Today I am joining Salma for Three Things Thursday
And Annie for Thoughts for Thursday
If you have been reading along at all you know I have the desire to Be Present in 2015 and in order to be successful I had to make some changes in my schedule. I wrote about all the areas I plan to adjust to aid me in my 2015 journey here. Week one and I feel so energized and actually for the first time in a long time somewhat settled and optimistic that this plan might just work!
I have designated Tuesday as date night and my goal is to at least make this happen every other week. Week 1….so far so good! Keith and I had our very first date last night. We dined at a restaurant we have never gone to together and enjoyed some yummy adult food and even shared dessert (but I dove right in so sorry no picture).
And then y’all….we actually talked about several important things that we have been needing to make some decisions about but when life is happening and we are passing in the house and the kids are needing our attention these things get dropped.
- We talked about our budget, and while not always fun, we are so blessed to be in the position we are now instead of where we were a few years back. We both know that and we know how quickly a job can change and therefore know we need to be more mindful of our spending.
- Baseball season is approaching and we looked over the schedule and made plans for which games we would attend and made a travel plan for the one out of state series we will go to together. Headed to Cali in March and I am so excited…alone for 4 nights!
- We also BOTH made some suggestions for future date nights this year….not only did we throw ideas out there but we WROTE THEM DOWN!! This may seem so simple but this is huge for us. I don’t know how many times we have the time for a date but then can’t really decide on a plan. We are thinking we will write these ideas on a slip of paper and throw them into a jar and one of us will draw before date night! I’m secretly most excited about going to the shooting range….something about my man helping me learn to use a handgun just feels like a sexy date night.
**Note to self….handwriting could be better in 2015!**
I have to tell you guys once I came up with this date for me idea I have felt so peaceful about everything else going on around me. Just knowing that I would have one night a week for two hours to do nothing but something I really want to do for me has allowed me to focus more at home and be present. Even on our date night I was totally focused on our discussion….like even making direct eye contact! I’ve stopped to play games with my kids which I know seems like no big deal but even in the past when I stopped to play I would still have this reel flashing through my head of all the things I needed to be doing. I feel a little selfish really because honestly these things I want to do on my “night off” are completely just for me but in the end I know this makes me a better mom and a better wife so it is totally worth it! So Wednesday is so declared a “Date for Me” night and my first date included a quick return at Wal-Mart, a Venti Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte (just 1 pump please) and almost 2 hours of uninterrupted time!
What did I do with my time you ask……
Wrote a Blog Post
Caught up on a few blogs
Jotted down a few books I hope to read in 2015
The third area is going to be the hardest for me to feel like I’m really succeeding at but I’m determined to give it my best. I just feel so darn inadequate when it comes to offering spiritual guidance to my children (Bigs and Littles). The Littles & I have been reading the Jesus Calling for kids devotional each morning along with the verses recommended and then having a brief discussion. I’ve tried to offer some real life scenario to apply the scripture to and it is just going to take some time for me to feel comfortable. Honestly, Dillon is better than me at discussing openly and it’s possible he may end up coaching me! I’m excited to be connecting with my littles in another way and just making sure that God is present in our daily lives. I also grabbed two little notebooks tonight; one for me to use as a personal prayer journal for my own quiet time and one for the kids and I to start jotting down prayers in each day.
I would love if you guys would say a little prayer for me to help me feel more confident in this arena.
I know I am sure to stumble at times this year as we battle with different sports schedules and events but I’m so hopeful that any deviation off the path will be brief and the fact that I have put IN WRITING my plan and my desire to be present will help me get back on track quickly.
I have read a lot of other bloggers this week with similar goals for 2015. If you have any suggestions for ways you have worked on being present and enjoying the moment I would love for you to share!