I've been known to exaggerate from time to time. Personally, I think I call things like I see 'em; turns out other people don't see things in absolutes quite like I do.
I'm on a quest to choose joy, and in that effort, I'm trying to remember that even while a million things hurt my progress in a given month, not everything is tossed to the wind. There are always good things--though sometimes miniscule--in the midst of the challenging.
This past month, I made a few changes, and tried to stay aware.
Here's what I noticed.
Waking up a little earlier to spend time with Jesus. A couple weeks ago, I was reminded how much I used to cherish every morning as I could wake up, get my coffee, and sit with my journal and Bible. Although I get up at the butt-crack of dawn every day so that I can still have a little bit of a morning, I decided to pray one night that God would wake me before my alarm to spend some extra, uninterrupted time with him. I was shocked when I woke up at 4:45 am, rejuvenated, and so excited to get into the Word. It's only 15 minutes early, and I don't feel rejuvenated every single day, but the peace and intimacy I get from that extra time has been so worth it.
Not overthinking lunch. Lunches are really difficult to meal prep. What is lunch food, really? Does anyone know? Presley have started to meal prep more consistently, and we have the most basic lunch ever. Some type of protein, a little bit of rice, veggie of choice, done. We prep these for the week, and they are exactly the same. I know, it sounds a little boring, but many successful people eat the same thing everyday to prevent decision-fatigue. The Modern Mrs. Darcy also might convince me to try this concept in other areas of my life.
Trying to change the entire educational system. Like I said, I've been known by some to be slightly on the dramatic, exaggerative side. Again, I don't know what they're talking about. HOWEVER, as an extension of this possible personality trait to which I will not admit, I tend to bite off more than I can chew. I have this ambitious tendency to see problems, become super passionate about fixing the entire system within which those problems exist, and then royally beat myself up when that change doesn't happen in t-minus-five-minutes-ago.
Having access to tortilla chips. This one is fairly self-explanatory, especially because we bought six jars of Andeles salsa while we were in New Mexico. We're down to three. Actually, I'm down to three. No shame. Okay, well...some shame.
This reflection process has really helped me to notice some small things that I'm doing well, even when it feels like there's really nothing I can change. I'm working on some small steps for this month, as well.
What worked for you last month? What hurt your progress that you'd like to improve upon?