A few months ago, when 2014 was drawing to a close, I felt this urge to live my life with values that can't be shaken and to live in a way that is purposeful and honors the Lord. I felt the need to encourage others to do so as well. That's what brought me to create the Flourish linkup, a place where dreams are supported, virtue is respected, love is overflowing, and growth is encouraged.
Over the past three months, I've discovered that there are other women out there yearning for a purposeful life. I know I am. That's why I've been writing on topics that are close to my heart, such as the list of 50 Essential Values to Renew in Your Life, A Call for Simplicity, and 100 Things to Throw Away. We are called to flourish in life! This is why I get so excited about the Flourish linkup each month! It's designed to help you evaluate and discover how you will become the best version of yourself.
This month is no exception. The prompt, how will you flourish emotionally, really makes you think! I'm excited to share my thoughts with all of you, and I can't wait to hear what you have to say as well :)
10 Things I Am Grateful For:
- The sound of rain
- Green grass
- Handwritten letters
- Mouthwatering food
- Cameras that capture memories
I will flourish emotionally this year by
Exercising patience. This is a hard one for me at times. When I want something to happen or if I want to be somewhere, I want it to happen now! Thankfully, that's not how the world works and God is slowly showing me how to be more patient. Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit that I want to have in any situation.
Stopping the comparison game. The internet makes it really easy to gain insight to the lives of others. If looked at positively, you can learn things that will enhance your life. If abused, you might find yourself comparing your life to theirs. The truth is, my life will not be the same as my Pinterest one. But that's ok. My life is beautiful just the way it is, and so is yours! Let's stop the comparison game and focus on our real, incredibly unique lives.
Taking more breaks. To avoid feeling overwhelmed and overworked, I want to schedule times throughout the day where I can step back and relax. I've found that when I set a reminder on my phone/computer to take a break at a certain time, I can come back feeling refreshed and energized.
Making the best of every situation. Things don't always go as planned. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, it's hard for me to stay positive once I realize the plan isn't happening the way I wanted it to. To change that, I'm going to think creatively and adapt to things as they happen. A positive attitude can change everything!
Last month we wrote on how we planned to flourish in our relationships with others. One of my goals was to spend more time with my friends and family. When I prioritized what was important in my life, my friends and family were up at the top. I realized that since I didn't seem to have any time to spend with them, I needed to start making time for them. I did this in a few ways.
I began visiting my best friends' room at night when I got back to the dorm (they're twins!). Since we all have different schedules, we don't see each other very often. Stopping by to say hello and chat for a few minutes helps us stay connected and share exciting things that have happened to us. I look forward to it every night!
I also decided not to work over spring break so that I could spend more time at home, with my family. It was so nice to relax and be, well, home.
I'm really glad I'm focusing more on my relationships with others, because whether it's a good relationship or a not-so-good one, how we interact with others directly impacts us. I plan on continuing to flourish in this area of life each and every day :)
Next month's prompt is how you will flourish healthfully. Examples would include: changing different aspects of your diet, your exercise regimen, goals such as drinking enough water or going to sleep by a certain time, etc. If you're new to the linkup, you can find all of the details right here! I hope you join us sometime, because I'd love to read what you have to say!
If you’d like me to send you a reminder email the week before the linkup, sign up using the link below! I promise to only send you the reminder email and not spam you with random junk.
The linkup will go live the first Friday of every month at 6 am CST. You’ll be able to submit your take on the week’s prompt, as well as discover how other’s are planning to Flourish in the different aspects of their lives! My hope is that this linkup will encourage you to take steps, however big or small, towards becoming the best version of yourself. Don’t aim for perfection, but refine what works for you. Here’s to Flourishing in 2015!
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