Hello friends! Happy Tuesday & end of February!!
As February comes to a close I can’t help but think to what has driven me the past few months. Lately, I’ve been searching to find direction and clarity with what brings me joy and productivity so that I’m able to better serve my clients and loved ones. When I sat down to really hone in on what these things were I thought back to the New Year Resolutions I set.
You’re probably thinking, “Huh, those are still a thing in February?” They do last beyond January believe it or not!! I was very intentional when setting these resolutions because I wanted to use them to help grow personally and professionally.
So, thinking back to the blog post I did listing out my NYRs, I had the ones I wasn’t too worried about keeping because I knew I had a good foundation to create the habit. They were:
The last NYR however was a tricky one for me. Reading two books per month. This coming from the girl who it once took two years to finish one book and I’m not even really sure I remember the ending. This was a goal I knew would be the hardest for me to succeed at because it was exploiting a weakness of mine. In the past when I would sit down to read, I’d just think of all the other things I could be getting done. Once I shifted my mindset to taking this time to learn and further develop, it was a game changer.
I didn’t meet this goal in January. I only read 1.5 books, so I went into the first week of February determined to finish She Means Business by Carrie Green (which I did!). I started to think “Maybe it’d just be easier if I switched it to 1.5 books per month because that seems a little more manageable.”
I sat down two weeks ago and wrote an outline for this blog and guess what? I had only finished 1 out of my 2 books for February. I heard that voice sneak back in and say “Well really, you only need to read half of the second one.” I continued to write a rough draft of how it’s okay if you slip as long as you’re doing your best. I even wrote:
“Reading two books was a lofty goal at the beginning of the year, but I’m doing my best! … Even though I haven’t reached my 2 books per month goal, I am bound and determined to not beat myself up about it. Instead I’m choosing to reflect and adjust. I still want to keep the goal of 2 books per month, but I am adjusting my mentality that if I only get to 1.5, that’s okay too. ”
I call BS, past Emily. B.S. FREAKING ALERT. I just wasn’t making it a priority!! I was not doing my best and I was not okay with that. It was only after writing it out and seeing that I was accepting mediocrity, that I challenged myself to do better. And I did. I finished the second book in 7 days.
We need to truly believe we can accomplish the goals that we set for ourselves. If we don’t believe we can do it with every fiber in our bodies, we won’t. Plain and simple. Yes I know we can’t always do everything we set out to do, but did you at least give it your all? Giving myself that excuse for not finishing the second book was just taking an easy way out because I hadn’t dedicated the time to it.
I went to an event in the beginning of January and we got on the subject of New Year Resolutions. What I learned was that most people hadn’t even bothered to make any because they knew they wouldn’t keep them. That breaks my heart! It’s like they didn’t see themselves worthy of bettering themselves or didn’t believe enough in themselves to even try.
If you’re on the edge of your seat with excitement to know the two books I finished this month, they were “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis and “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. Both wonderful books that I highly recommend!!
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read the words I put out on this blog. Take the time today to really think about one thing you can do in your life to become a better version of yourself and don’t put anything less than your best into becoming that you. Never forget that you are worthy of everything you desire.
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I know some of you reading this aren’t Catholic or don’t recognize Lent in your life, but I still want you to keep reading. There are many lessons that Lent can teach us. Lent is a time of reflection, sacrifice and transformation. It is a time that we take a look at our lives and reflect how we are living and compare that to how God would want us to live our lives. It is a time that we look at how we can be better versions of ourselves.
Usually in lent, its commonly known that things are either added to or removed from our lives. By adding other good habits to our lives, we can be transformed by them. It is us taking action to being better versions of ourselves. By giving up or deleting things from our life or routine, it is a way for us to try to understand a fraction of the sacrifice Jesus made for us by dying on the cross. Some people choose to keep their Lenten resolutions to themselves, and that is perfectly fine! It is a time of inner transformation, however I’m choosing to share mine for the sole purpose to inspire. I want to inspire you to be better versions of yourselves and maybe, just maybe, these three things I’m changing in my life can serve as inspiration.
So how is this different than new year’s resolutions? For those who recognize Lent, I guess there are a lot of similarities, there’s just more of a purpose for adding or giving up things. I will still (yes, still!! I haven’t given up on them yet!) keep up my New Year’s Resolutions, but I will be adding on these three things as well to grow in my faith. You may be thinking, “I can’t possibly add MORE things to my busy schedule and hectic daily routine!!”. If this is you let me ask you, are you BUSY, or PRODUCTIVE? What can you add or delete from your life that would make you more PRODUCTIVE? I had a talk with my husband the other day about the big difference between the two. Busyness leads us to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Being productive however can make us feel accomplished and fulfilled.
Whether you recognize lent or not, how can you transform your life? What do you need to delete from your life that isn’t serving you? What can you do to be more productive? Whatever it is, let’s do it together. If not now, when?
Until next time!
Knowing what to keep and what to get rid of, whether that be donating or tossing, is one of the hardest things to master when you’re getting organized. There are a few simple ways to distinguish what category your items should go in (listed in the table below), but there is a definite gray area for most things. So, lets break it down by room!
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!