Leaping into 2020

So my word of the year usually comes after lots of praying, pondering. This year my word of the year just hit me, bugged me (honestly) and stuck… months ago.

LEAP · verb ·  jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force

My image (at the top of the post) I created with my top four reasons why this is my year to leap. I get in my own way allot … what will people think… that it is scary… I am not capable. In 2020, I am going to conscienceless and deliberately work on trusting the Lord. Trust his urgings. Trust his path. Trust when I leap, no matter how far I actually go, his loving hand is there to bridge the gap.

I find is interesting, but not ironic, 2020 is a leap year…. a year with an extra day to help us “catch up” in the astrological and season cycle. I have been in season of spiritual, personal discovery and growth these last few years. Ironically, really starting in mid 2016, the last leap year. I sense a new “era” on the horizon… a new push to leap into the unknown and the uncomfortable… leap into a new season…

Leap 2020 Goals OFM

What is your word for 2020 going to be?

 

For the Love… of all the Decisions

How I handle my overwhelmed brain daily.

So let’s talk about my ADD. Many think this is the inability to pay or keep your attention. I think it is the ability to pay attention to too much of everything.  If you don’t experience this- you don’t understand the difference between those two statements. It is overwhelming ALL. THE. TIME.

Have you ever seen that post about the mom, it goes something like this. She gets up makes coffee, notices the legos in the kitchen, picks them up to return to play room, on the way sees a bill that needs to be paid, goes to get checkbook… this goes on all day… at the end of the day she has a full pot of cold coffee, the bill is unpaid and she can’t find the legos. This is my brain at most times of the day.

Now, I have learned tips and tricks to process and handle that feeling.  (and really have become quite well of surviving daily). Some include:

  • Knowing when to take quiet ALONE time (most of the time my family cooperates). Especially when I explain, I need 5 minutes of quiet (no tv, to electronics, no peeps) before my brain implodes (because for real- that is what it feels like).
  • Knowing I need marination time – I try my hardest to be sure I have an opportunity to marinate on ideas, questions. Professionally- this is quite often not possible – as staff meetings, team meetings often have discussions that we were not given a heads up on. In those cases I try to be sure people understand- that when something new is thrown out… my brains starts to look like a set of dominos going off. Every. Little. Thing. even remotely connected to that decision/idea – is shooting off like fireworks in my head. Ignore my face- it usually has nothing to do with what was just stated – but dealing with the collapse of all the dominos. If possible – Ignore the face and give me 5.
  • Lists and time limits. I HAVE to create lists – or I will be all over the place trying to do everything I need to do and do all new ideas that popped into my head. I also assign myself time limits to complete a task . This keeps my attention to that task – not the tangent one.
  • Prayer – in the last few years this is huge. I never thought praying for my overwhelmed brain would help. But when I feel especially overwhelmed with all in my head – I take a deep breath and pray for guidance on what to focus on and sometimes I am just praying straight up for a little peace.

What tips and tricks do you use to process all that moms need to process in a day?

For the Love of Flaws: And Time – Again

I have the pleasure of being home full time for 3 fulls weeks so far. I have only 4 days left with the “tall one” (he is heading off to air force basic training). I have only 4 FULL weeks left… only LOL …  We have had lots of fun so far this summer and this summer off has created lots of excitement and memories.

I am still working on the arguments I tend to have in my head, about taking time for myself and spending (making up) time with my family.  I am so grateful to have a VERY supportive family that goes above and beyond to help me create balance.

In all of this, I find myself focusing on the “little time” left and what I need to get accomplished prior to my school year starting (we start August 1).  I am definitely getting better at pushing those thoughts out of my head.

Do any of you out there spend time worrying about the time… instead of utilizing the time? If so share with me, ,won’t you. If you struggled with this and mastered how to get over with it…. spit it out and share your methods with me and my over active brain.

BFC #8

Bedroom Food Confession 8

Confession:  I struggle finding balance in my work life, family life, and bible study. I crave more time to study and dive into his word. I am happy with the increased family time- and even though it is God guided – I crave more time in the word. 

Question: Have you found any form of balance in this area? Once you fall in love with the word- do you ever really stop craving more? What are your thoughts and/or questions in this area?

Feel like you are missing something … Wondering what is bedroom food… See this post Bedroom Food Confession #1

 

BFC #7

Bedroom Food Confession 7

Bedroom Food Confession of the Week – I would TOTALLY trade in my secret stash of candy for a mini coffee barista fairy. Truth. Without. Hesitation.

Feel like you are missing something … Wondering what is bedroom food… See this post Bedroom Food Confession #1