I was so tempted to start this post with the usual “where did January go?” cliche, except I don’t really have to ask. I know exactly where January went. It was spent pursuing passions and transitioning to a new house and making time for what truly matters. And in true Princess Anna fashion, I can say that, for the first time in forever, I’m very happy about how this year has taken off.
There’s the time spent putting goals into paper and plans into action. After all, it’s the year I committed to pursue, and I intend to do that purposefully and meaningfully. This Day Designer is like, my most favorite tool these days! It’s huge, by the way, to be carried around everywhere, but I love that I can have all of my tasks, and devotion notes, and schedule, all in one pretty ring-bound book.
There were lots of time spent with family. Watching movies at home, walking around our new neighborhood, reading a book, singing songs, dancing silly moves. I realized I haven’t spent a lot of time with friends in a long while, but that’s okay. Truth is, I’ve grown to embrace and love this part about being an introverted Mommy. I just loove spending time with the girls, and *swoon* their Daddy. It gets better, ladies, it does. ;)
Moving to this new (and bigger) house has done wonders for us, really, I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner. We spend more time at home (unlike in the old apartment where we would always come up with so many excuses to go out!), there’s more space for the girls to run around, I get to have my own corner to retreat to when I have to work, and because we now have a separate kitchen, my husband and I are both inspired to have more home-cooked meals. The stress and the hurdles we had to go through to move in was so worth it.
And then there’s Pursuit Community, Manila. The most amazing surprise I received this month. It was never part of the plan, leading this community. And yet the Lord handed this opportunity to me, and it landed on my lap just when I felt like there’s no more space left in my plate for another commitment. Indeed there’s joy in saying YES to God, following His lead, and watching Him make things happen. Last Saturday the first ever Pursuit Manila gathering happened, and it was a success. But I think this one deserves a separate post.
A sidenote: The bottom-left photograph with the little girls is from a date I had with Sheila, their Mom. She’s a high school / college friend and now, a Pursuit sister. ;)
Lastly, lots of me-time moments. It took me a while to really understand how valuable these me-times are for us Mommies. I used to feel horrible about taking time off, like I’m being a terrible Mom and employee when I step away from my kids and my laptop. The fact is, these breaks are actually good for the soul; it makes us become more effective, creative, and in the end, more productive.
So I take advantage of those slivers of time to rest and recharge. Whether reading the Bible, or enjoying a mug of hot coffee (while it’s still hot), or being crafty, or going out on dates with the husband for an excuse to put on make-up!, or taking an afternoon walk to stop and smell the (and buy some) flowers.
You know what they say about the first month of the year setting the course for the entire year? I’m not always a believer of that, because I tend to be lazy and to take things slow in January. But this January is actually quite a good start. I think I’m going to maintain this frequency.
Bring it on, February. Game on.