“And I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” Such is the lament of one of my favorite Disney
characters, Alice. I often feel the same way. This blog was intended to be a place where I gave myself very PUBLIC good advice, in hopes that I would actually act on it with Jesus’ help. So how am I faring since I started blogging in the New Year? I thought it might be time for an update, because I know we all enjoy other people’s confessions:)
How to Take Your Own Advice
Overeating: I have been pretty good about this for about a week, no thanks to the fact that none of you signed up for Made to Crave with me…sniffle, sniffle. I was excited to see Tisha win the book–send me your address, girl! There is still time to sign up. I don’t want to do the study unless some of you are going to join me, so just leave a comment on my original post “Made to Crave Giveaway” to let me know I can count on you.
Organization: I have given away so much stuff lately, y’all, to the point that my mom cried and thought I was moving away without telling her. No, I just needed to get rid of stuff. However, there is still so much to do to get this house in shape. I did take a trip to The Container Store (and La Madeleine) with my mom yesterday to buy a teabag organizer. Does that count? And I also labeled it when I got home. I can take organization a lot better than cleaning, which is especially miserable, because it is never done. Anyone else with me? Read my post about the why of organization here.
Money Management: Okay, so Dusty tells me he budgets in his head. I am not entirely, or at all, comfortable with that. I want to see our debts being paid down and our savings increasing. Maybe he can take what’s in his head and make me some charts:) If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I like pretty! I did download this pattern to make the Dave Ramsey money envelopes. Perhaps I should read my Pinterest time-management article again to motivate myself to sew that pattern while I’m off this week. What about today?! Then I could post a picture here and at least feel accomplished in one area, ha ha. Not in actual saving, but in the making-a-cute-envelope-intended-for saving way.
Wedding Planning: First of all, let me say that this part of my blog has nothing to do with the rest of it. I am hoping to host it elsewhere once I get some more pictures done. I wanted to apprentice myself (offer my slave labor) to a wedding planner who managed a friend’s event last year. And I received a rejection email! What’s up with that? She apparently didn’t have time to let me follow her around. I’m sad:( I am still the special events coordinator for Wildlife Action Center (see pretty pictures here), so if you know of anyone who would like FREE wedding planning services and is willing to take a chance on me, my first three brides are free. I am also thinking of hosting an open house, so again, send me those contacts. I guess I can say I’ve done my part in this area, so on one out of four, I have achieved!
So from my updates above, you can see I still have a long way to go, but here are some tips I think will help us both achieve our goals of Jesus-driven change:
1. “Ask and ye shall receive.” The first step is to ask Jesus to remind us of our commitments and why they are important to both Him and us. Then we have to daily depend on Him to carry us through, confessing any missteps and asking Him to show us a better way.
2. Make the goals public. I have done that, but maybe you haven’t. Or maybe you need to publicly discuss your struggles. When people think we’ve taken care of something, they lose the feeling that they still need to hold us accountable, so it’s good if we let them know we are still weak in an area.
3. Which leads me to step three. Have an accountability partner. You need someone who has achieved the goal you are striving for, or someone who will actively work through your process with you. It also needs to be someone who will actually remember to hold you accountable and who isn’t afraid to tell you to the truth with love. Now recruiting…
What goals have you made and lost sight of in the New Year? Which of these tips might help you? Let me know by taking time to leave a comment below.