Yesterday, we celebrated the 100th Day of School. Woo Hoo…only 80-something days left! To celebrate, the 1st-3rd graders had a “balloon release.” To be honest, I’m not sure what exactly it had to do with “100 Days,” but the kids loved it.
Seeing all those balloons float off into the distance, carried this way and that, wherever the wind might blow, got me thinking.
How often am I like those balloons? Just doing the next thing, without giving much thought to what I’m doing, where I’m going? Umm…ok, is that a stretch?
I’m afraid it happens more than I’d like to admit. When life is busy, days are full, and I’m just trying to make it to bed at night, it can be hard to be intentional. But I WANT to be intentional about the things that really matter. Sure my job, obligations at work and church, and getting tasks and errands done are important, but when I step back and take a look at my life, it’s not those things that I want it to consist of.
I need to be more intentional about how I spend my time. I need to give myself boundaries and limits for things like social media, working on school work outside of school, and blogging (even though I love it!). If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself wasting away many hours doing these things, too.
I want to be more intentional about:
- Being present with my husband…browsing Instagram while sitting next to him on the couch doesn’t exactly count as “quality time.”
Spending time in my Bible and doing my daily devotions.
SLEEP. I know how important and vital getting enough sleep is. However, I still struggle to get myself in bed early enough to get the necessary 7-8 hours. I think cutting down on some of the aforementioned things will help with this.
Talking to family more often. Wait, that sounds like we never talk. We DO, but I know there are times that I’d be more likely to call them to chat if I wasn’t busy doing other, less important, things.
Rest. Like sleep, I know how necessary it is, but it’s one of those things I just don’t find time for. I want to be more intentional about resting on a regular basis…not just when I feel like I’ve “earned” it and not only when I’ve exhausted myself.
Healing my body. As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently struggling to regain full bodily function and regulate those girly hormones. It’s easy to go through the motions, eating regular meals, and not really consider if I’m helping or harming myself with what I’m eating. What I mean is…taking to time to recognize that the light dressing I’ve been using might need to go back on the shelf for a bit in lieu of the full fat regular dressing.
I could probably name many more, but those are the biggies. I encourage YOU to treat yourself today and be intentional with your time, thoughts, and actions.
Well, that got a bit more serious than I typically like to be! And I do apologize for the lack of pictures. But hey, it happens!
1. What do YOU want to be more intentional about/with?
2. What do you find yourself wasting time doing? like i said…sooooo much!