It’s Friday eve, guys! Today will be a breeze (at least for me it will be) and next thing ya know, we will have just one workday left. I have a couple appointments after work but then I am going to go home and binge on pizza and Netflix and wait for my handsome husband to come home from a meeting. I don’t know about you, but this has been a long week. The first couple weeks after the New Year always seem to drag on because for a couple weeks there many of you probably worked short weeks (I did) due to the holidays so these full weeks are coming back full force. Not to worry, I have miss Luna to keep me company at work! She makes the work day brighter with her slobbery kisses and wagging tail. Plus, it’s a nice and breezy 55° here today and the snow is melting away, which makes me a happy camper to be seeing grass again! It’s only going to be for one day before the snow returns tomorrow but I will take what I can get; this little slice of heaven is what I needed this week. Makes me realize spring is only about 6 weeks away, which I’m sure I’m not the only one excited about that. Now, enough rambling. You’re all tuned in to read a new “Grace not Perfection” post and I don’t want to disappoint, which I doubt I will because I am combining 3 chapters in this post. Don’t worry, it won’t be super long. It’s kinda going to be like cliff notes, just a few tidbits of information, some daily devotion, and of course some inspiration. So with that being said, here goes nothing!
The Empty Well
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23)”.
Take a deep breath and a couple minutes and ask yourself how you really are. Look deep down inside, consider how your heart feels at the moment, how your soul feels. Like seriously, how are you? Yes we ask people that daily but ask yourself and do some reflection. Are you mentally tired, physically exhausted, hurting? Figure out how you feel and find a way to fix it. Your soul is your well and when it’s empty, we have nothing left to give. Feed your soul, don’t walk around with an empty well. If you run yourself ragged caring for everybody else around you, expecting perfection to come from within your mind, body, and soul, your are in for a rude awakening. We need to take care of ourselves and love ourselves before we can do that for anybody else. You can’t draw water from an empty well; give yourself permission to SLOW DOWN. As Emily Ley says, “you get in what you put out”.
The Simplicity of Planning
Do you have a daily planner? A calendar on the wall at home? A mobile calendar on your phone? Not all of us do and that is part of the daily issue of a brain overload! Trying to remember everything or carrying around scraps of paper with notes jotted down works for a few people, but most of us need some simplicity in our lives. With simplicity comes joy. Some of us find joy in a tidy home and some of us find joy when the fridge is stocked. Either way, there is no way to live a happy life without joy. My way to finding joy and happiness in my life? Having laundry folded and put away each day, having the house clean, and having a daily planner where I can write down appointments, when bills are due, birthdays, events, and notes. Being able to see everything in front of me each morning when I get to work puts my mind at ease knowing things have been taken care of or will be taken care of in the coming days. If it weren’t for my planner, I would have such a chaotic life I would probably go crazy with the ins and outs of daily life. Yes, I rely on the calendar in my phone as well for the times I am away from my desk or at home, but it does not bring me pure joy like a good old fashioned planner. Even all throughout school as a kid and teen, I would keep a planner for school assignments and such things (which didn’t help my GPA, but it helped keep me organized at least). Along these lines come a simple home life, as well. Clean out that junk drawer, clean out the coat closet or the mudroom, put things in their proper space and clear the junk out of your life! But on that same note, don’t sacrifice the good to chase the perfect, meaning we don’t need a Pinterest worthy home but all we need is a home that works and makes us feel alive. Many of us have an overabundance of things (I’m guilty of this, or as my husband likes to say, I am a packrat– not true! I just don’t part well with my clothes!). Pencil in a weekend on your calendar to clear the junk out of your home; either throw it away or donate it, but create more open space in your life and your home.
Make Time for What Matters
I will say this again as I’ve said it before, slow down! Many of us are barreling through ours days guns blazing, trying to cram as much as we can into one day, am I right? We usually focus on just making life happen instead of prioritizing our commitments and choosing what we fill our time with. We eventually reach a limit as to what we can fit in our brain and what our bodies can handle; we hit our max capacity. When we are overwhelmed, overbooked, overcommitted, and overstressed, we tend to forget things and tasks fall through the cracks. Learn to say no. Stop the insane cycle your life is becoming. Make the good stuff a priority and let the extra commitments fall to the wayside. When it comes our time to pass on, we won’t remember the money in our bank accounts, the work meetings, or being part of that committee that looks good on your resume but that you hate being a part of. We will remember the good times, our achievements, the love we shared with others, and the memories we made. Keep life simple and just be happy in the moment.
I’d say that this book has been eye opening for many reasons. We never realize how we are truly living until we see it through somebody elses eyes (or words). The moral here is to not strive for perfection, but just be the best version of yourself you can be. Remember, it’s all about grace.
Alright friends, I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about one of my favorite new items I received for Christmas. Trust me, it’s going to be more interesting then you think! Well, off I go to finish my workday– it has been quiet at work all day so I’m thinking reading a few chapters is in the books (ha, get it?!) for the rest of the afternoon.
Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!
Much love, Lexi
Credit goes to: Emily Ley, 2016