September Perspective and Goals

The purpose of this blog was to record my progress on the New Year’s Resolutions I made for the year, as well as to record ideas that I had and their practical applications. So, I am doing that by posting my September goals. I have not posted about my New Year’s Resolutions since the month of May, but I have made some progress on a few of my goals.

This month, I am going to:

1. Continue to follow my Bible reading plan. Actually, I have been doubling up on my reading, because I really want to achieve reading through my Bible in one year.

2. Exercise/Health: I have really regressed in the exercise category in the last three months as I completely stopped walking even though I had no medical reason not to walk. However, since Fall is approaching and cooler temperatures are headed my way, I plan on trying to do a little walking this month. I know it it will be good for me as I prepare to deliver my little one. When it comes to what I have been eating, I haven’t made any progress exactly. I started keeping a food journal in late August and I was appalled at how much sugary snacks I was eating and how little veggies I was taking in. I am working on improving that. I’ll report on my progress at the end of the month.

3. Spanish–Not a goal that I will be working on this month or the rest of the year. It really is not relevant to my life at this moment and many other areas need my attention.

4. Reading–Well, I am working on it! I read Purpose in Prayer by EM Bounds, and I read a biography, The Vow, by Kim and Krickett Carpenter. I am working on reading On Becoming Toddlerwise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam and I plan on buying and reading Wrestling Prayer by Eric & Leslie Ludy. For some fiction, I am reading the Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter.

5. Writing/Blogging: Here I am! 🙂 I am coming back to blogging. I’m also hoping that my new bedtime routine will allow some planned time for journaling on a regular basis.

6. Relationships. Humph. I don’t know what I am planning to do this month in regards to relationships. I am praying about this area of my life, and I think the best plan of action for me is simply to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit on a day to day basis.

7. Love Letters–Will write Luke a love letter this month!
Other goals for the month will be to:

1) Change my bedtime from whenever (or later) to around 9:30pm. The goal will be for me to be crawling in bed at 9:30 and then falling asleep by 10:30pm. I can use the hour buffer to write in my journal or read a book.

2) Keep implementing the FLYLady System. I am working on the morning routine and the before bed routine. I know that as I read her book Sink Reflections, that I will be implementing other habits and routines as well.

So, those are the things that I will be working on this month. I am really hoping to make progress in the areas that I have mentioned. The first priority for me is to be working on my bedtime. I need to go to bed at a decent hour!

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I Am Back to Blogging

I am going to begin blogging again. I was recently struck by the connection I still feel with a lot of blog posts written in an on a former blog, and I realized that I am missing out on recording my thoughts in an more formal and orderly way than just writing in my journal. So, here I am at the beginning of September and saying “Hi!”

I will be posting my September goals on Tuesday, September 4th. I plan on using this holiday weekend as an excuse to take a little more time before I post. What I want to mention in this post is two of the biggest influences on my life right now.

The first one is something of a housework/house cleaning system. FLYlady is the name, and “FLYing” is the game. F stands for “Finally”, L stands for “Loving” and Y stands for “Yourself”. The thinking behind the FLYLady system is simply to create a peaceful existence for yourself and for your family. The emphasis is on doing what you can and then knowing that it counts, versus focusing on perfection and then procrastinating. If I follow the steps, then I am better prepared for everyday life and life’s many interruptions. I am really enjoying implementing this system. I am subscribed to the emails, but I have not had a chance to read the book, Sink Reflections. I plan on reading that this month. In fact, I have requested it from the library, but I haven’t been able to bring it home yet.

The second influence right now is Crystal at Money Saving Mom. I have been following her blog for a few months now, and because of the season of life I am in right now, her blog is keeping me inspired to live a frugal lifestyle. I also listened to her audiobook The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year a few months ago and was inspired to really focus on my lifestyle and grocery spending.

I highly recommend both resources! I know that I have benefited greatly from being exposed to them on a daily basis.

Introduction

Ideas applied to life will be a record of my own ideas that I apply to my life as well as musings on others ideas and there applications. I am a housewife and am striving to be a homemaker. I say I am a housewife because I am in the traditional sense a wife who stays at home and does “housewife-ly” things such as cleaning the house, cooking, laundry, etc. I am striving to be a homemaker in that I am still in the process of learning how to best facilitate ways to make my house atmosphere welcoming, inviting and relaxing.

I wanted to title my new blog “Ideas…Applied” because I often have grand ideas, but just as often, I fail to follow through. I want to apply my ideas to my life and actually do them! Not only that, but I also want to analyze the consequences of some ideas. I was introduced to the concept “Ideas have consequences” at Summit Ministries. While Summit Ministries concerns itself with the main topics relevant to worldview (topics like biology, theology, ethics, etc), I find that ideas about parenting or housekeeping do have consequences in my life that directly affect my family and those around me. I want a record of the consequences of my ideas or others ideas I adopt.

I plan to update this blog three times a week on average. Some weeks I will post a little more, and some weeks I will post a little less. Topics I will write about include my exposure to ideas through books, radio or church services, my goals and there outcomes, things I am thankful for as well as just writing about real life. I enjoy the theoretical and the ideal, but real life is not theoretical or ideal all the time! Sometimes we do just need to be real. I may also write an in depth essay about the consequences of an idea in the past, but I do not have a set schedule or even too many ideas about that just yet.

Hopefully, this blog will be enjoyable and maybe even an encouragement to any readers or visitors!

God Bless,

GabbyMel!