CHANGES in song...listen!
I am a mom, a wife and work full time. I'm a high school teacher.
I like to think of myself as progressive, someone flexible and fast-learning and able to go with the flow. However, the truth is, at times I find change uncomfortable. I am resilient, but that doesn't mean I like it. I cozy up with what's safe and comfortable and get into a rut. Oh what a comfy yet stale rut it is.
What's the fallout of that? A life that becomes disorganized and boring because of bad habits and a lack of time and energy to break out and make positive change.
Well, not anymore. I had a chat with myself when I was pregnant with my son, who was born in February 2011. I told myself, the gestationally diabetic, tired, huffing and puffing self that all the "I'm gonnas" regarding losing weight had to end. Now it was serious! Gestational diabetes, which is purely hormonal and not related to diet, can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes later in life. That is just plain unacceptable. I don't want diabetes full time. I don't want to be overweight and tired and hiding and joking about it to somehow make it less serious. I want to be healthy and live as long as possible to see my children grow up and become productive citizens.
The other conversation I had with myself was about my general lack of discipline and organization in my spiritual life, work life, my home life and my financial life. Good intentions? Plenty. Previous attempts to be more organized and a better steward of my time, resources and money? Tons. Follow through to make it a new and lasting habit? Nada.
By serendipity, I seem to be working on changing many areas of my life at one time. This seems overwhelming, crazy, even foolish. But for me, it makes sense. It is all connected. The need for discipline and organization is what requires change.
I plan to share my journey of change in the areas of personal health, finances, domestic upkeep and the like. I hope you will join me, a regular person, as I make changes, permanent changes, that will increase my ability to enjoy life and live out the purpose and plan that God has for my life. As I continue on this project of personal overhaul, I am believing Phillipians 4:13 "I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."