Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Today I read an article in the NY Times about resolutions. The author, Ruth Chang, suggests we stop making resolutions and start resolving to become the person we want to be. This fits very well with the Ten on Tuesday topic for today.
In 2015, I will work to become the person I want to be by...
Letting go of trying to be perfect: I don't intentionally try to be perfect because I know that's an unattainable goal, but in an effort to do the best job possible I spend a lot of time and effort getting things just right. I need that time for other things.
Spending more time with family: Last year I set the goal of having monthly dates with my husband and my daughter. That lasted for a while and I really enjoyed it.
Spending more time with my friends: I find myself feeling envious when I read Facebook posts where friends are getting together. As I've become busier, I've spent less time on relationships.
Spending more time with online friends: I do keep up with folks on Instagram and some on Twitter and Facebook, but I miss being in touch on blogs.
Taking more pictures: I think about taking pictures after something has ended. Like my family was here for Christmas/New Year's and I only have pictures of them right before they left.
Analyzing what gets in the way of being organized and fixing it: At church and at school I am told how organized I am. At home? Not so much. I want to find the things that get in the way of that. An example is our medical paperwork. I tend to save all that even when I don't need it. Do I really need the insurance statement that says they paid for another allergy shot? I don't think so. And it certainly doesn't need to pile up on the kitchen counter...
Continuing to knit for others and using my stash to do so: I do enjoy knitting for myself, but I enjoy knitting for others even more. I'm knitting for the people at Pine Ridge through the For the Children of Pine Ridge group on Ravelry. The people there lead hard lives and the suicide rate is three times higher than the average US rate. In fact, a couple of weeks ago a 7th grader from the school we're currently knitting for committed suicide.
Taking better care of myself: When I started teaching again in 2013, I didn't take the time to take care of myself. I put on more weight, didn't make doctor's appointments that I needed, etc. I started working on the appointments last year, but I still have more to go.
Improving my relationship with God: God is always there, but I'm not. My current Bible study book is called Discerning the Voice of God. It's reminding me to listen. Plus, I'd like to finish the chronological reading of the Bible that I started in December 2012. It was supposed to be a one year plan!
Spend less time volunteering: That sounds weird, doesn't it? When I took on the council president's role in 2013, I had to give some things up. I let go of a lot of the things I did with the contemporary band. But it all still takes too much time. I've been trying to do less with the council president role. Like I was trying to attend most church events - not anymore. I need to pare something else away to be able to have time for the other things on this list!
There is a cafe in the church where I work and it comes in handy when I don't have my lunch packed. Today they had Greek salad with grilled chicken and it was delicious! There was an unknown vegetable on the salad and I determined I was eating hearts of palm. Yum!
Do any of you use heart of palm in your recipes? What do you do with it? I'm kind of surprised that I've never tried it before!
My apologies if my blog looks huge. When I view it in Chrome, it is huge. When I view it in Safari, it's fine. Not sure what to do to fix it... It may be time to open a Typepad ticket. (I'm wondering if it has something to do with my last post which was done from the app.)
What do you do when life gets busy and/or your blog doesn't exactly fit you anymore? I've missed blogging, but...
1) Life is super busy right now (like it is for everyone else). In addition to church volunteering, I have been teaching 6th grade history this year. There has been little time for extras. I even had to drop out of book club. I'm hoping next year will be better because I'll have a year of lesson plans to tweak instead of having to create everything from scratch. (My last day of school is in 17 days, but who's counting?)
2) This blog is/was about knitting. Even the title makes it all about knitting. But when there isn't time for knitting, there isn't much to say on the blog. It's a problem.
So do I archive this blog and start a new one? Or do I keep this blog, write about everything, and hope knitters aren't disappointed when I talk about crazy 6th graders, weight loss, and funky guitar chords? I could even keep this blog and start a new one specifically for another topic, but that seems like it would be hard to maintain.
For now, I'm going to try to start reading some blogs again. If I can even remember what reader I was using...
I haven't been doing much knitting this summer except for some dishcloths. Emma and her friends are in apartment style housing next year and I told her I'd knit some dishcloths for them. This has been a great chance to use up my stash!
What have you been knitting? Something fun, I hope!
I had plans to create a tutorial for making this Vacation Bible School throne, but I don't have the time to do that right now. So I'll just show you the before and after photos. This is the throne I used as inspiration. I'm so glad this project is completed!
Do you ever not know that everything in your life is coming due at one time? And then all of the sudden you realize that there aren't enough hours in the day or week? That's my week this week. Even yesterday it didn't occur to me that I had so much going on. But it's slowly dawning on me today...
Over the weekend I was in Chattanooga for a Synod Assembly meeting as a voting member for my church. That's my second assembly and I've enjoyed both of them very much. We re-elected our bishop and Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson was there, too. I didn't know that he is such a funny, personable guy. I loved his sermon and his speeches.