So starts our second week of “The Do What You Can Plan”. I hope that you are progressing with which ever area of your life you are applying it to.
Day 8- Celebrate the Little Sucesses
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.”- Nehemiah 8:10
Celebrate the little things. You can't run a marathon without running a mile first. It running that mile was probably the hardest thing that you had done at that point. If you want to write a book you have to have an outline first. Then you have to write a first chapter and so on. If you want to start a blog to encourage other moms and women you have to have a plan and start the blog. I have so far in this journey started a blog just for this purpose. I still have my personal blog that covers what is going on in my family and will continue to keep it. But this is a seperate blog with a singular purpose. I created a blog button with a picture that I took in Tennessee. It took me some time to figure it out but I did and I celebrated that small success.
Day 9- Say a Hard “No”
“All you need to say is simply “Yes” or “No”; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”- Matthew 5:37
We have talked a lot about saying “yes”. “Yes” to your dream and to yourself. But there are times that you just have to say “no”. Don't overcommit yourself. Say no if you feel like it is going to take away from your family. If your dream is to be a professional speaker, you don't have to say yes to every offer that comes your way. Say no every once in awhile. Don't overload your schedule. Be there for the things that are important to you. Say no if it feels wrong.
Day 10- Find your pace
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18
Slow and steady wins the race. We have all heard that saying. And we all know that it is true. Finding your pace is incredibly important. And it may not be the same as someone else's pace. I started this blog with only a couple of posts for a couple of weeks and now I have a schedule that works for me. Right now it is only 4 days a week. Next month it will be 5. And I will be honest, I don't write them all the day that these posts. I sit down and write one day a week. I have found the pace that works for me. And I am enjoying it so far. I don't want this blog to become a burden and not fun.
Day 11- Overcome the days you want to quit
“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philipians 1:6
I have had several days since I started this journey that I have wanted to walk away. As recent as this week. It is hard. And I can feel Satan fighting me everyday. But I can't give up. I want my children see me accomplish my dream. It may take me awhile to do it but I have to remind myself that I want to keep going.
Day 12- Do something differently
“See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:19
If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. If the first thing that you try doesn't work for you, try something different. If that doesn't work, try something different. Keep trying until you find the thing that works for you. If you know that writing one day a week doesn't work for you then try two days. If that doesn't work write three. If you find that writing five days a week is just too much for you then back down. I know that writing five days a week will not work for me. I know that I will be writing at least two days though. It works with the importance of being there for my family. As I write this, my 12 year old is at a sleepover, my middle two are watching a movie, and my two year old is taking a nap. I am writing when they are having “down time”. This works for me after a few weeks of trying to find the best times to write and to get everything that I want down. I was trying to do everyday. Now it is just 1-3. That works for me.
Day 13- Avoid Comparision
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” Galations 6:4
I know that my blog is not the “best” one out there. I am not trying to be my favorite bloggers and emulate their wonderful blogs. I am trying to have the best blog for me and my purpose. And I will grow into a better blogger just by doing it. Reading other blogs is great. I love to do it. But I will not compare myself to others. That is not helping me on my journey and my purpose.
Day 14- Keep your heart in it
“So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.” Nehemiah 4:6
Have you ever started a project and not finished it because you lost interest in it? I have. Or I will finish it but I can tell that by the end I didn't care anymore. Same goes for school projects with my kids. They start of with good intentions and quickly lose interest and so the finished project is not that great. Keep your heart in the dream. It is your dream for a reason. Don't give up on it and don't lose heart.
Have fun with week 2!