For this Reluctant Farmgirl, Spring is a season of growth, newness, perpetual motion, and hard work. This year instead of cramming MORE into an already jam-packed schedule, I’m choosing rest and less. This May, I want to create margin in my heart, soul, and mind to love and live well. For me, that means ample time for soul-care, rest, exercise, and adventure! Because of a busy schedule, my goals this month are heavy on the self-care. When June arrives I want to be thriving, nourished, and ready for the month ahead.
As a single girl with a more flexible schedule, I have the time to focus on soul-care. I want to encourage you that it may look different for you friend. Just yesterday I got a last minute pedicure with my sweet mamma. She declared that her goal for the month is to do one thing each day that makes her happy. I just love that! What a simple & clear goal. I know will bring her so much joy!
- BLOOMS! Spring finally came to Wisconsin and I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful blooms around my neighborhood. This is the first year in my new home, so it’s been a joy discovering what beautiful flowers are planted.
- Family time at Wild Dunes in South Carolina. Our trip to Isle of Palms was such a joy. It was a brief stay but I soaked up some much-needed beach time and southern hospitality! One of my favorite memories was learning to shuck oysters.
- Digging into my Write the Word Journals from the Cultivate What Matters Shop. I began my HOPE journal this month and it’s been such a blessing. The physical act of writing out God’s word has been one of the highlights of this past month.
Lessons I learned:
- God is ALWAYS at work for His glory and our good. Sometimes God’s plan can seem mysterious and intangible, but even in those seasons, we can trust that He is working in the waiting.
- We are invited to live from a place of love and acceptance NOT work for it. Oh friends, this is such a tough lesson and I’m still learning it. Nothing we do could ever make God love us more or less. Surrender comes when we recognize that in Him we are already fully loved, treasured, and enough.
- Find freedom in rest and simplicity. I have a feeling that this journey towards a simpler life is just beginning, but I’m loving the freedom and grace that comes with an unhindered life.
- Giving myself grace for being sick. After traveling home from South Carolina I got struck down with a bad sinus infection. It seriously knocked me out for a week and threw off my rhythms of exercise, eating good food, and motivation. It was frustrating to come home with new ideas and goals but not have the energy to accomplish them. However, during that time God did some deep work in my heart and taught me that nothing I could do could ever make Him love me more.
- Looking for things to bring contentment or joy. I’ve slipped back into some familiar and unhealthy patterns of visiting Target or a favorite store for a little retail therapy. While some shopping once in a while is okay, I noticed this month that I was reaching for the credit card for a little boost instead of finding my joy and fulfillment in Christ. I’m starting Nancy Ray’s contentment challenge this month. That’s right…no new clothes or home goods for the next three months. I’m allowing myself to spend a little bit of money on plants in May. Instead, I’m focusing on using what I have to spruce up my outdoor patio and living space! If you want to learn more or join me, visit her shop and grab the devotional or quick start guide.
May Big Goals:
Plant my home gardens. (I’m so stinkin’ excited about this one!!)
Write 2 Posts on A GraceFull Home. (Little by little progress here!)
Schedule appointment with my therapist. (Excited and a little nervous!)
Contentment Challenge Month #1. (With His grace, it’s possible!)
Sunday Sabbath. (Stop, Rest, Worship, & Play!)
Meet with accountability partner for prayer and praise. (This has been such a life-giving habit!)
Share a meal with family. (Food brings people together!)
Read a good book & take a bubble bath. (Soul-care at it’s best!)
Walk around the lake or take a hike with a friend. (Welcome back Spring, I’ve missed you!)
- Start the day with a tumbler full of lemon water.
- Follow a.m. and p.m. routines.
- Encourage someone
- Write the Word