I took some time to reflect on the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the new year. I took those goals and decided which ones I can work on during this period of isolation, specifically ones that had been more neglected than others.
My Daily Intentions:
These are some of the intentions I have set for everyday. I have a few others that apply to my goals specifically, but these are ones that seem to apply to most everyone.
***I was gifted this bible by a group of friends who reached out to the creator, Shana Noel. I could not find a link to the exact bible, but I linked one very similar. It is intended to be used for bible journaling, but I really love taking notes in the wide spaced columns. I also like how it is coiled, so I can fold it over easily. ***
I have seen so many say it and I can not help but agree that perhaps, this period of necessary isolation is God’s way of saying we need to slow down. I have had this devotional for a while and decided to pull it out and start working through it. Ironically, I am already seeing that as I am completing the daily readings and I am only a couple days into it.
As a writer and English major, I really should enjoy reading more than I do. At some point, it stopped being a pleasure and more of a dreaded task for school. While I do read quite a bit, it is not always for fun. I picked up this book that was recommended by Val Marie on her blog and am planning to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz next. I have noticed that if I commit to just reading for 15 minutes or focusing on one chapter that I actually do not want to stop.
I have been writing for years now and have made it a consistent daily habit for well over a year now, but one of my new year’s resolutions is to work on poetry. I used to hate poetry and it is still not my favorite forms of writing, but it has forced me to be creative. I am constantly creating new ideas, so I am now making it a daily intention to write out and explore the ideas I have. It has also forced me to shift my mindset from writing-to-share to now writing-for-myself. Plus, it gives me a reason to use this fun Softbound Notebook from Erin Condren!
Other Activities I Am Incorporating:
These are all activities that I am focusing on incorporating often, but not necessarily daily.
I am actually not half as creative as I like to pretend to be. And, I only like to do things that I am good at (hence why I neglected to attempt poetry for so long). But, I am working on doing things for fun too. Painting is definitely not something I am good at, but it can be fun, so that landed it a spot on this list.
My sister has made yoga a daily intention for herself (perhaps even a thrice a day intention if we are being honest). I am not near as committed as she is, but I recognize the benefits, so it is something I want to focus more on.
I am actually journaling nearly everyday. I have incorporated it into my quiet time routine and am journaling a few thoughts between my devotional and daily reading. I have always been a fan of journaling gratitude. At different points in my life, journaling gratitude has helped me remain grounded and focused on the end goal: to stay strong and positive.
Social Distancing 101:
My super extroverted self always struggles to just stay home and avoid crowds. Because of my health, I have been doing this on and off for years. Ultimately, if you thrive on communication with others like I do, then I recommend Facetiming your friends regularly. If you have a large group, Zoom seems to work pretty great too.
Stay safe, stay home, and wash your hands, friends. We’ll get through this!
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