Can you believe it's April? Every year I find myself saying more and more often how quickly the months pass. I guess that's probably part of growing up and getting older. But I don't even realize half the time that I am growing up and getting older. Things sneak up on me. If it weren't for the constant reminder that Jace will be eight years old this spring I would be quite shocked by that fact too! I guess time really does fly!
The focus should be, I guess, on what I'm doing with my time, then, right? I mean I can't slow it down. Even though sometimes I'd really like to. I imagine a big ol' hand break that I force back with every ounce of my energy just so I can sit for a second and catch my breath. But that's not going to happen. So, how do I catch my breath? How do I spend my time? Am I living in the spirit of my 2011 motto?
(If you don't want to go back and read that post, here's the short version...rather than make a resolution or set a goal for 2011 I gave myself a word to keep in mind throughout the year. My word is be. I added that I'd specifically like to be intentional and be present.)
I'd like to say that I am. I'm not perfectly being anything. (So thank goodness that wasn't what I wanted to live up to!) But I am being.
I'm being a wife. Scott and I have had some great conversations, enjoyed time together, and are planning a night away later this month.
I'm being a mother. I've taken the kids to the movies and watched some at home with them, without my computer in my lap. (This is key to my being present and intentional. I tend to half pay attention while clicking away on the keyboard. I don't want to do that, so I'm not!) We've done puzzles, read books, gone for walks, cooked together. I've taken time with each of them to do something small one-on-one.
I'm being a friend. I've gathered friends for game night and arranged meetings with others. This is an area that I let slide more than I'd like to admit, but I'm working on improving and feel like progress is being made.
I'm being several other things too. There's never a lack of places to be in, is there? I'm enjoying things, though. I'm enjoying focusing on one task at a time. I like homeschooling with the TV off. I like typing this blog while Tyler's napping and the other two are outside playing. It's not always being intentional and present in only what I'm doing now, but I feel great about it when I'm able to do it. I feel productive and content.
How are you all doing in your 2011? Did you make resolutions? Mottos? Goals? Have you revisited them? I hope everyone's April is off to a wonderful start and that you're all able to be what you want to be.