Easter Sunday—-2K14

Happy Easter to all!

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This day finds me a bit happy, a tad sad, with a little hope thrown in.  I’ve neglected my blog as of late simply because my life is boring, quite frankly.   I do all the things that everyone else does.  I have a wonderful bundle of two year old joy that keeps me entertained.  I try to exercise.  I try to read.  I attempt to write.   I avoid cooking and cleaning as much as possible.  I have a stack of laundry that begs for my attention.  It’s really the same, ol’, same ol’ day after day.  I feel that I don’t have anything profound to say anymore.

I just feel quiet.

But today is Easter and so in an attempt to preserve some family memories, I’ll blog.

I’m happy today because I’m so truly blessed with every good thing that really matters in this world:  family, friends, faith, and health.

I’m a tad sad because we haven’t been to church for the past two Easters.  We have yet to find a good church home and that makes me sad.  Recently, when we went back to our hometown we visited our church and it was so wonderful, so refreshing.  I wish my dear old Briarwood would pack up and move here, then I would have the perfect world.  Sure, I understand that I don’t need a church to worship, I can worship right in my own front yard,  but I miss the fellowship and the sharing with a body of believers.

But of course, I keep my hope and I believe good things are always heading my way.  A wonderful church, included.

For Easter Sunday, we did the “thing”.  We colored eggs and had an egg hunt.

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We attempted to take a family picture with a self timer on our camera.  I regret to inform you that we did not get a good one.  Big surprise!

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The house is now scattered with candy wrappings and EK is green up to her elbows.

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She fell asleep after her sugar crash reading Beauty and the Beast and I am soon to join her for a little siesta.  All in all, I’d say we had some great Easter success.

 

Most importantly….

He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today.

You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.

I sang that to EK today, and she got a kick out of it, especially when I tried to hit the high notes.

I hope you too had a blessed Easter, spent with your loved ones celebrating the true meaning of the day.

God Bless you and yours.

 

 

 

Word.

Two years ago, around this same time, there was some kind of hype going on about not making any resolutions for the new year, but instead choosing a word that you would make your word for the year.  I don’t know, something like relax, or faith, or growth.  My friend brought it to my attention.  She chose the word BREATHE, so I thought, what the heck.

I chose the word CREATE.  I wanted nothing less to create wonderful writings.  Also to create some interesting crafts, grow a great garden, create a home from a  real dump we were living in.  It’s funny how things work.  What I ended up creating is sleeping next to me right now, curled into a little ball, her little Clifford binky lying beside her.  It makes me smile thinking of it.  The irony.

This year, my friend’s word is RELEASE and her husband is playing along.  His word is HUMILITY.

2013 was good to me.  We moved away and that was hard.  It still is, but overall the year was good.  This year, I’ve made a few resolutions and I’ve also chosen a word.  My resolutions are more like goals and my word is DILIGENCE.  I must have diligence in order to accomplish my goals.  My focus for this year 2014 is going to be writing and my health, aka my dress size.

When I was teaching school, there were two things we did that I pretty much hated to do, but were necessary for success.

The number 1) we kept a planner of what each day’s lessons were.

and  number 2) we made goals for the kids.

We looked at where they needed to be at the END, and we set SMART goals.

specificmeasurableattainablerelevant and time-bound.

The resolutions of “I’ll lose weight, I’ll study the Bible more, I’ll exercise” are too generic.  They are more like hopes and wishes with no action plan in place.

“I’ll lose weight” needs to have a measurable amount, how much weight are you wanting to lose?  It needs to be attainable, not 100 pounds before summer.  It needs to measured (by a scale or measuring tape) and it needs a deadline.

A better way to state the goal is:  “I will weigh X pounds by March 1.”

That goal is specificmeasurableattainablerelevant and time-bound.  Then on March 1, evaluate your progress and set a new goal.

Now, wake up everybody!  I know that was boring, but it was necessary.   I like setting goals and the truth is, I can usually attain whatever I’m after if I have the written goal and a plan of action.  So, after that lesson in goal setting, I give you mine.

GOAL #1–My Body:

– lose 16 pounds by March 10, my 39th birthday.

How:  Incorporate a clean eating meal plan that I’ve already gathered.  Spend each Sunday doing meal prep for the week for breakfast and lunch.  And exercise to my home video Slim in 6 4 days a week, alternating days.

I’ll be following this Clean eating plan for the first 14 days with some modifications.

http://www.blessthismessplease.com/2012/11/eating-clean-2-week-plan.html?showComment=1352329785873

GOAL #2—My Mind:

Write!

How:  1)Blog once a week or more (every Tuesday).  2)Write one Helium article per week. 3) Finish a book I’m working on by March 31st.  In order to do that I need to write a minimum of  1000 words a week 4 days a week.

Read!

How:  Read at least one book every month—-12 books by year’s end.

GOAL #3—-My Spirit:

Maintain a positive attitude and practice gratitude.

How:  Continue writing in my gratitude journal.  Make 3-5 entries every night.

GOAL #4—-My Soul:

Grow my faith in Jesus.

How:  Spend at least 10 minutes daily in Bible reading, journaling and prayer.  Memorize the Book of Colossians following the plan for memorizing 2 verses a week, following this schedule:

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2011/01/the-seven-habits-of-highly-effective-bible-memorization-habit-1-for-a-new-year/

Yes this is a lot, I am no dummy.   And quite honestly, I didn’t want to post them.  I thought to myself that I would just keep them written down for only my eyes to see, but there I go losing ALL accountability.

So I share them with you all, my friends, who I know will be rooting for me.   It will take DILIGENCE on my part.  And one more small little thing called FOCUS.  So in order to focus more on my goals, I am erasing distractions from my life, the number one distraction being facebook.  I will be deleting FB from my phone, and only allowing myself to get on fb from my computer, which I don’t use nearly as much as my phone.

2014 will be my year!!!

Bring it!

Oh, yeah……forgot to mention.  I’m starting next week.  I’m away from home and although it may sound like an excuse, it’s a better guarantee for success for me to be at home.

How about you?  Resolutions?  Or a word?  Or both?

Share with me if you’d like.

Happy New Year!!!