I am not one to make resolutions. For me it is a quick set up for failure. I almost never keep or meet a resolution and become more discouraged in the process. Then I heard about this idea a few years ago where you choose one word that you want to permeate your life in the new year. It isn’t a resolution, but a word to focus on in all areas of your life.
Over the past few months it has become painfully clear to me that the area I most struggle with in my life is balance.
Finding balance between home and work, mom responsibilities, my creative time and quiet time with God….the list goes on and on for me. I haven’t been balancing everything well and tend to find myself tired and stressed out.
I am an early riser in the mornings. I like to have some time to myself before everyone else gets up. But even in that area, I don’t always use my time well. Should I read the Bible, exercise, get an extra load of laundry done or read a chapter in the book I am doing for a book club?
Should I stay at the office and work late so that I am not stressed at work? But then I am sacrificing quality time with my kids during the few awake hours that they have with me. I can not do it all. I just can’t. But I can work at finding a better balance so that I am not feeling guilty or regretful all the time.
I don’t yet have the answer to how I will find this balance. But I felt strongly that this is something that God wants me to work on this new year.
And as in all things, I look to Him first to help guide me in this new way of thinking.
From time to time I will be sharing how things are going – what new things I am trying, those things I might have to give up to help create more balance and I will even share with you the ways that I have continued to fail! 🙂 Because change doesn’t happen overnight, I don’t expect to wake up on January 2nd having it all figured out.
And if history is an indicator – I have to work at something and fail multiple times before I am finally ready to try something new. My stubbornness is not my best quality! 😉
So there we go – my start to a new year of seeking and finding Balance.
Do you have a One Word for 2014? If you do I would love to hear it!! And join us over in the One Word 365 community where you can find encouragement from other people that are trying to live purposefully as well!