My house has been in a state of change for the past year. We undertook a major remodel and right after it ended, Christmas came. Now we are in the process of trying to put all the things back where they belong, reorganize the entire house, and finish the rest of the painting projects from the remodel.
On a side note, do you know how tedious it is to tape off stairs to prepare them for painting and staining? ?
In other words, things are unfinished….and busy. Can ya relate?
I wear many hats….mom, wife, homeschool teacher, housekeeper, small business owner. Recently, I’ve become increasingly frustrated that I can’t do it all. I haven’t posted the photos of my kitchen yet. Haven’t figured out the social media puzzle for my blog. Haven’t finished about a hundred projects I’ve got rattling around in my head. I find myself wishing I had a clone or could pause time or that I didn’t have to sleep and could just keep working right on through the night. Isn’t that ridiculous?!
So, this year I’m not doing any resolutions. I don’t need to give myself yet another task to focus on.
Instead, I’ve decided that I need to work on giving myself grace. For my own sanity and for the sake of my family. I want to focus on the important. Later in life, will I worry that I didn’t get that extra post out…that some of my photos weren’t magazine worthy…that I didn’t finish that one project? I think I’d worry more if I thought I’d treated my family like an item to check off my list.
So if you’re feeling like I am, let’s not give ourselves more resolutions of things to do. Let’s seek more grace, more smiles, more simple joy in life. I thank God for the grace He’s shown me and pray that I can learn to show it to myself and my family.
Now, don’t think I’m aiming to be a disorganized mess this year! I still want to be productive. But instead of those yearly resolutions that often seem so overwhelming to me, I’m setting weekly goals. At the end of each week, I’m going to make a list of a few things that I need to accomplish and a few things that I’d like to accomplish for the upcoming week.
Hopefully these goals will give me something to shoot for, but in manageable-sized pieces. And above all, I intend to do it with grace.
And if you are interested in the lovely oil painting that is on my mantel, it was painted by my friend, Kristie, of Kristie Shelton Studio. She does such beautiful work!
Also, as a gift to you, I made this downloadable that you can print (click the link below the picture).
I pray you have a grace-filled year!