You Don’t Have to Be Perfect, Mama.

“Failure is success in progress.”-Albert Einstein

Are you ever overwhelmed by the bad habits in your life? 

Throughout the course of this month, I’ve purposely written on topics that I’m focusing on in my own life, such as practicing rest and stillness. However there are a lot of topics I skipped over, simply because I don’t know how to deal with them yet! I have a million little bad habits in my life that seem to creep up on me & steal my joy; I can never seem to shake them all at once.

Here are just a few of habits in my life that I HAVEN’T tackled yet:

I need to be more consistent with discipline with my daughter. 

I’m drinking too much coffee.

I spend too much time thinking about my failures.

I’m on my phone too much.

I’m watching too much tv.

I’m not playing outside enough with my daughter. 

And that’s just a few of a long list…. To make matters worse, I find that once I start doing better in one area, I start slipping in another. Have you experienced this?

I start exercising in the morning, but then I stop journaling.

I start reading again, but I stop making time to play outside.

I start eating vegetables, but then I feel justified to eat more candy at night.

It makes me so angry with myself. I feel like I should be stronger than the tide of my bad habits, but every day, they suck me in and tear me up. Can you relate?

As we wrap up this series, I want to take a moment to tell you (and remind myself)– that becoming a ‘healthy mama’ does not mean tackling all your issues at one time. (If it did, I would just quit right now). Not a single one of us can be perfectly healthy in every area of our lives. It’s impossible.

But the good news is— we can get better.

We can grow. We can blossom. We can target a few bad habits and work on the long-term changes we want to make this year. Most of all, we can make more space & grace for JOY in our lives this year.

I want to encourage you today to go back to your New Year’s Resolution word cloud (or to make one now)– and spend some time considering what practical changes you can make this year.

By the way, I wanted to show you my word cloud for 2018, while I have you here.:)

Let me break down two of my key words, to give you a feel for my process. (Maybe this will give you ideas, as you create yours!)

Purpose: That God would clarify my purpose, my giftings and my direction in life and help me to trust that he will carry me through, even if I don’t understand His plan.  This “goal” is more of a prayer, that I will pray throughout the year.

Fallow: An Old Testament farming concept of letting the earth rest, in order to produce more harvest in the long run. This year, I’m learning to rest, to take time for stillness and to spend more time in reflection and prayer.

Still don’t know where to start? Ask yourself this question:

What habits in my life are stealing my joy?

Or perhaps, ask yourself:

What new habits would bring joy to my life this year?

Start there. One foot in front of the other, mama. It’s going to be a good year. 🙂

P.S. If exercise is your goal, I have a very hands-on way to get you started, up next. And don’t forget to subscribe, if you haven’t already! 🙂 

2 Replies to “You Don’t Have to Be Perfect, Mama.”

  1. I really resonated with this line: It makes me so angry with myself. I feel like I should be stronger than the tide of my bad habits, but every day, they suck me in and tear me up.

    1. Yes! Isn’t it so frustrating!?

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