Spring is here! At least the calendar says so. Here in Kentucky, the weather has yet to receive the message. We had snow flurries instead of flowers on the first day of spring.
I LOVE this time of year though. It is a time of new beginnings, bright, happy colors, shedding the winter blahs and for me, some of the pounds I put on over the winter! It is nature’s reminder to begin again and let go of the old stuff, mistakes, and even fears that may be holding you back.
You’ll see & hear lots of commercials encouraging you to get busy! Spring clean your house from top to bottom, redo your landscaping, refresh your wardrobe, do home improvements, and on and on. Well, whether you choose to do any of those things or not, I’d love to challenge you to do something that won’t cost a thing, won’t leave you worn out or broke and will end up being a GIFT to you and your family over the next few months and beyond.
I challenge you to be brave and spring clean your SCHEDULE to enjoy your life more.
If you’re like most people, your schedule still includes things that don’t fit with your life right now. Give yourself permission to take a fresh look at what it is you REALLY want to do with your life during this season. Everything else gets either put aside for another time or tossed altogether. No one else is going to do that analysis for you but people will try to cram your schedule full of “stuff” that doesn’t fit in with your priorities if you aren’t clear on your priorities are.
To do this, grab your planner, a pen, and a journal. This is something you can do as a family together or you can do it all on your own.
Start by writing out your top priorities for this season of your life. An easy way to do this is to write out the “roles” you play during this season. Some examples: Mother, wife, volunteer, employee, church member, coach etc. Once you’ve written those out, then list the things under each heading that you do now and things that you would like to be doing. If your volunteer column is lengthy and your wife column is running on empty, you may decide to drop something from your volunteer section to make room for spending more time with your husband. You could plan for regular date nights or a weekend to send the kids off to their grandparents so you can have that much-needed time together. See where I’m going here? This is a great exercise to see if one area is too crowded and another is starving.
If you find that you are out of balance:
- recognize it
- pray about it
- adjust it where possible
Some seasons of your life are just tough and you may feel there’s not much you can do about it. Maybe you’re caring for a sick family member while also raising small children. Be aware that this may be a season where instead of volunteering like you’ve always done, you need to schedule some alone time regularly instead so you can refresh and be ready to serve again. If you are burnt out, you won’t be a blessing to anyone. Be aware of your changing roles and be brave enough to say “no” when others ask you do things that don’t fit with your priorities right now. You will enjoy your life so much more when you are living out your priorities!