2012 hasn’t gone exactly like I imagined it. I wanted this to be my year of purpose, of organization, of focus. As I look back over the past few months I feel like I have failed miserably in many ways. I have been getting by – but in all honestly I feel like that is the most I can say. I do laundry when it is so bad that it has to be done, I get so tired of myself that I work out a few times and then slip back into the same patterns – the list goes on. I am not sharing this with you to be a downer or to add to my self frustration – I am sharing this because I have determined to do better. I long for days when I lay down at night feeling productive and accomplished – I am so very tired of just getting by.
There are a few areas of my life that desperately needed to be refocused and made over.
I absolutely love being organized. I get way too much joy out of lists and color coded tabs. Somehow in the craziness that is 2012 I have missed the boat on organization. I am feeling the pressure from this at work and at home. Some of my goals for this area include keeping up my daily and weekly cleaning checklists, keeping our home mail organized, staying on top of my home/work schedule, and clearing my desk at work each day before I leave.
I want to be healthy. I have been working on this area, but I still have a long way to go. This area is definitely a work in progress, but our summer trip to the beach is quickly approaching, so it’s time for a jump start. Goals include working out at least 4 times per week, staying in my daily calorie range, and tracking all the food that I eat.
I know that I have gotten lazy in my personal devotion time. I want to spend time each day focusing on the Lord – I know this is something I have been missing. Discipline in this area is something that I have always struggled with, but I want to make it a priority in my actions as much as it is a priority in my mind.
So – as a result of all of this, you can expect to see posts that focus in on each of these areas as I am working through them. There is still so much of 2012 left to live and I feel like it can still be the year for all of these desires to be reflected in my life. There are so many incredible things happening in my life all around me and I am ready to start enjoying each moment. Getting each of these things in order is going to allow me to do just that.
My encouragement today is coming from Hebrews:
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
I want to train myself in discipline because I know that although it feels almost painful sometimes to choose a salad over pizza, but I know that the temporary satisfaction I would get from dear old Papa John would not be training my body or producing a “harvest of righteousness” – I need to get it together and focus on the things that will stick around.
So, welcome to the new re-focused Our Life. I want to be honest with you as I fumble through some of these things. My hope is to share the good days and the less good days and to hear about how you are doing as well.
How has 2012 been for you? Did you have goals for the year? Do you feel like you have been able to work toward accomplishing them?