I haven't posted lately (umm.. since the end of JANUARY!) how I've been doing with my one little word for the year. But I have been keeping up with it. Here's a little recap:
I was in the exhaustion phase of being pregnant. It was seriously all I could do to keep up with Harvey and the basic things going on in my life. I decided to refine the focus on myself. Gosh, that sounds selfish. But it was good for me. I know, at least with myself, it is so hard to say "No." Especially when it's something good, but just not the right time, or I just didn't have the energy to pull it off.
But since I was refining my focus, I allowed myself to say - without guilt - that I needed a nap more than those dishes needed to be cleaned. That it was perfectly okay for me to tell a neighbor that I just wouldn't be able to do a favor that they had asked me. That I needed to accept my mother's offer to clean around my house a bit. I learned that sometimes, it's essential and healthy to put your needs above others.
Sometime around the end of March, I stumbled upon a blog that has seriously inspired me. Shannon from The Red Headed Hostess, is a Seminary Teacher (teaching religion to high school students), and has spoken for the (awesome) LDS program Especially For Youth, among many other things. Please - check out her blog.
My favorite idea on her blog are her Scripture Journals. From a young age, I have kept "church notebooks" - notes and handouts from youth classes, notes from speeches at EFY, inspiration I've received at church, and all of my notes from classes while attending BYU-Nauvoo. Now that I'm a church teacher for the young women ages 14-17 in my church... I've learned the value of having written all of that down. But there was a major problem with my system. Every time I remembered some specific tidbit of info, I have to hunt it down. Literally sift through a pile of notebooks until I found what I was looking for.
Sharron solved my problem with her system. I took the month of April to refine all of my notes, handouts and inspiration. I made myself a new scripture journal, set up her system inside, and transferred a TON of info from some of my notebooks. In fact, I have already merged all of my youth notebooks into my new journal. I'm still working on all of my Nauvoo stuff, but it will take a while. And the best part? I actually look forward to studying the scriptures, and relearning all of the amazing doctrine I wrote down!
Last month, we were in the final stages of finishing our basement. And for the last 2 and a half years, our basement has been the catch-all for junk. Yikes! I decided to refine our home, and get rid of anything and everything we didn't absolutely cherish or weren't currently using. *Phew!* It took a LOT of patience, work, and WILLPOWER to go through it all. And I was brutal. My mom's neighborhood is having a yard sale (she lives in a gated community) and I'm participating this Saturday. Anything that doesn't sell, is going straight to Goodwill. I am seriously LOVING the space. It just feels lighter.
As I told my mom: "If I haven't used it in 5 years, then why keep it? When I buy something that I really will use... but have no room for it, I just have to go through and reorganize all of the junk that I'm not using to make room. I spend too much time sorting and moving all the junk - or worse - searching through the junk for the stuff I love and need. I'm over it."
Okay. I'm going to admit something embarrassing: I'm not great with money. In the past I've blamed it on all sorts of things, but I'm done with that. What I do with my (our) money is completely my (our) responsibility. No more blaming. Just change. I have been blessed with the knowledge of Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover for 5 years now, and it's about time I put it into practice. I'll let you know how refining my money habits goes..