Thursday, January 13, 2011

3 in 30 Check In - My confession.....

Last week seemed like a breeze.  I got my reading done everyday.  I was on the treadmill everyday, but Saturday.  However, we did walk around the mall a few times.  There were some struggles in getting some other things done in my life, like blogging, reading my friends blogs, and doing my Bible study.  However, my friend Donnetta sent me an encouraging e-mail that reminded me that the bloggy world could miss me for a little while and not to stress about it.  Not  exactly in those words, but she reminded me where to place my priorities.

This week has been a struggle.  It started off with a lot of promise, on Sunday I did some extra reading and got myself one day ahead for the Bible in 90 Days challenge.  Even worked out on the treadmill Sunday afternoon as a little pick me up.  However, Monday came.

I should have know it was going south when the dvd for my Bible Babes study wouldn't work.  As a control freak, I was little upset that we would be holding off for a week.  I know, I know - don't sweat the small things.  I'm learning this.  That afternoon I was on the phone for a little over an hour, regarding our middleman.  Most of the conversations were a little defeating.  More about that at a later date.  I didn't get to work out when I normally do.  I missed watching the Made to Crave webcast that I wanted to watch.  (I know I'm whining.)  I did get to write a blog though and had planned to do my reading afterwords, however, I got mesmerized by the computer.  

Tuesday, I managed to get on the treadmill, but didn't get any reading done and it bugged me all day.  However, I just went with the thought that I was actually where everyone else was because I had read a head.  This really was a bad attitude.  I was pretty busy that day as I was Healthy Snack mom at school and then there were further calls for Thomas, which went a lot better than Monday's calls.  

Wednesday I went into Martha Michelle mode.  I was tried of my house looking like a bomb exploded and took advantage of being home all day to get some things done.  I did get time on the treadmill, but again no reading done.  I finally decided by 4 pm while looking at my schedule that I would call a "No Phone Day" for Thursday.  No distractions.  I was going to sit for two hours on Thursday, while Thomas was a preschool and press forward in my reading.  

This morning, I sat in my reading chair, wrapped myself in my prayer shawl that the beautiful Linda at Joy in the Journey sent me for Christmas, pulled up my Bible and read through Leviticus and most of Numbers.  It wasn't as hard I thought it was going to be and wrapped up in my prayer shawl felt like Abba was there leading me on while I read.  

I'm planning on going on the treadmill once nap time happens today.  This happens to be my favourite time to work out.  The baby sleeps, while Thomas watches his movie.  I plug into my iPod and get moving.  No distractions or very few.  Then I get ready and go pick up kids at school.  

An overview of this week has made me realize that I need to think of a schedule to get housework, reading, and working out done during the day.  That may mean that I can't be the social butterfly that I am, but it will also mean that I will start prioritizing my life accordingly - Father, Family,  Friends  and Everyone/thing else.  I truly believe that this is what God has been calling me to do all along.  

I can't wait to see how everyone else has done this week.    


Jen said...

The bloggy world can stand to miss me for a few days...

This really helped me today, Michelle. I have been feeling guilty because I haven't had time to return comments. There was a reason that I saw your post and had to read!

Samantha said...

You are right to put first things first. :) I hope next week is better!

Samantha said...

You are right to put first things first. :) I hope next week is better!

Shawntele said...

I am finding that scheduling my reading has helped me a bunch. Listen to Donnetta, I think she should just cc us both on her encouraging emails, it might save her some time! lol

BTW - I just added your button to my site. :O)

Donnetta said...

Aw Michelle... what a blessing to know my quick e-mail encouraged you when you needed it. Mission accomplished! :-)

Do not get too discouraged! We all have days/weeks like this. At least you recognized it and it now sounds like you have an idea of what happened and what needs to happen. AND... you didn't just give up on it all!

Chin up and hang in there!

Janet Rose said...

Stopping by from 3 in 30...sounds like although it didn't go as planned, this week had alot of growing moments for you in your mindset. Those moments are part of your goal...they are the "behind the scenes" necessities that God will continue to bring about to get you where He knows you can be. Be have done well.
You have a beautiful family, btw. :)

Cindy Bultema said...

Just want to encourage you and affirm what you are thinking...yes, we will miss our social butterfly Michelle ~ but you are right on in keeping your priorities straight! May God continue to remove distractions and encourage you as you seek to put first things first! :)

Meghan said...

YAY for priorities and keeping them straight. (hug) and you're awesome. Thanks for joining in 3 In 30 - REALLY hope you continue to. I enjoy you and your blog!


Jeanine said...

I can definitely relate to things just not going according to plan. Still, your week sounds like a good one to me! And next week will be better!!


Hope Wilbanks said...

(Visiting via 3in30)

I'm all about schedules, too, but I've learned over the years that sometimes it just isn't possible to keep a schedule. When my children were babies, I kept a very rigid schedule (just b/c that's the kind of person I am). The older they got, the more I came to realize that Mommy Guilt is the worst and sometimes you just have to release control and take it as it comes. ;)

It sounds like you are doing a great job with balancing it all. Keep up the great work! :)

Tammigirl said...

So many of us are already learning and modifying our goals. I think there are times when it is necessary. I think we are going to learn a lot about ourselves this year.

Mommie Kate said...

Sounds like your progressing on your goals. I have to guard against perfectionism & all or nothing attitude. BTW, buying the storage bins does count- it's the first step! (Thanks for the visit.)

Your post on relationships was so touching. I'm glad you have those ladies in your life and I'm sure they are blessed by you as well.

AurieGood said...

stopping by from 3in30 :)

sounds like you had a tough week - but you are putting the important things first, and that's what matters.

for what it's worth - i freak out about the small stuff too :)

Nicole @Team Pipkin said...

hi michelle,
i'm visiting from 3in30.
oh i hear about prioritizing your goals. i totally jumped the gun on mine & left my family in the dust. good luck this week.

Christi said...

Those crazy weeks can be so stressful. It does sound like you have a plan for next week though.

I need to work on scheduling too (and I hate having a schedule).

I hope this coming week goes better.

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