So I'm a little behind the power curve here...we're already almost a week into January and I am just now getting my calendar together and getting organized for this new year. I blame it on being sick a couple of times since Christmas...and on the fact that the girls just started back to school today, so we are just now getting back into a somewhat normal routine. ;) I also think I'm still in a bit of shock that we are actually in a new year...2015?! Is it just me, or do the years just seem to be flying by faster and faster somehow...
Emma will turn 12 this year, and Lilly will turn 10. In a few short months, I will no longer have any children in single digit ages...they will both be double digits...that's crazy to me...seriously. Where did all that time go?...
Days turn to weeks. Weeks turn to months. One year flows into in the next. Time just keep ticking by. And it's way too easy to get caught up in the rush and the hurry of the every day...it's so easy to be so busy filling my time or worrying about what's coming up next, that I miss the moments that matter most...I miss right here, right now.
And what's crazy? When I hurry, when I'm rushing from one thing to the next...time flies fast. I look back at the seasons in my life when my pace was fast and hurried, and it all is just one big crazy blur. But...when I am intentional with my time, when I slow down and really live in the moment right here and now...time actually seems to slow down. And when I look back at those kinds of days, when my pace was slow, when I used my time intentionally, when I embraced the moments in front of me...those are the memories that I cherish, the moments that make my life full.
So this year as I fill in my calendar, I'm going to keep two words in mind: slow and intentional.
I want to fill 2015 with moments that make my life full. I want to embrace each day, whatever may come. I realize that there will still be days that are busy...there are still tasks that must get done and obligations that must be met and things to do and people to see and places to go. But...if I'm not intentional about family time, intentional about time with God, intentional about adding in margin and white space into my days...then the pace will quicken fast (because that's just what the pace of this world and this culture tends to do) and the year will fly by in a blur and I'll look back in a year as we enter 2016 and wonder where in the world all the time went.
I've been given a gift. Today is a gift. This moment is a gift. And how I spend this day, this moment, this year...it matters.
So I designed this little calendar. It's pretty simple, really. Just blank little boxes, one for each day of this whole big year. My intention with this calendar is simple: to organize my days so that I can embrace each day to its fullest.
I'm going to fill in a few Family Nights or Family Adventure Days each month, intentionally planning some time together as a family....these are always some of our most favorite moments that we slow and embrace our time together...but if I don't intentionally plan them, they simply won't happen.
I'm also going to plan for Sabbath time to rest and just spend time with God...every week. (I have a separate journal for my daily devotions...but I'm trying to do better about really taking a Sabbath day every single week, so I want to be sure to block out those days so that nothing else takes that time).
I'm also thinking of adding in some service projects and planning for some specific ways to love others throughout the year...and I'll write down birthdays and appointments and all that good stuff too...but if the calendar starts getting really full, if I feel the pace of our family start to get too hurried and fast, then I'm also going to be very intentional about erasing things. :)
And in case you're like me and need a simple little calendar to organize your days so you can embrace each day to its fullest, I'm sharing this little calendar I designed for 2015. There are two options: a black and white version, and a color version. Feel free to download and print either (or both ;) ). But please just note: this calendar is free for personal use only (please don't take it and sell it or any of that kind of crazy stuff ;) )
Enjoy!!! And have a wonderful year full of moments that make your life full!!