In last weeks blog, I shared a little about my story and how much I truly believe that some of the experiences I pulled through led me to truly appreciate and love the life that I have now. It’s a life that I fought hard for and made intentional decisions to nurture into what it is today.
I also believe that God gave me a platform to be able to share my story with you as encouragement to also create a life you love because life is certainly too short for anything but that…
Last week, we started with a simple task. Make a list. Write down things that fuel your heart, bring a smile to your face, and help you experience a sense of calm.
Did you make that list? If so, I’m (virtually) high fiving you now because I’m super proud of you for wanting more out of life than the ordinary overwhelm that tends to be the new “norm”.
Let’s dive a little deeper with that today! We are still keeping it pretty simple, but I promise you that these are building blocks for creating habits that lead to joyful contentment in our lives.
As we begin, look at your list. Now really consider each item that you wrote down. What needs to happen for the things on your list to be a regular part of your day, your week, your life? What can you do and prioritize for your list items to be a regular occurrence? Lets think of it as “In order to experience this, I need to make that a priority. Or “If I do this, I get to have that”. Very much a cause and effect type scenario!
I’ll go first using the portion of my list shared from last week.
My daughter’s deep belly laughs, Undistracted “Henley Mommy Time”
Quality time with my husband, Margin in our schedules
Early morning fresh air, Starting the day slow to savor the small things
The warmth of coffee on my lips, Prepping the coffee pot the night before
Spending time with the Lord, Scheduling time for rest and stillness daily
The clarity I feel after a work out, Committing to making my health a priority
Whats on your list? What are your “cause and effect” conditions?
Maybe something as simple as flowers were on your list. Plan to make a stop at the florist on Mondays after work.
Maybe reading a good book was on your list. Commit to reading for five minutes after you’ve climbed into bed each night.
As you piece this new list together, remember to keep it simple. Don’t overcommit yourself. Committing too big, too fast has a tendency to make us quit early on. Go big or go home doesn’t always apply. Remember that small changes have a way of producing big results. Start small and really commit to what you’ve set your sights on. Sometimes you’ll see the biggest, best results by moving forward slow and steady.
My last nugget of advice for today- Make these items a priority! I’ve learned this year that the best thing we can do for ourselves is to keep the commitments we’ve made actually happen.
How many times do we go about our days with the best of intentions, but we allow what truly matters to get pushed aside by things that really aren’t as important? Often we spend our time putting out small fires and end the day feeling drained. Remind yourself to slow down and ask yourself if it really is a “fire” to begin with! Does this thing really need your attention at this EXACT moment? Will the world end if you don’t address it right now? Will anything literally terrible happen to you if it’s not done right away? If the answer to that is “no”, then let me refer you back to your list!! Let your list be the priority above all else.
I encourage you to start here. Keep your new list in sight. Start with implementing these small changes into your daily routine. I know from experience that if you make a habit of regularly doing things that bring you happiness, beautiful changes can happen in your heart.
Until we chat again friends, know that I’m encouraging you every step of the way and I’m always here to chat! firstname.lastname@example.org