Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I want to...

+ Write and send more hand written notes. I have received two really sweet, hand written cards recently that not only reminded me how fun it is is to get good 'ol snail mail, but really encouraged me.
There is just something about a person taking the time to write out a note. It feels so much more personal and makes the other person feel so special. I want to do that for others. 

+Act on the "should's" more. So many times I feel a little nudge in my spirit that says I should do something. I should send that person a little gift. I should tell that girl how pretty her eyes are. I should get up and make Brandon a special breakfast. I should pay for that persons coffee.... I want to act on those more. Sometimes it's my own insecurities that keeps me from doing them. Like what will they think of me. Will they think I'm crazy? Sometimes it's my own procrastinating or straight up laziness. But either way, knowing I should do something and then not following through with it? I don't want to do that anymore.

+Say no to more. I know this sounds like a contradiction to what I just said, but it's really not. I'm realizing more and more that the more things I can say no to, the better attention, effort and/or energy I can put into the things I say yes to. I have a tendency to want to say yes to everything and everyone and then I find myself stressed and tired. I want to say no to the things I know I need to say no to. Even if it means someone may not be happy with me, or I may lose out on a good opportunity. I want to know I put my priorities first (God, husband, kids, home) and gave those my best. Instead of my "good enough."

+Take more pictures with my "real" camera. I think most of Mia's childhood has been documented on my iphone. That's pretty pitiful.

+Write more. Brandon and I are talking about how to make that happen. Like setting time aside for me to be able to go somewhere and just write out my heart. There are way too many distractions for me at home and finding the time has become more and more difficult. I used to think that this was how it had to be for now. My season as a mom of young children is short and precious. I still believe that, but I also believe God has given me a gift-- not necessarily saying that writing is my gift, but sharing is. Sharing where I've been and where I am. It's my passion. And this is a platform He's given me. I want to use it more wisely.

+Run another half marathon. I start training for it this week and part of me is really excited, but the other part of me is really nervous. I am still processing through my last experience and plan to write more about it.

+Have another baby. This is something else I'm still processing through and plan to write more about it.

+Write out my story. I kind of don't like the title "My Story" because it sounds so definite. So "beginning" and an "end." And really my story is still unfolding with each new day. But I definitely have a story to tell, with lots of little stories in between the bigger ones. And when people come to meet me here, I want them to know where I'm coming from and who I am and what's made me this person.

+Smile more. It's one of the tools we have to spread love. I think generally I am good at this, but lately I have noticed people who don't smile just look so unhappy. Not only that but I think when I'm not remembering to smile at people, then it's because I'm caught up in something else. Thinking about, worrying about, or just stuck in my own head. Consumed with myself and my own little world. I want to remember to be more present, wherever I am. Acknowledge those around. Look them in the eye and let them know I see them. Remembering to smile at the people I pass along the way is a good way to make me do that.  I feel like Mother Teresa said it well-- "Spread Love Everywhere You Go. Let No One Ever Come To You Without Leaving Happier."-- That's what I want.

+Buy new running shoes. But I'm totally lost on which are the best. I don't mean most expensive, just good running shoes that will make me run like a gazelle. Too much to ask?

+Make it a habit to wake up early. I have started this one since the kids went back to school last week. Instead of going back to sleep after they leave, I force myself to stay up. Literally I mean force. One day last week I walked back into my bedroom and I could feel my comfy bed calling me back. Like I think I seriously felt a gravitational pull in it's direction. But I stayed strong and willed myself to make it instead. I want to make getting up early a habit, because truthfully once I'm up, I love the morning. The quiet beginning of a new day is so sweet. And when I wake up early, I'm able to get my quiet time in before the day begins and that always makes for a better day.

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Those are just a few of the things I've been thinking about lately.
Do you have anything in particular you want to do?

On another note, I'm sure you noticed the new look. My dear friend Danielle helped give my blog a new, fresh look and it was just what I needed and hoped for. I am so in love with it.
What do you think?


