Category: goals

Moving

We are moving!

A few weeks ago a friend texted me that she and her husband were moving elsewhere in the city and wondered if Matt and I would be interested in taking their apartment up the street from our church. We thought about it and prayed about it and went to see it, and we weighed the pros and cons of staying in our current apartment. Gradually we each swung towards wanting to move, and then we met with the landlords to go over the details, and now we are giving our notice to be out by the end of October!

Although I tend to resist change, I am really excited to live in a new space. I have been reading articles about living room layouts and researching routes for my commute to work. I’m looking to make the most of two more months with a playground right next door and good friends just a few floors down, but I’m also excited to count down the last few trips to the laundry room, long waits for the elevator, second hand smoke in the hallway, and hot nights with no air conditioning.

At this point I’m looking forward to packing, and my goal is for us to only bring the things we want to keep. Our last move included a few bags and boxes of miscellany that we didn’t particularly need or want, and our apartment is currently housing a selection of crates and shoeboxes that contain homeless items I wasn’t sure were trash. Surely two months is enough time to sift a two bedroom apartment. Right? I’m cautiously optimistic. I imagine boxes packed and stacked and labeled for where they belong, ready to make our new apartment home.

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A New Challenge

The seed was planted when I changed my closet over from winter to summer clothes (we kind of missed spring here this year). I weeded out a few t-shirts and tank tops I hadn’t worn and wouldn’t miss, but ultimately my closet was more full than before I switched my wardrobe over. One option was to ask Matt to pick through his clothes and pack up his winter sweaters or dress shirts he won’t wear, but these things tend to go more smoothly when he works at his own pace 🙂

Another option was to bear with my crammed closet until Fall comes and hope I remember what I wore or not so I know what to pack away and what to give away. Chances of that are pretty slim, however, since even if I did remember what I wore, I always have the nagging thought that “maybe next year” I’ll wear the shimmery top I’ve been hoarding since grade 11. Maybe next year indeed.

The rich soil in which the seed was planted is the fact I am visiting my parents for a month and am totally overwhelmed at the thought of packing for that trip. The last time Matt and I were away overnight it took him three trips to bring everything down to the car. “When in doubt, pack it” doesn’t work so well for air travel, and I know the more streamlined I can travel, the easier it will be.

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Time Management – A New Strategy

The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. Colossians 1:5 [The Message]

I would love if this passage described my life. Unfortunately the lines of purpose in my life are often tangled, and they do get slack, forgetful as I am of my future in heaven, at least when the going gets tough. I put my hope in a fridge full of food, or a full night’s sleep, or a balanced budget, and I end up taut with anxiety or frustration when those things don’t happen.

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Pray for May

(For the record, the catchy title to this post was that last thing to be written before I hit publish. I do love a good rhyme almost as much as I love alliteration.)

I discovered while Matt and I were away on retreat that I’ve forgotten a bit how to pray. I remember the theory of course, but it seems like my quiet times with God have gone the way of coffee visits with friends: we still get together, but part of my mind is always on stand-by, ready to leap from the conversation into mothering at a moment’s notice. It’s hard to achieve any depth.

This isn’t a challenge that I saw coming. Sure, there are a ton of resources and articles out there about all the other relationships that change when you have a baby, from your husband to the family pet, but no one warned me it would be harder to connect with God.

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This sums up most of my attempts at “quiet time” with God.

One of my challenges now is that I expect to fail at really connecting with God, and so I hardly even try. I do pray quick on-the-go prayers, and I do occasionally flip through my Bible. I even started working to re-memorize Hebrews 12, but all in all I feel my soul getting a little bit malnourished. I don’t want to wait for things to go completely off the rails before I give my best effort to connect with God, and I don’t want to give in to the nagging voice that says spiritual mediocrity is something I just have to settle for in this season of my life.

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April Goals Check-in

It is half way through the month, which I figure is as good a time as any to check in with a quick goal update. Generally speaking, my three goals are going well:

  • I have flossed every single day, and it is starting to feel like a habit, so that is good.
  • I have not done an exercise video every single day. I was on a great streak then missed two days in a row and another day the same week. However, I still feel fairly successful because I notice my strength and stamina improving, as well as my posture!
  • I filed my taxes this week! This is exciting not only because it’s an achieved goal but because my expected refund is more than the balance owing on my student loan. Is it weird to use money the government owes me to pay back the money I owe the government? Regardless, it will be very nice to have that load off our debt shoulders 🙂

How about you? Are there any achievements or setbacks you want to share on the internet?