I feel like I let you down. I had plans to share many things with all of you and have not done so. I have planned and prepped to release many posts, but just got caught up in trying to have a particular pattern that I have let it all get backed up.
Now that we finally get to catch up over some tea I can sit down and chat with my bluddies.
The month of January was for renewing and taking a few minutes each day for some ME time. I made sure to engage in an activity I enjoyed and to help me unwind. Setting some time aside for myself reminded me that I am valuable.
I am used to spending a lot of my time making sure others know their worth, not only to me, but how truly special and unique they are as a whole. It is part of who I am so that is not going to change. However, through my challenge of renewing and “doing me” I learned that giving so much of myself can be draining and I need to know when it is time to take a break.
I am feeling much more energized these days and I have been able to get back to a few of the things I love and have left behind for too long.
I started Bible journaling. I used to have daily devotionals and I would journal every day, but as time became more constrained I stopped writing, and reduced some of the reading to be honest, and just maintained prayer.
Prayer is powerful and experience is a great teacher, but I believe there are tons of amazing life lessons in scripture and getting back to reading the Bible daily refills my drained and empty cup and refuels me to take on the day.
I recently discovered Bible art journaling and hand lettering so I experimented a bit with it.
Engaging in art and writing has been very therapeutic and I will be adding it in regularly.
I am dancing again! I started taking a lyrical/jazz dance class with my dear friend, Annie, once a week and it has been a lot of fun! We feel like a pair of Golden Girls (yes I mean the show LOL) because the class is ages 10 and up and most do not appear to be over the age of 12! But dancing has always been one of my passions and I am excited every time dance class comes around 🙂
Date nights are back! My husband and I took a trip on our own in the beginning of the year to celebrate 8 years together! We had an amazing time and we decided to keep one day out of the week just for us (no plans with anyone else; sorry my loved ones) to keep our relationship strong and be reminded that we can find rest and refuge in each other.
Marriage is work and it can be hard to adjust to each other’s quirks, but instead of feeling like we want a break from each other, we want US to be the first place we turn to when we need a shoulder to lean on.
As we our finishing up with our cup of tea, I would like to share what my challenge for February is…
Just Share It
Yes, just like Nike’s slogan to Just Do It, I plan to go ahead and just share everything that has gotten backed up for way too long.
I will start with all the recipes and just work from there. The format for my recipes will change just so I can get them all out there to you.
I have also seen many great movies so there will be a few more Flick Picks and I will be sharing TV shows that I watched from start to finish.
I started to get back to reading so I can have a few more Book Nooks out for you.
There are also more theme parties to come, places I visited (I am finally going to share my Colombia trip!!), DIYs, and I am working on setting up a day to start my hairstyle tutorials and get some out on the blog, too.
There have been several award nominations, challenges, and tags I have yet to get to. For those of you who have nominated me, I am utterly grateful that you thought of me 🙂 If I have already received a nomination for the same award before I am not going to do a whole post on it, but I will be sending out a huge THANK YOU to my nominators because it really means a lot to me.
For Move It Monday, check out the updated rules here.
For Pay It Forward Friday, I will be using #PIF instead of #PIFF from now on because of the different meaning #PIFF has in Instragram.
I am looking forward to sharing more and spending more time reading your posts as well!
“Life is not about making others happy. Life is about sharing your happiness with others.”