I’m 4 days into a 10 day challenge Jon Acuff is leading and I only followed through on Day 1. My Do Over goal? Write for 10 minutes each day. But the problem is I over think everything I write. At least on here. Nope, take that back. Everything means everywhere. I tend to edit as I type rather than just letting the words come and then worry about sentence structure and all that jazz. Thank you very much liberal arts education at a writing intense school. Shout out to all my Randy-Mac girls out there who can never “just write” again.
But maybe my first mistake was committing to posting a blog entry every day for 10 days. The challenge is to work on something you’d like to do over (complete or improve from a previous attempt) for 10 minutes every day for 10 days. I
can’t haven’t been able to get a post out in 10 minutes yet. Nope. I’m too busy editing as I write and then thinking about which pictures I can insert or what graphic I can make on my phone.
Not this time. Not for the next 10 days. Nope, I’m just going to write for 10 minutes. Whatever God puts on my heart and then I’m going to hit the publish button. Well, I’ll go back and edit for typos and such. To do otherwise would be sheer madness. Or is it shear?
So here I go, starting the Do Over Challenge, for the second time. Why did I start over the first time? That’s another blog. Ooh, I can spend ten minutes on that tomorrow.
…my blogger friends gave to me: The permission to Finish
I had a plan. A plan to post for twelve consecutive days to encourage others to start fresh in 2015. God had a different plan. Twin B got sick and keeping up with posting took a back seat to being a mom. As Twin B was on the mend I picked up posting again, albeit a couple of days behind on the “12 Days of Christmas” theme. So I planned to do two days per day for a couple of days to catch up. But again, God had a different plan. Twin A caught whatever his brother had. Good to see they can share sometimes.
So here I am, on the night of the 9th Day of Christmas, posting Day 6.
In the past, I would be berating myself about only being three days into the new year and already deviating from my plans. But not this year. My One Word for 2015 is FINISH. Although the word doesn’t overtly imply grace, it is a grace filled word. Until very recently I allowed the lie of perfection to dictate what I would or would not accomplish. Let’s be honest, it was usually the latter. If I couldn’t do it exactly the way I envisioned it, or how I thought others expected it to be, I didn’t do it at all. Or I would start it, see that it wasn’t going to be perfect, then stop.
FINISH gives me the permission to give myself the grace to do just that, finish what I’ve started. Regardless of the outcome. So, I intend to finish the “12 Days of Christmas” posts, even if it takes me 30 days to do it. I also plan on finishing a ridiculously long list of books that I started but put down.
What is one thing you need to give yourself the grace to finish?
…my blogger friends gave to me: The permission to Rest
No book or blog recommendations or photos needed for this one. Rest looks and feels different for each person. Over the years, rest has looked very different for me. Walking while jamming out to music. Shop therapy at Loose Lucy’s (feels like a lifetime ago now). Reading magazines while drinking hot tea at Barnes and Noble. Napping when my oldest son used to nap in the house (now it’s only the car). Morning quiet time in the kitchen spending time in God’s word and watching the sun rise. Vegging out on the couch watching back to back episodes of my favorite television series. I am currently back to napping when the twins do.
You know what rest looks for you right now in this current season. So do it. For your own well being, and the well being of those you love, take time out of your crazy busy schedule and rest. Pencil it in if you have to.
I don’t think you need convincing that resting is good for you. But, like me, you may not always believe it’s a worthwhile endeavor. The world around us is vying for our attention, lying to us “If you just get this one more thing accomplished…” – you fill in the promise. The biggest lie I fall for is “…you’ll be all caught up”. As a teacher, a mother, and a wife I’ve come to suspect that there’s no such thing as “all caught up”. There’s always more to do. Even the hamster on the wheel takes a break from time to time, right? So, as 2014 winds down, and before we gear up for 2015, let’s give each other permission to rest.
Full disclosure: The 3rd Day of Christmas was yesterday. I took a two hour nap and went to bed at a decent hour rather than stress over hitting the publish button on time.
…my blogger friends gave to me: The permission to Dream
Dreams can be scary. God dreams tend to be scary, but scary good. You know He’s got something big in store for you. Like Ephesians 3:20 big and you’re scared that it’ll shake up your life a bit too much.
If the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone has you frozen in your tracks, check out Jon Acuff’s Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work that Matters. That’s by far the best title of a book. Ever. Start not only dares you to dream, but gives you the courage to make your dreams come true. Acuff also provides homework in the appendix to put some action behind that newly found courage.
I’m not sure if Lara Casey has read any of Jon Acuff’s books or attended any of his speaking engagements, but her PowerSheets seamlessly pick up where Start‘s homework leaves off. The sheets walk you through introspective prep work (daring you to once again punch fear in the face) and then setting goals to tackle every day, week, and month. Midway (after the third month) through the sheets you’ll go through a “refresh” process (similar to the initial prep work) to assess your progress and adjust your goals as needed. In her 2015 PowerSheets video, Lara Casey stresses that the sheets are “about progress, not perfection” which is something we strongly encourage at Catalyst Movement.
She also mentions how sharing our goals – via social media, with trusted friends, in the FB PowerSheets group, and small groups (online #2015GoalSetting or in person) – fosters accountability and can provide a source of encouragement. Which is exactly what the inneractive™ Fit Club F.O.C.U.S. leadership series does. It’s not about making more or even doing more. It is an opportunity to tap into your God given abilities – gifts and talents – and use them to be more. Be more what exactly? That depends on you and what God’s called you to do. Everyone of us has a passion that God has knitted into the very fabric of who we are.
Maybe you want to monetize whatever it is you’re passionate about. Perhaps you simply want to explore it and see how God can use your story to bless others. Or maybe you have so many ideas about your goals that you don’t know where to start. This mentoring program will help you with all of that and more. Click the image below for more details.
So, as you reflect on 2014 and dream about what’s to come in 2015, do your dreams scare you?