I wanted to have a goal this year. As my children get older, I have a bit more time in life. One off to college, one driving, and the youngest almost 13 years old makes some breathing room for me.
So how do I make 2020 purposeful in a way that helps me become a better person?
I’m a bit ADHD so I’m easily distracted. I need focus. I have a love of literature and writing. I love alliteration.
For those of you who aren’t English inclined, nor have you relearned English with your children, alliteration is when several words start with the same letter.
You were likely introduced to alliteration by Dr Seuss. Remember Big brown bear, blue bull, beautiful baboon biking backwards, blowing bubbles?
It’s a fun to play with words. Plus it makes them easy to remember.
So with Focus, my mind went to the important things: (all beginning with F, of course)
Faith – I wanted to read through the Bible last year. Although I do some Bible reading or devotional daily, I’ve never stuck to a real reading plan. Did I mention my ADHD issue?
It’s Jan 1, and I will begin again.
Here’s the version I’m using:
Family – My children are college, high school, middle school. This means they are in the thick of becoming adults. They have their own agendas, and tend to pull away. That’s a good, natural process. That allows me to spend more time with just my husband.
It also means I must be very intentional about mothering them. My role has changed and now I’m more of a comfortable place rather than a needed provider.
I want to have great relationships with my adult children, allowing them to pull away but still want to come home.
Fitness – I must take care of my body! I exercise and eat fairly well, but not every day. I want to be focused and have a healthier body in Dec than I do in Jan.
We can get off track so easily. I am committed to focused, intentional exercise every day.
Friends – As adult women, we can get busy and forget the need for good friends in our lives. We need other ladies who will listen, support us, pray for us, and just be there when we need them. It’s important to make time for friends. I’m hosting a Mom’s Night Out at my house this weekend!
Fun – This wasn’t on my original list; however, God gave me this word as I was milking my Jersey cow this morning.
I had a warm, soapy bucket of water to wash the cow’s udder with. I got up to turn on the vacuum pump, turned back around, and stepped right in that bucket. I was wearing crocks and socks. 🤦🏻♀️
I had to laugh. What else could I do? In that moment God whispered the word FUN. We can’t be so serious and goal oriented that we forget to have fun.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
Proverbs 17:22 NLT