Be intentional, yes! (You can read more about those plans here).
But I don’t want to be so intentional that I just stress myself out.
I want to have some fun. I want to cease striving (Psalm 46:10). I want to do things I enjoy. I don’t want to be bound to a list of to-do’s (which I make for myself) that suck all the joy out of life.
I want to cut myself some slack. I want to leave the laundry on the couch and laugh more with my Little Man. I want the dishes to sit in the sink while we sing silly songs. This year I want to push aside the to-do list and make memories in the midst of the mundane. Will you join me??
Here’s a few other things I’d like to do this year, too.
- Hide His word in my heart and really believe it – because the truth is I struggle with the voice inside that tells me I’m not good enough, that I have to be more. I tend to believe everything but the truth and how God feels about me.
- Write for an audience of ONE – I don’t want to get hung up on the number of times I post each week. I don’t want followers and comments and likes to get me down. I want to write because I love words. I want to write because I love to encourage. I want to write because it’s the tool God’s given me to share His love with this world. I will write to worship Him.
- Go to Allume – I hope I can make this happen this year. It’s a blogging conference I’ve wanted to attend for several years. There are so many blog friends I’d love to meet in real life.
- Take Jackson to the beach – because what could possibly be better than seeing the expression on a three-year-olds face the first time he sees the ocean? And all that sand – a little boy’s dream come true. Hoping to build sandcastles this summer.
- Read More Books – Last year I read 30 books. This year I’m not going to set a goal because my Type A personality doesn’t need another deadline to meet. Reading just becomes something to cross off my list. Instead I’m going to devote more time to reading and simply enjoy getting lost in a good book.
This year I want to enjoy life exactly where I am – and most days it’s knee deep in mundane messes.
I want to lower the expectations I have for myself and my son.
I want to be intentional while at the same time remembering that nothing I do could make God love me any more or any less.