What a strange and wonderful morning. Light didn't break until well after 8:00. Caiden is sick with flu and still sleeping. Corin went down for his morning nap around 8:30. It's quiet, peaceful & foggy. I've been waiting for some time to just sit. Think. Reflect. Dream and plan of the fresh slate ahead. It's a happy thing for me. I don't hate New Year's Resolutions. I think of them as habits. And that's a good thing.
Someone said last night in church..."Make good habits. They're as hard to break as bad ones." Oh yeah, baby. Good habits are good. They bring hope. For instance, I have a tendency towards tardiness. I don't like it, and I don't like to be made fun of about it. But..I have been thinking and watching myself and I have zoned in on what causes that bad habit. And I know how to fix it. All it takes now is chipping away at it every day. And so there is hope. I am not stuck with the things I don't like. I have power. Power to change and grow and be better. That is one of the most amazing lessons I learned in 2010. Lifechanging.
So I sat down and started writing. I thought it would be more paragraph-y. Long discourses and thoughts and steps and reasonings. Maybe I'll do that later. That kind of blathering keeps me focused and motivated and inspired. But for today, this is the list that zoomed from my heart to the keys.
The exciting thing for me is, this list is just full of hope. It isn't an unrealistic list of rules I just conjured up for myself that will disappear by February. It's a fresh typing on a fresh sheet, but they are things I have been working on already....developing, learning, failing, getting back up, analyzing, trying, succeeding. Blood, Sweat and Tears!! Well....Lots of sweat and tears, hardly any blood, really.
Some of them are well-established habits that I added to the list because I am eager to maintain. Some of them are soft-boiled habits. They've been coming along, but need some solid pant-kickings. Some of them can't be called a habit yet, but they have been brewing in my heart. I care very much, but just need to make them daily. And a couple of them I'm doing, but if they don't end up being habits I won't get my bloomers in a bunch. (Who wants to stress over a reading schedule, really? Been there, done that in college and grad school. Now I read cuz I want to.)
Habits to Maintain, Develop, & Improve
Look for daily beauty. Capture moments.
Write it down. Come and see!
Don’t be late. Start earlier. Get there early. Plan ahead.
Photo: Caiden's at-home Preschool Fun
Be happy. Be content. Be present. Choices, all....So Choose.
Organized home that we all love. Daily Double. Zones. Projects. Maximize Mornings. Just do it.
Photo: Grandma's fireplace - now at the center of our home
Simplify. Keep saying no.....To clutter, stress, worry,
& over scheduling. Sarah loves MARGIN!
Photo: Just a normal old day. Made better by candlelight.
Run! Keep running & racing.
April 30, 2011: 13.1
June 11, 2011: 26.2 (?!)
So there they are - in no particular order and the list will probably morph as the year progresses. But here's to today.
I wish you blessings and peace and happy habits this year!