Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More "F" Words...

Remember that post I wrote over two weeks ago?  You know, the one where I said I was going to be FIERCE in 2015 and pursue life with reckless abandon?!?!  Yeah, well... As many of you out there are well aware, sometimes your life just gets hijacked! Random stuff and circumstance just gets all up in the way of our plans.

The struggle is REAL, Peeps.

But no worries... I'm back. Finally. To finish what started as a Two-Part-New-Year-New-Dreams blog post.

Why? Because in spite of "stuff" and "circumstance" and all the other things that make up this HOT MESS I call "Life"...

I'm staying FIERCE.

Now... let's get on to the business of just how I plan to maintain and even achieve new levels of FIERCENESS in the coming months.

Since Fierce begins with an F and so does Fifteen, I thought I'd share my thoughts in other "F" words... (See... and y'all thought I was gonna be bad.  Are you CRAZY? My Mama reads my blog!!) ;-)

Here are some of the areas I plan to be FIERCE in this year...

1.  Faith - I'm not going to lie.  My Spiritual life has been a struggle.  I've literally gone from the "Pit of Despair" to the Pinnacle of Pleasure. (But that's for a whole 'notha post, y'all...) I've either been hiding from God, or running from him.  But that's gonna stop. (It already has. Again... Another post.)
I'm going to pursue Christ with reckless abandon.  I am determined.  Community Bible Study. Cornerstone Bible Study. Journey Group, and of course, FAITHFUL worship attendance on Sundays. I'm just gonna flat IMMERSE myself in His Word. Not just taste it... MARINATE in it. Trust me... this is MUCH. MUCH. needed and it's WAYYYYY past time!

And just in case you "wanted to wonder" (as my Sweet Emmie-G once said) there's a reason why I have placed Faith as my first F Word.  Without it, I will never achieve what follows.  Priorities, people!

The Apostle Paul said it best in these verses:
 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively  become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing  and understanding the wonders of His Person.  ~ Philippians 3:10 (AMP)
 2.  Family ~ My husband and my kids are my life. Literally.  I chose to give up my career as a teacher 15 years ago, to be a full time home maker.  When the kids were small, it was easy to see the need for this.  Now, I struggle.  While I firmly believe that as teenagers (and one 5th grader) my kids need me more now than ever, I wrestle with what that looks like.  I want to redefine my roll a bit.  It's not (just) about providing for needs, anymore.  It's about developing a culture in which I challenge them to take on new things, while keeping them grounded in their values.  It's not just about giving them roots anymore... it's about developing strength in their wings and teaching them to FLY!

I would really like to get back to doing some kind of Family Night (or maybe rename it  "Quality Family Time") at least once a month.  We used to do them all the time when  the kids were little, and made tons of precious memories through the process. (I chronicled many of them over at my old blog if you're curious.) The hard truth I am  facing now, is that I have very little time left with all my kids under one roof, and I want us to continue to have special moments together. I've got to figure out a  way to  "teenage-up", though.  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section!! ;-)

3.  Fitness ~ I will continue my pursuit of "Fit and Fabulous" by getting back into my gym routine and  adopting a "cleaner" and healthier way of eating.  Some of y'all are already following me on this quest.  Some have joined along.  Some are sick to death of hearing about it... ;-)

So, that being said... If your're interested in how I'm doing this and what tools/methods I've chosen to use. Hit me up on one of these sites, and I'll be glad to give you the skinny. (Ha! See what I did, there?)

4.  Friendships -  It's no secret that I am a social butterfly.  I love people.  I get energy and inspiration from being with people.  Most especially those people who lift me up and love me for who I am. My girlfriends.  Only yesterday, a very wise man who loves me very much spoke some truth into my life. He said,
"Babe.  You need people.  You are a natural-born leader and when you're not leading your lost.  Also, you need some mentors, people to look up to and help guide you along the journey.  You also need people to come along side you and walk with you.  You need women.  Even though I would give you the moon if I could, you need more than I can give. You need your girls. "
That being said, I am going to be more intentional about making time with each of them.  Lunch dates, GNO's and maybe even some weekend get-aways!  Each one of you (and you KNOW who you are) is so very precious to me.  Can't wait to take on 2015 with My Girls!

5.  Finances ~ Yes.  I said it.  Finances.  (Hold on a sec.  Somebody call Reeder to check and see if he needs  CPR.  He may have just passed out after reading this one!)  I'm serious, though.  I need to learn to be more financially responsible.  I need to learn how to SAVE some money and STICK to     the budget.  And since, like I said earlier, my kids are a little older and more independent now, I would really love to find a part-time job of some sort to help contribute.  

(I don't know if y'all know this or not, but teenagers are EXPENSIVE!!!)

Okay. 'Nuff said.

 6.  Frivolity ~ It is also no secret that this girl LOVES to have fun.  But what I am more specifically talking about here is ME TIME.  I don't do enough of this.  Time to relax and unwind.  Just for me.     By myself.  You know...  Stuff like... Taking bubble baths.  Curling up with a good book.               Going to get a mani/pedi.  Taking a walk with just me and my earbuds - blaring some good country music. :-)

BUT... in order to do things like this,  I've got to get better organized and be a better manager of my time.  (See how my brain works?  I have to take all those boring and difficult things and turn them it into something FUN and REWARDING.  It's a special skill for us ESFP's...  Don't hate!) So I will work on keeping to my schedule and following through with daily chore lists, updating my calendar regularly, and managing my time more wisely.  This way I can, hopefully, carve out some time that is FREE for ME!
7.  Looking Forward to the Future - Being an ESFP personality (see #6) I tend to focus more on the NOW.  I am an "in the moment" kind of person and therefore not very patient when it comes to planning and pursuing.  Yes, my kids are growing up, and I am in my 40s, but there is still A LOT OF LIFE TO LIVE.  I need to take stock of myself.  Am I where God wants me?  Doing what He wants me to do?  Am I using my gifts for his glory?  If not, how can I accomplish these things going forward?  I need to learn how to look ahead and set goals for myself... 5, 10, 15 years from now.   Where do I want to be?  Who do I want to be?  What do I want to have accomplished?  These things are important.  Mind if I ask you pray with me about this?  I would so appreciate it!

So, now that I've dropped some  massive "F" bombs on y'all, let me ask you this...

What are your goals for 2015?  How do you plan to achieve them?  Take a minute.  Jot them down. Put them in a place you won't forget them, and commit to reviewing them consistently.  I plan to assess myself at the end of each month.  Maybe even give myself a grade in each of the seven categories as to how well I'm doing.

But I will shoot for PROGRESS not perfection.

Baby steps, however small, are better than staying in place. I can only do my best...

I just hope I don't get an "F"! ;-)

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