Is it just me or is March a confusing month? Here in Wisconsin, we firsthand experience the tension between Spring and Winter. One day it’s 70 degrees and sunny, we throw open the windows and breath in the fresh air, and then Winter comes back with snowfall, biting winds and the invitation to curl up with a good book and rest a little while longer.
March is a month to savor the stillness of Winter yet anticipate and prepare the renewal of Spring. This month I’m choosing to plant good seeds and implement flourishing habits that will prepare me for the season ahead.
For everything there is a season. A time to savor and be still, a time to plant good seeds, a time to prune and a time for harvest.
But just like in the garden, before I can plant good seeds I need to till up the ground, remove the rocks and debris, and prepare for a fresh start. Planting good seeds begins with saying no.
- time wasters
- over analyzing
- toxic talk
- an overflowing schedule
- noise and chaos
- too much screen time
- life-giving habits
- nourishing food
- silence & solitude
Instead of just sharing how I accomplished my goals, I wanted to share a little bit more of me and my story.
- Sissie Sleepovers with Josie-Girl.
This has been a dream of mine since I thought about owning my own home. Josie-girl has had a few sleepovers since then and it’s been a joy to spend some quality one-on-one time with my little sister. She has been especially loving her new room and the fact that at Emmie’s she gets to stay up a bit later.
2. Come Away Retreat at the Cabin
What a gift it was to gather with 6 of my dear friends at the beginning of the month for a time of rest and renewal. We went snowshoeing, skiing, played games and talked about how we can implement Sabbath into our lives. I’m so grateful for these ladies and how they encourage me.
Lessons I learned:
- Don’t feel guilty about making time for self-care. #singleperks 😉
Last month one of my goals was to begin winding down at 1 hour before bedtime. I would turn off my phone (shocking!!), light some candles and spend time reading, doing Holy Yoga, journaling or adding to my gratitude list. I didn’t do this every single evening in February but on those I did I noticed such a marked difference. I woke up better rested and ready for the day ahead.
2. God will take our humble offerings and multiply them for HIS glory!
There were lots of opportunities for growth this past month. They kept me holding tight to the promise that in our weakness HE is made strong. However, I also saw that when I finally released my grip, he moved in big ways.
- Persevering through difficult circumstances
2. Choosing gratitude over complaining.
This month I noticed that when things were getting difficult my gut impulse was either to complain or quit. In Romans, Paul calls us to persevere. After some reflection and some truth telling from dear mentors, I know that I need to exercise my perseverance muscles this month.
Okay friends, now onto my March goals. I’m keeping this month pretty simple and focusing on choosing to plant good seeds and establish life-giving habits that will benefit me in the seasons to come.
- Complete 2-week Phone Detox with Moment App
- Read 3 fiction books that align with my goals. (What’s Best Next, Sacred Search and Radical Hospitality are on my bookshelf this month)
- Host If: Table
- Soak Up Making Things Happen Intensive
- Complete my taxes 🙂
- Finalize my weekly schedule using my amazing friend & life coach’s guide.
- Continue Sunday Sabbath and Self-Care 1 FULL Day a week.
- Practice Yoga for Lent Video. x2.
- Cook or enjoy a nourishing meal with a friend.
- Send happy mail to 3 friends/team-mates.
Journal for 10 minutes before bed
30 Minutes of HARD activity + 10,000 steps
Read non-fiction for 20 minutes