JANUARY IN REVIEW

Over the past five years, I’ve participated in an in-depth goal setting and goal reaching process created by Lara Casey – they’re called Powersheets. I still learn new things each year I begin the process and am enjoying helping other women navigate the process.

I have shared (and deleted) many of my monthly tending lists that break down my big goals into actionable monthly, weekly and daily tasks. Two of my big goals for 2019 are (1) to write and (2) to encourage more folks to tend to their souls. Sharing an update on how I’m reaching these goals, or how I may be missing the mark, here in this space seems a next natural step. I only hope that it offers you some encouragement, answers some soul care questions and inspires you in the things you are called to walk out in your own life.

For the items that are completed successfully, I’ve put a line through them. For those action items I only partially completed or are incomplete, they will remain unmarked and likely include and an excuse explanation.

MONTHLY ACTION ITEMS

  • Read, Finish & Return: Taming the Dragon – a sort read, that helped me understand the underbelly of being in menopause and how to deal with it naturally
  • Finance talk with Mister regarding my debt & savings plan (an update) – this is like a drive-by y’all; it’s not my favorite thing to talk to my husband about. Or anyone for that matter. I’ve made some bad financial decisions and am now cleaning up my mess. I am sharing with him and he is patient. I am eager for the victory that will come from me eliminating the debt I’ve accrued using the Dave Ramsey method and saying “no” to more.
  • Save $25 I did it y’all! And with the savings account that I have, when you have a certain amount of money in your account, a transfer is made to help “save as you go”. It’s not a lot ($53!) but I started with $0, didn’t touch it once and now I’m well on my way to having a savings account built on discipline and godly stewardship of at least $500 before the end of the year.
  • Set Meeting Schedule with Boss  Yes! A standing appointment at Redefined Coffee in Grapevine, Texas (such a cool place) every Monday at the same time.
  • Mail ALL New Year’s Day Cards I wasn’t even going to do this. One night when I couldn’t sleep, I was enjoying the photos on my phone and saw a great special. 40 of our family and friends hopefully received a smile in their mailboxes to wish them a Happy New Year. It was a good experience and we just got a $20 discount in the mail so I think we may be able to send a bunch more.
Spokane, Summer Wedding 2018
a wedding in spokane (circa July 2018)
  • Finish 8 books – I was kind of close, well not really…you can see the ones I completed over here.
  • Birthday Package/Plan for 2019 – I don’t have a one-size fits all kind of gift in mind yet, but I’ve made some progress in making sure I record people’s birthdays and send them a message via text or private messenger. I’m open to ideas here people!
  • Paint “with the yellow” We got a beautiful board sign for our home as a gift. On the night we painted it, we chose a color that didn’t do the sign right. We added another piece of wall art that had just the right yellow that we were looking for, so I painted over the original color with the yellow paint. It’s not perfect, but it’s done and it’s the new color finishes the sign.

Gather With the Sathers

  • Take 155,000 steps – 102, 628 steps; I can do better!

WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS

  • Post & Memorize Scriptures on GRACE – I memorized one (Psalm 62:5) and posted another one (Ephesians 2:8+9) for two weeks, it was almost memorized
  • Email Mister every single week, I emailed my heart to my hubby
  • Bake peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, lemon pie, and strawberry-rose butter

Homemade Lemon Pie

  • Date Your Spouse – we put this on hold during the 35-day government shutdown, read our story here, here, and here
  • Watch an American Film Institute Film – just couldn’t get it together to watch any of these, I was often busy reading the news
  • Blog Post (2 each week) every week, one week even three!
  • #Motherlovetext – every Friday I send a text of encouragement to my 19yo. He is not required to respond, but when he does it makes my day. I’ve been doing this for about three years, this is the most consistent I’ve ever been and I believe he still appreciates it.

DAILY ACTION ITEMS/HABITS

  • 100 Days of Grace & Gratitude I missed a couple of days but would catch up. It’s been a favorite daily habit to spend time with watercolors, God’s word and a short playlist of five songs that I play each time I do this activity.

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This playlist serves as a cue for developing this new habit. When this 100 days is over on April 10th, I’ll start a new habit for the next 100 days (not sure what it is just yet), taking the rest of July and August off and then beginning again on September 1st to develop one last new habit.

My February Tending List is now complete so I’ll begin working on all of the things and taking all of the steps I can. One of the “things” I’m most excited about is that I’ll be running a closed Facebook Workshop called, “Alphabet Soup for the Soul”. You can sign up for this workshop and participate right from your phone. Find all of the details and get signed up for the workshop right here.

Also, if you’re not subscribed to this website, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment and do that here. Every single blog post (one to two each week) and my monthly newsletter (which went out to subscribers earlier this week) will land directly in your email inbox. Finally, I’ll be updating the resources page each month, so please consider checking back for new goodies that are designed to help you dig deeper as you tend to your soul.

Thank you for cheering me on and loving me as I learn to tend to my soul and help others do the same. Hoping to see many of you in the Alphabet Soul Care Workshop this month!

 

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