Good morning peoples! It is a bright and sunny Saturday here and it is a long weekend, summon the praise hands. I really need this long(er) break; life has been a bit crazy of late, between rolling/spraining/hearing my ankle go crack at frisbee, being emotionally invested with people’s lives, and having our kitchen renovated!! (Much excitement there. I’ll post photos soon!) So this weekend I am intentionally not writing a to-do list so that I can do whatever I want to do!
Anyway, this is a new habit I’m trying to get into. It’s easy to forget the cool things I’ve done, the little lessons I’ve made, that there was a turning point between not knowing something, and knowing that thing. Here are a few things I learned in February!
- For all my organisational apps and coveted, beautiful day-to-a-page diaries, a boring, unsculptured journal does me just fine. Since my holiday over east, I have used one funky, thin notebook to write my sermon notes, to-do lists, Saturday plans, and whatever else, in it. It suits me fine. I’ve also decided I like paper better than digital lists. I read somewhere our brains work better that way, and I think it might be true, at least for me, at the moment. I feel like I’m capturing everything in this notebook, even if it’s not fancy or structured in any shape or form.
- Leading girls’ Bible study with another leader in the same group, works really well! Between our group shrinking size from last year, and the other leader leaving and a new one coming, I was nervous that I was going to slip back into quiet-me with a more adultier adult around. But it hasn’t happened like that. The girls won’t really shut up or stop asking questions anyway, which kind of solved that problem.
- The cheese brand is spelled Bega, not Beqa.
- I remembered I missed watching TV shows for me, by myself. I used to watch The Mentalist on DVD and I was its Queen of Time. I watched them when I wanted to. They were my TV show but then my siblings grew up and watched them too, and it morphed into a big family ritual. Which was fun! But I missed having my own ‘blobbing out’ show. So now I’m watching ABC’s Miss Fisher (set in the 1920’s, huzzah) and while half the time family watches it with me, I am once again queen of when I watch it and whether I watch it together or by myself.
- Throwing away/donating things that just put pressure on me, because I think I ought to keep the present, or I used to like it, or it might come in handy one day, is a really freeing feeling.
- Stress paralysed is a thing, people. For real. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. In situations like these, I recommend getting somebody to help you do whatever it is you need help doing.
- I haven’t embroidered or quilted in near two years, but I can still do it! AND it turned out rather well, if I may say so myself. 🙂
What did you learn in February?
(this is a part of Emily Freeman’s linkup, What We Learned in February – join in at the link!)