Mood today: A little brain tired but focused on the positive … It was a productive day
Inspirational Tunes: “Collide” by Jars of Clay
It’s funny that today I am blogging about resting and reading. I find it funny because today I have not rested or stopped to read lol!
Life (as we can all relate) comes with a standard share of “exceptions to the rule”. So knowing that today is an exception I won’t feel hypocritical for sharing with you what has been on my heart.
Resting and reading have become quite the pair for me thus far in 2016. They have become a habit which must come as a pair because with just one it doesn’t have the same effect and together they make impact in my life and productivity.
Daily I am finding time to rest:
Yes even with kids (plural),working full time, house obligations,etc.
Daily I am finding time to read:
Yes even with kids (did I mention one of them is about to be 1 the others are teenagers),working full time,house obligations,etc.
Do the 5 W’s pop into your mind? Let me share HOW…
Who: Just myself. Once all my duties are done I retire to our bedroom and pull out my planners, devotional, phone, book and gratitude journal.
What: This year I decided to go with a couple different planners early on so I could figure out which one is best for me and my day-to-day life. I’m using both the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley and my Carpe Diem Planner by Simple Stories (I have the Robin’s Egg color eeeekkk I love it!) I use colorful pens and highlighters to brighten up my “to-do’s” … I like to think of it like beautiful productivity.
I am currently reading: Power of a Praying Wife, The Love Dare, and Furiously Happy.
My gratitude journal is nothing fancy just a dollar spot notepad.
When: I find the best time for me to pre-plan my day and for quiet reading time is in the evening after the teens go to their rooms and once baby is in bed. It’s usually 8:30-9pm. That means sacrificing some shows and it means no dilly-dallying. TIME to make time for this momma.
I also take 5 minutes in my morning to read my Holy Bible app. I select a devotional plan (I do all types of plans but only the 1-7day plans so I can read and be inspired on all types of topics)
Where: Evening routine in our room because I keep everything on my nightstand. Morning devotional- anywhere just so long as I allocate 5 minutes.
So that I can wind my mind down, have moments of silence, and so that I am doing more of what I enjoy and in the process build some quiet time with God too- beautiful productivity.
Who knew that resting while reading and writing could be relaxing?
It’s possible and through the process the beginnings of something wonderful. It allows your mind to truly rest when sleeping (TRUE REST). These routines also help soften your heart and give positive things to focus on. It’s been such a great answer to relieving stress and frustration positively.
So will you start some new habits of R&R this month? Let’s make this our best year… we can!!!