It felt good to flip the page on my calendar this morning to see which photo would grace my desk for the next 31 days. Nothing like two of my favorite guys in coordinating plaid to make me smile! Also, a month that begins on a Friday, my favorite day of the week, just seems auspicious (never mind that February did, too!)
Reflecting on the post I wrote for February’s Hope check-in, I realized I wanted something a little different for March. The actions I took in February were reactions … to discomfort, stress, everyday things. This month, I’m choosing a proactive approach – inspired by these words from Nelson Mandela
May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.
This month, I’m choosing to:
Try new things. Chia pudding (Lauren sent me the recipe in January, I bought the seeds in February … and I’m gonna do it this month!). Instagram stories (I’m still not quite sure what they are and when to use them, let alone how to post them, but I see they are powerful – and fun – and I want to figure it out and get on board). and I’m sure I’ll find a few more!
Greet the time change with an open heart. I whine about this Spring Forward thing every year, but this year, I think I’m ready to reset my internal clock. I’ve been waking up well before 5 and falling asleep (often well) before 9. My plan is to see what it might be like to wake up around 6 and go to bed around 10. It seems a little crazy – even as I type this – because I’ve come to love those dark early hours … but I know I love the evening light, too.
Invite stillness. I haven’t shared much here about the Enneagram work I embarked on (along with my Friday morning group) last month, but it’s been a game changer. and bottom line, for my type, engaging prayer with stillness is a key to spiritual growth. The other two aspects are solitude and silence, and I’m way more comfortable with both of them … which is probably the point. so … stillness.
Figure out my making plans. This is a little about knitting, but mostly about sewing. and about sewing and fitting skills. I’ve had pretty good success sewing simple tops/dresses. bottoms are another story. I bought an online class to make pants that fit, even with a zipper. and then there are buttonholes and a host of other things that make up well-rounded wardrobe (and let’s not even talk about this #lifegoals!). I’m still enamored by @mybodymodel (honestly also a little intimidated by, too). “figure out” might be a stretch … “figure out a place to start” might be better.
I’m also still working through Layla Saad’s material. The 28-day workbook ended yesterday so I’m now navigating new territory on my own. I took an online class with her yesterday that included a number of concrete action items covering (self) education, introspection and action. I’m not sure where all this is taking me … but I feel confident that trying new things, greeting change with an open heart and getting into a better prayer practice will help.
Here’s to a month of hope (not fear)!
…and here’s to Friday – have a wonderful weekend, my friends.