Sarah Mae decided to put out a challenge — for herself, then see who wanted to join her — to learn 12 new skills in a year! Sounds exciting and scary all at the same time! Have you already joined us? If not – it’s not too late to start 😉 It would be your choice completely: a) only learn 11 new skills, or b) learn 12 new skills beginning in September! Join us over here:
See Sarah Mae’s new skill learned in August & Link up with us: Homemade Bread!
New Skill, August – Working with others on Maximizing Your Mornings! Helping us to use our mornings for God! Scheduling Quiet time/Bible Study, Worship, Exercise, Daily to do’s, & Dinner!
I’m sure if you took the time to visit the links above… you can see I had LOTS of help to get me in gear! Michelle provided accountability through our blogs and twitter (using #HelloMornings – as our hashtag)! While Kat provided the inspiration with her e-book and continues to encourage with her blog, resources like prayer calendars, etc and even motivate us with prizes! Can I just say… I spent a lot of time over at Kat’s place – LOVE IT! (Thanks for sharing your talent’s Kat! I’m thanking God for you!!)
Soooooo… the last two weeks have been a
little rough, YES – rough. I’m surprised and thankful for God’s support, strength, and deliverance of August! No, I’m not saying… I’m done – no more maximizing for me (teehee). I’m loving how even through depression, insomnia, and life over here: I kept plugging away, pressing on, persevering =-= as God would have us do! I did try to stop, but God wouldn’t let me!! He sent my mentor to call and come by for prayer daily & accountability, He gave me songs in the morning to awake and overcome negativity, He even had school start this week so I would HAVE to get up early, then… when I drove instead of walking to the bus stop thinking we’re going to miss the bus – He even gave me my precious dogs to take for a walk!
- Awake by: 8:30 (Week 1 & 2)
8:00 (Week 3) 7:30 (Week 4)
7:00 (Week 5) 6:45 (Week 6)
- Quiet Time – Spend at least one hour daily
- Worship & Praise – Listen to at least three songs & Dance (it’s exercise too!)
- Exercise – 15 min (Week 1) 20 min (Week 2)
25 min (Week 3) 30 min (Week 4)
While this may look good… this is just the timing. Changing to show; I’m only half satisfied with my exercise routine! I made the time, but not the goal of exactly WHAT the exercise routine was going to be daily.
Goal = Steps every other day; PraiseMoves the opposite days. Walk via treadmill or outside daily. Still need to set a goal of WHY.
I didn’t keep up with the PraiseMoves DVD’s; but do highly recommend them!
Here again… not completely satisfied because while continued with my mentor, I didn’t so much tweet.
- To Do’s – Week 1 2 3 4
- Bed Time: By 11:30p Week 1 2 3 4
I went to bed … just couldn’t stay there all the time because of my insomnia, didn’t want to disturb my hubby. But I did reach my goal 3 out of the 4 weeks so far to go to bed before 11:30p – it helps to write it down!
Maximizing my mornings has helped me with completing things!
I have shrunk the weekly overview to half a regular page, so it will fit in my day-planner and included sections for time awoke & time to bed; as well as this format giving me more room to list songs I want to check if I already have on my iPod or need to buy.
To help Maximize my day – mornings – I started using a suggestion (sorry I can’t currently remember from where) to plan daily chores with the letter of the day:
- Monday – Menu & Planning/Prep (to include running errands)
- Tuesday – Toilets, tub, towels (laundry)
- Wednesday – Wash & Windows (windows only done once monthly – it’s the slider that needs weekly – sometimes daily – attention)
- Thursday – Tables cleared & Dusting
- Friday – Floors
- Saturday – Shopping
I love how I can glance back at this overview and see quickly where I’ve been in Bible Study! Just to continue to remind me. One piece I look forward to add – as it’s currently on the back: our weekly memory verse we’re (my youngest son & I) are working on! Additionally, since there is a planning section daily – it helps me to remember to take out whats needed for dinner in the morning!
So, while I sit here reviewing my weeks – I think I still need some work here… but am excited by what I’ve learned. I was discouraged & didn’t post earlier b/c everything wasn’t completed. But – we can’t be perfect. AND we need to remember – it takes at least 21 days of doing the same thing over & over to make it a habit! Just keep trying, pressing on, and persevering! Remember – With God, all things are possible!
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