I haven't had a whole lot of extra time in the past five or six months to explore new blogs, but this week, I unexpectedly had some more free time than I was anticipating and I discovered another blogger named Brittany who blogs at The Kardia Blog. She's hosting a link-up today that really speaks my language and I needed a blog post topic today, so here I am, writing about flourishing creatively.
10 Things I Am Grateful For
1. Our sweet, healthy, growing babe who we get to meet in just 19 weeks
2. Friends who have gone before me in the journey of motherhood
3. Flannel PJs
4. An interesting and challenging career
5. God's provision
6. Cozy coffee shops
7. The Serial Podcast to get me through those monontonous tasks
8. Vulnerable and transparent conversations
9. Teeny tiny baby flannels and moccasins
I will flourish creatively this year by...
Consistently writing out my thoughts, prayers, fears, anxiety and praises in a journal. I love looking back at old journals and seeing how I processed life events, big and small. It gives me so much hope to look back and see the prayers God has answered and the unique ways He did so. Along these lines, I want to make notes of scriptures that I cling to during certain times in my life by writing dates near them in my bible as another way of reminding me of God's faithfulness and provision.
Reading more books outside of my comfort zone. I have a certain type of book that I gravitate to and will always love curling up with when I need a little break from reality, but I want to explore more books that challenge my mind and my heart.
Staying active for my mental sanity instead of for weight loss purposes. For the first time in my life, I've realized that I've believed the lie that working out is something you do when only you want to lose weight. I never knew I believed that until I got pregnant, and found myself making excuses to skip the gym. The first 15 weeks I was miserably sick, but then after that, I was out of the habit and found myself thinking "why bother?" Working out has always been a mental release for me, and I've always been the type of person who needs those endorphins. After a few days of skipping a workout, I find myself feeling a case of the blahs, not wanting to do a whole lot of anything besides binge on Netflix. This month, and the rest of the year I am focusing on getting exercise, even if its just a walk at lunch or a yoga class so I can be more balanced and clearheaded in other areas of my life.
Simplifying, and removing our home of unnecessary clutter. As we've started making preparations for baby, I've noticed just how much stuff we have in every single room of the house. I found a storage tote full of old sheets and pillowcases that I haven't even opened in years, but I still couldn't bring myself to get rid of it, just incase I needed them someday. Every room in our house is full of stuff that doesn't have a home, and the doors are just pulled shut, out of sight, out of mind. This year, I want to get rid of all that excess and live a more simple and organized life. I've found that often, my heart reflects the state of my home, and when my home is chaotic and messy, I feel like my life is chaotic and out of control itself.
What the word flourish means to me...
When I think of flourishing, I think of blooming where I am planted. It means that instead of thinking and dreaming and wishing for that "next season" or for circumstances in my life to change, that I am making the absolute best of the season I am in right now. It means to be practicing gratitude, and having a spirit of love and servanthood to everyone around me: my husband, my family, my coworkers and my friends. Flourishing means seeking out ways to grow in every area of my life.