Happy 3rd of July! :) I hope you all have a great Independence Day weekend! My family doesn't have too much planned, just some potlucks with our church family and maybe fireworks later tomorrow night. I also just realized that I don't have my annual red, white, and blue outfit picked out yet. Good thing I'm working today at the mall ;) Haha just kidding, I need to save my money.
Anyways, since it's the first friday of the month (already?!) that means it's time for another Flourish linkup! Last month seemed to just fly by. This month, we're talking about ways we plan to flourish in our daily lives and routines. Daily habits isn't sometimes an area that you put much thought into because, well, they're habits already. I can't wait to hear the different ways you plan to flourish in this area!
10 Things I Am Grateful For:
- Opportunities brought to me through blogging
- My cats
- The library
- A job, even if it doesn't pay the best
- Children that remind me to enjoy the simplicity of life
- The sweet sound of birds chirping in the morning
- Summer picnics
- My sister
I will flourish in my daily habits / routines this year by
Streamlining my daily tasks. I'm a big fan of flexible routines, meaning I like having a vision for what the day will be like, but I know that plans can change and that's ok. To get the most out my day, I plan on multitasking at things such as breakfast, news, and emails while single-tasking at really important things, like homework, the blog, and Caleb's business. I plan on posting more about my daily routines on the blog later in August.
Doing homework in my free time. Last year I always did my homework in the evening or in a big batch on Sunday. The problem is, those are the times when I don't want to be doing homework. So in an effort to free up more time in the evenings and weekends, I'll use my breaks during the school day to finish any assignments I can rather than wasting that time on Pinterest.
Saying no. I'm a people pleaser, which means that it's really hard for me to say no when people ask me to help with something. Because of that, I start to take on too much, causing me to because overwhelmed at all the tasks I have to accomplish. This year I'll selectively choose what I want to spend my time doing. By saying no more often, I'll be able to focus on the tasks at hand and do a better job.
Setting goals with rewards. I'm also planning on setting up a reward system for my goals to help motivate me. I'll work on 1 or 2 goals at a time and mark each day off on a calendar that is displayed prominently for me to see. Another way to be kept accountable!
Last month we wrote on how we planned to flourish healthfully. And honestly, for the last part of the month, I was slacking on my goals :( Part of the reason why is probably because I spontaneous took a trip out for nearly a week help out at an event. When I came back, I wasn't into my routine, so my workouts and sleeping schedule got a bit thrown off. I didn't quit though! Not at all. I'm just working on getting back into that routine that I was in at the beginning of the month.
One thing that will definitely help me in the long term is goal setting. Caleb and I made a simple spreadsheet with our body measurements and weight and set goals for where we wanted to be in two years (because it takes time!). Then we divided them into quarterly goals as stepping stones to the overall goal. So every three months, we'll come back and measure ourselves and see where we need to work harder on improving. It's very motivating!
Next month’s prompt is how you will flourish in your work / career. Examples would include: steps to take to become more knowledgeable, where you want to be in the next 5 years, how you plan to improve, ways to stay current in your niche, 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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