Giving Myself Grace: For My Time

March 4, 2015

All too often we bloggers pick a word of the year in January and, come March, have completely forgotten that we chose it and are no longer pursuing the heart behind the word we picked.  I know I’ve been guilty of that.  This year, it was my intention to pick an area in life that I’ve been working through in relation to my word of the year but February came and went and my baby boy kept me from blogging as much as I would have liked.  I didn’t get a chance to process and write the blog post I was intending to write. I guess it’s good my word of the year is Grace. Even though I didn’t start it up in February, I would still love to process through my word once a month and share with you all about how my word is changing the way I live my life. Hopefully this will encourage each of you to look back on your words and you will be challenged to continue striving toward whatever goal you hoped to achieve back in January when you picked the word. Giving Myself Grace for My TimePhoto Credit Time. We all have 24 hours in a day but it sometimes seems like others have a lot more time than me.  I mean, really, what do I do with my life?  Often I feel as though all I do is feed Caleb, change Caleb, read to Caleb, try to fit in a little housework, play with Caleb, maybe take a shower, rock Caleb, spend a little time with Nate, and try to sleep.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  How can that take up so much time?!?!?  Trust me, though, it does. I have been finding myself rushing around, trying to do more than I am able to be fit in my 24 hours.  I stress over dishes not being done while I’m nursing Caleb for the 5th time that day.  I’m grieving the fact that I haven’t had a girl’s night in quite a while while I’m putting Caleb down to sleep at 7pm.  I realize I haven’t written a blog post in three days while I’m rolling around on the floor with Caleb.  In February I made it my goal to stop.  I needed to give myself grace for my time. I did my very best to be “in the moment” at all times.  I spent the extra 20 minutes cuddling my baby after he ate rather than making the bed and putting away laundry.  I allowed myself down time while Caleb was napping instead of jumping up and doing dishes.  I let myself take a bath when Nate got home from work, allowing him to play with Caleb, instead of micromanaging their relationship. Guess what…  Things still got done.  Maybe the kitchen wasn’t clean every night before bed but the dishes got done eventually.  Maybe laundry stayed on the floor a few extra days but it got put away eventually.  Maybe my blog missed out on a few days worth of posts but I got back to blogging eventually.  The world didn’t end. Caleb will only be this little for a short while.  Even in these three months he’s already grown and changed so much!  I can’t stress over what I could be doing and miss my time with my little man. Isn’t Grace a great thing?Grace What was your word of the year?
How did your word of the year change you last month?

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