I joined the Hello Mornings challenge. I joined the Abiding Fruit bible study. I started reading What Women Fear as part of the Bloom book club. I was also doing an independent study on The Power of a Positive Wife.
Yes, I started all of the above during the same month. I tried so hard to get up early every morning, and beat myself up every morning that I didn't succeed.
I was also trying to blog, sew my daughter dresses, switch to cloth diapering, and meal plan.
Needless to say, I quickly became overwhelmed by everything. I took a blogging break, I stopped setting my alarm, I didn't finish either book I was reading, and I cooked from the pantry daily rather than taking the time to stop and plan a meal.
After 2 months, I wish I could say I feel refreshed. I wish I could say it was a much needed break. The truth is, it wasn't a break I needed. It was priorities.
Although I would love to wake up early every day, the fact that I can't seem to get my daughter to sleep all night makes it nearly impossible. And I'm sure I don't need to be actively reading 2 or 3 books at a time, or doing more than 1 bible study.
I am not a huge fan of "New Years Resolutions" because it seems like something that is expected to be broker. Instead, I am making a few small goals. And one day, when I have time, I am going to make a goal outline like this.
For now, here are the changes I have decided to make:
- Since I can't get up early every morning to read my bible alone, I will bring my bible with me while the kids take a bath. I can supervise them playing in the bubbles, and read (to myself or to them) at the same time!
- I will not be doing an independent bible study for the time being.
- Meal plan for at least 3 days during the week, more if I have extra ingredients for meals on hand.
- I am using disposable and cloth diapers, to cut down on laundry from the cloth diapers.
- Continue blogging (this is therapy to keep me from going crazy here!) :o)
Have you simplified your to-do list with the New Year?