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.
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?