Insert foreboding music . . . (Maybe from Jaws)
Monday, it begins.
What begins, Amanda?
The FALL SCHEDULE. The relentless reminder that #thelazydaysofsummer are a sweet memory to be cherished. Blow it kisses and gaze back on the pictures of sun and sand with fondness; then buckle up and get ready for the CRAZY.
But . . . darn it, it doesn't have to be this way. As I turn my face away from June and July (August got red-rovered to Fall a long time ago), I put my hands on my hips, narrow my eyes, and determine to master the giant piece of paper that covers my desk-the one with squares listing agendas, practices, games, doctor's appointments, drop-offs, pick-ups, and to-dos.
How do I master what has so often OWNED me?
My answer: NIP it.
As in stopping something before it grows.
N-No is a powerful word in our vocabularies that signifies an unwillingness to participate or volunteer for those activities (good/bad) that simply don't fit. Saying no is freeing, and it's an admission that we are not superheroes, capable of leaping tall buildings or placing more seconds on the clock. No recognizes there are other people very capable, willing, and led to say YES. Don't be afraid of it; embrace it.
I-Intentionality, y'all. The reason I switched back from electronic to paper is paper allows ME (not speaking for everyone) to visualize the bigger picture and filter what needs to stay and what needs to go. Have your non-negotiables in place and stay firm.
P-Purpose defines why we do what we do. I'm a Daughter of the King (Glorify Him, love Him, honor Him), Wife of Jeromy, Mother to Zachary and Mackenzie, and the list goes on. But my umbrella is to love God with my heart, mind, soul, and strength AND to love others as God loves me. Where and how can I do that best?
Join me in this fight. Refuse to be flattened by the time-stealing freight train of the calendar.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.