23 comments:

  1. I love all these goals. I always say, Turn your to-dos into ta-das! You get it girl. I believe in you.

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  2. Thanks for sharing...it really encourages and pushes me because I have many similar goals!! I totally agree with smiling...sometimes I catch myself not smiling and I don't even know why, I'm robbing people of joy! Thanks for the reminder. And I love Asics for running shoes...they are the best! :)

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    1. you are so sweet Kristen! so glad I could encourage you a little today :) I heard Asics are awesome for running! I'm going to check into them!

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  3. Thanks for posting this... it inspires me to re-visit my goals! :) I love Brooks Adrenline running shoes (I run in a full size larger than my regular shoes).

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    1. Brooks are the others I want to look into. Did you get fitted at a speciality store?

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    2. Yes! When I first started running, I went to a speciality shoe store. I've been wearing the same shoe every year (10+ years)...no blisters, no lost toenails, no foot problems! :)

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    3. I think that is what I need to do. I just need to bite the bullet and commit to a good shoe. I just had no idea that when I finished my half last year, I'd be here a year later, still running and about to do another half.

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    4. Good luck! Let us know what you decide to get! Blessings to you...

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  4. Absolutely LOVE the new look on your blog! So fresh! ;) You have such a beautiful heart. Love getting to read your blog. xoxo

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    1. Eeeeee I love it too!!! Feel like I put on a super cute sweater and it just feels so RIGHT! haha ;)
      So glad you keep stopping by to read. Thank you Jenny :)

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  5. I absolutely love all of your posts! I dont even know you but I so enjoy reading everything that you write. You inspire me in so many ways and push me to be a better person and follower of Christ! Thank you for the time that you put into writing because it affects so many people and the Lord has used it to speak to my heart. You're a blessing. (And you're family is the most beautiful thing on the planet)

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    1. Raegan, you made me cry! thank you for those sweet words. They truly mean so much to me.

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  6. WHOA another baby!!!?!!?! You do make such beautiful kiddos who are making this world a much better place to live. Great idea!!!

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    1. yes girl! We've always known we want 4!
      :) Thank you for those sweet words. It's my hope and prayer that we raise them to make a difference in this world!

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  7. Awesome goals. I love your list!! I've been trying to be really intentional about more had written notes too. Such a small but sweet way to make people feel really loved :)

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  8. I LOVE the new look! It's perfect- simply, classy, with just a bit of pizazz. :)

    Since starting the school year a few weeks ago, I've made a point of having 45-60 minutes in the morning before rushing out the door for work. I thought that losing that hour of sleep would be brutal, but knowing how peaceful that quiet morning time is actually makes we want to wake up so that I don't miss it. But I definitely know the gravitational pull you're talking about- it's real. ;)

    Can't wait to read more about your hope for another baby, your story, and your plans for another 1/2 marathon. Go you!

    Oh, and for shoes, I went to one of those places that figures out the best shoe for your foot (ours is called Big Peach Running Store, but I'm sure there are plenty around the country!) and bought a pair from there one time, and now I buy my replacement pairs on Amazon or Ebay to save money. I'm glad I went though- I wear Mizunos and would have never tried those if I hadn't gone to that place!

    Have a sweet week, Laura!

    ~Heather

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  9. Try RunOn in San Antonio. They will analyze your gait and get you into shoes that are right for your running style and your feet. It made all the difference in the world for me.

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  10. I found you recently on Instagram and then found your blog! You have such a great spirit. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on books for moms. I'm a new momma and looking for something to read that speaks to the new mom in me and will help me guide my son and maybe inspire my hubby a little too!

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    1. Hi Jacey! How sweet! what is your instagram name so I can find you on there too?!
      One book I love is by dr. james dobson called bringing up boys. i read it when my son was younger.
      really good!

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  11. I feel like I could have written almost everything on your list for myself (down to the running shoes!). Fitting everything in is so tough, and I wonder if there ever really is a balance. Choosing a few things to focus on at a time is a great way to go!

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    1. for sure. God's been speaking to me about focusing on the thing important things...those that add value to our life as a family. not the ones that distracts or take away! it can be hard but when i pray and ask for God to direct my day, it becomes easier!

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  12. I love this post! That's a great list of goals. I love that you want to have another baby. I can't say enough about how awesome it is to have 4 kids and I'm only 6 weeks into this adventure. Best of luck to you!

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