With the news from Ferguson in, we've sought to make sense out of nonsense. We've looked for hope through all the despair. We've tried to keep perspective while acknowledging the truth about just where things truly stand here in the United States of America. All while being present with our children, living life, learning, cooking, keeping house, watching nature, doing chores, etc., etc.
I will say, right up front, that my promise to myself about heading to bed earlier than normal each night didn't happen most of the week. There was something that kept me awake most nights, even when I was in bed. I did get ample rest, though. After awaking early each morning for personal time of prayer and meditation, I climbed back under the blankets in my bed and slept in most mornings. I even got in a nap one afternoon. I love that my children know how to care for themselves--this allows for it. Also, their daddy has been home.
We kept a regular schedule, for the most part. This Monday we didn't have our usual homeschool meet-up so I did some errands that afternoon. I've completed a lot of the reading that I wanted to do along with additional things--articles about our current events. I've even found time to blog. I've begun two of the projects I have on my list and should be completed with both of them by this evening--keeping my fingers crossed. I've also done some work on two of my professional development classes. I met up with one of the three friends I've been intentional about crafting with and have the other two on the calendar for this new month. (Can you believe it's December already?)
In the midst of all of that, I've been able to give each of my children some individual time where we were able to talk and share and do something they wanted to do with me. Drawing with The Boy. Reading with my SweetiePie. Talking about life and upcoming events with my PrettyGirl.
I count this week, even with all the emotional changes, a rather successful one. I am thrilled that a few of my friends have joined me in being intentional about their weeks. (If you'd like to join in and want a re-cap of where it started, click here.) A couple have shared in the comments section here; others have spoken to me directly or via social media. What makes all this more than just a list to check off is the accountability aspect of it. Knowing that there are others who matter in my life that will hold me accountable to what I'm setting out to do keeps me mindful. Although everything may not have taken place as planned, I made sure that I kept most all of the promises I made to myself.
So what does this new week look like? Well, today is the last day of November. Tomorrow we begin a new month. The children and I have a little ritual that involves changing the wall calendar and acknowledging the change of month with a new play list on Spodify. We will do that together this evening since tomorrow morning will be full of getting out of the house.
Here are my intentions for this week:
- Donate the items I've collected from around the house.
- Go through two bookshelves and weed books out (for donation).
- Start and complete another hat/scarf set
- Reading time for myself
- Make list of 'fun' activities with the children for this month
- Make our cards and get them in the mail
- Contact three people (from list) to talk about the specifics of our community building
- Run at least three times this week.
- Slow down and enjoy the moments
How did things go for you this week? Were you able to get through your list? Were there any challenges or unexpected events that kept you from it? How did you adjust?
Let's take a moment to celebrate the little steps we're each making towards the life we want. We are engaging in a powerful, life-changing practice--speaking those things which are not into being.
Now, what are your intentions for this coming week? What plans are you making for yourself and your family? Write them down somewhere where they can been seen by you easily. I encourage you to share them below in the comments section. I would love to know what you're working towards. Your words can encourage the next person reading this post to join us too.
We will check in again with each other next Sunday. I look forward to hearing about your progress.