With January coming to an end, I am considering some of the goals I set out to work on this year. So much has happened in just one months time! Many things have changed, plans have proven a need to be flexible, and a lot has been accomplished as well. At this point, I am feeling pretty good about how things are going!
So far I have made some headway in my business endeavors, put intentional effort into building relationships with others, improved in my homemaking practices, and stuck to my workouts and self care.
Time to get Smart
For many years, I have put off getting a smart phone. Part of me was afraid of becoming addicted and using it more than I needed to, therefore letting it be a time waster in my life. Another part of me just valued the old fashioned way of life and wanted to hold onto it as long as possible! This week I took the plunge.
Welcoming my Samsung Galaxy S4 into my life, I had fun exploring useful (and helpful) apps, shopping for a phone case, and just learning how to use this new tool. And yes, I intend to treat it as a tool!
So far my favorite features of having a smart phone are the fitness tracking apps, always having a decent camera in my pocket, and ease of texting…since everyone (including myself!!) seems to be afraid of talking on the phone these days.
Feeling like I needed to get out of the house, I invited a friend to go walking with me on Monday morning. That’s how I started my week…sweet fellowship with a friend, some fresh air, and exercise on a cold, but sunny morning. I tracked our walk with my smart phone.
Later that same day, I headed out early for an evening appointment. Winding along the country roads, I enjoyed some beautiful scenery. To top it off, I noticed the sun setting over the river as I crossed the bridge. Thankful that I had left the house early, I found my way to a nearby park on the river and stopped to take a few pictures…with my new smart phone. 😉 I was marveling that I was actually running ahead of schedule and able to take time to stop. I don’t think we were ever meant to rush through life like we do. God created so many simple beauties in life, but we are usually too busy rushing ahead to notice them.
Kitty’s Wake up Tactics
On Wednesday morning I got up extra early to meet a new friend for coffee…online. Wait, what!? I met a friend on the internet for a coffee date? Yes! That’s right. The internet has changed our world in so many ways! I am reminded of Steven Covey’s book talking about expanding our circle of influence. The internet has certainly enabled us to have a much larger circle of influence, allowing us to reach people far and wide.
Anyhow, back to waking up extra early…I discovered that my smart phone has this awesome feature called “Smart Alarm”. It allows me to choose some peaceful music to start playing very softly 5, 10, or even 15 minutes before my alarm is to sound and gradually get louder. So cool! I remember when I was in college I had an alarm clock that would let me play music from the radio for 15 minutes before it was time to get up…but it didn’t start soft and gradually get louder. I am thrilled! Only trouble is, the music wakes Kitty Macchiato up faster than it does me, and she proceeds her usual rude awakening tactics….nose licks, sticking her head in my face, grumpy glare, etc. I find it easier to get up if I’m able to wake up slowly but Kitty thinks I should get up immediately to let her outside for her morning romp. I keep reminding myself that I would miss her antics if she was gone.
I don’t know about you, but I start my weeks with Monday and Tuesdays “To do” list jam packed, with less on Wed – Fri. I head into the week feeling so ambitious but I know my “eyes are bigger than my stomach” so to speak and I tend to bite off more than I can chew. Knowing this about myself, when I plan my weeks, I leave room in my schedule Thursday and Friday to play catch up with the To Do’s from earlier in the week. So far it is working quite well for me. Consistently planning my weeks has been one of my new goals for 2017 that has proven itself quite effective and enjoyable.
Feeling a little burnt out towards the end of the week, but still feeling a need to be “productive”, I spent several hours working on my latest cross stitching project. This hobby allows me time to think about life, slow down, and just rest when I need to. I often feel a bit like an old gramma sitting in her rocker doing needle work, but I know it is important to keep creativity in our lives, and also to have an activity that allows our mind and heart to rest and be thankful. Maybe I embraced the future by buying a smart phone, but I’m still holding to the old fashioned simplicity of embroidery.
What old fashioned ways do you still value and hold onto in your life? Hand written letters? Cooking from scratch? There are so many simple joys that our modern day lifestyle has tossed to the side. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!