Monday, July 28, 2014

The Mid-Year Pick-Me-Up

Without fail, June and July roll around and cause me to take a good look back at the first half of the year. We move into the new year with such a high from the Holidays that usually by the time you're six months into the year that buzz has worn off, that sparkly list of resolutions is a bit hazy and you're spirit is tired.

You've finished out the school year, you've celebrated through a good portion of Summer and the impending new school year is evident thanks to every aisle at Target. Hello weary spirit, there's no better time for a pick-me-up than now!

As a little happiness test, I jumped back to my Word of the Year Post to bring me back the core of my mission for 2014. What I found in that post, aside from several typos, was a list of goals I've met, exceeded and continue to humbly work towards.

For reference, here's my 2014 Big Picture Outlook from January:

I want a happier house. More laughter, less worry. I want to be intentional with parenting, marriage, work, friendships & family and stepping out of comfort zones. I want credit card debt free in 2014, and working down student loans. Top of my list, I want us to be intentional about seeking Christ as a family.
I went searching for this post because my spirit was thirsty. Oh my, how quickly I realized how much my cup runneth over! We have worked and prayed and seen His grace this year and this list surely reminds me to be humble.


Let's unpack this list real quick.

I want a happier house. More laughter, less worry. Raising up a three year old is surely different than age two, but has presented an entirely new level of love in our house. The belly laughs shared this weekend while often shared between moments of discipline are the best source of pure joy.

I want to be intentional with parenting, marriage, work, friendships & family and stepping out of comfort zones.  Parenting - check. We're working on our team work every day. That seems to be key for us. Marriage - check. This Saturday is in fact our six year marriage anniversary and I'd say we're sliding in on a really great note (weird mixture of metaphors, but just track with me). Friendships & family - many realizations on this front and an in progress/learning-a-new-phase-of-adulthood-status. Stepping out of comfort zones - just about the best and most encouraging item on this list! We've spent the good part of the last three months jumping out of our comfort zone and it's been such a beautiful result for our family.

I want credit card debt free in 2014, and working down student loans. As of last week we are credit card debt free. ALL OF THE PRAISE HANDS!!! Vet bills and a bad luck run with our cars caused some financial turmoil in 2012-2013, and we were determined to get it past us this year. We've pinched pennies and lived a very, very tight lifestyle, but it has been so worth it to get to this moment. Though, all the glory for this milestone goes to Him and the blessings we've seen this year.

Top of my list, I want us to be intentional about seeking Christ as a family. Oh yes, the very best most gracious of the goals for last. We had been missing something so key to each aspect of life listed above: a community focused in the Gospel. For the first time in years, we have been regularly attending a church. Not just any church, a church that is Gospel centered and fueling a renewed joy in Church for both myself and Brandon. The advances in each of our hearts to be rooted in Christ individually as well as a family, are a clear indication of His sovereign hand and perfect timing.


In reflecting on my goals set out in January, I was a bit taken aback at how far we'd come already. My exhausted self was having a hard time focusing in on all of the progress made during the last seven months. I set out to be intentional and though it has been daunting at times, the payback for digging sincerely into my life and mission for our family has my heart rejoicing with praise.

Jump back, spend ten minutes reflecting on your resolutions and see how it will mold your heart for the closing months of the year and be grateful for where you've come in these seven months!

Happy day, friends!

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