okay that we’ve been eating meals in the living room again because my back can’t handle the dining room chairs.  Those, and a million other things that were going to be different *this* year are all okay, because tomorrow is another new day, and by the grace of God His mercies are new every morning!!
I have read a great, brand new book on getting out of survival mode (which I think I’ve been in since my oldest, Hayden, was born almost four years ago!), and I will be writing a review post soon. I have completely overhauled my homemaking notebook (which is something else I felt like a failure about until I read the book in question), and am going to post about that, along with my 2014 goals, soon as well. But I wanted to say a quick “hi”, & to hopefully encourage any others of you who have felt like me in the past-that it is okay if you are behind where you wanted to be already this year, give yourself grace and start again tomorrow! Or the next hour, or the next minute, because it is never too late to start over again!

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