I hope everyone had a good holiday season and it was merry and bright for them. I know I did. Family, Christmas movies and lots of yummy food were the main elements for us. Being in south Texas, there was no white Christmas, but there was a snow slide brought in by the church for the kiddos to ride after Christmas Eve services. They loved it and didn’t want to leave.
Once the wrapping paper and stress-free packagings were dealt with, a sort of calm came over our house. I’m not sure if it was due to the new toys, having Oma & Pa visiting, or just one of those times when there’s no bickering and taking of toys with the kids. Whatever caused it, I’m thankful for because it helped me to get my side of the office set up with less cardboard boxes and more useable space. It’s a delight to walk into that area now when before it was just overwhelmingly meh.
One of the many tasks I aimed to do was sort through and scan a shoebox full of photos. Most of the pictures of the kiddos are taken with our phones, so those are already digital, but the ones I scanned ranged from when the Mister and I were just dating (way back when in the 2000’s) to some of when my dad and his mom were children. Lots of variety in the photos as well as history. So there may be some throwbacks happening here eventually.
Some of the pictures had notes or details on the back, so that was helpful if the faces weren’t triggering any memories for me, but others weren’t so lucky to have those details. I still scanned them in the hope that later I’ll remember the details, or my mom would if she sees them again, but the lack of information bothered me.
All this to say, if you print photos, add details to the backs of them so future you and others won’t have to struggle to remember any details about the event that seemed important enough to take pictures of at the time.
Another perk from getting useable workspace in my side of the office is that I’m trying to be more diligent in taking time every morning to read my bible and delve into God’s Word. I also use the time to journal and share my hearts desires, concerns for others and just what is heavy on my heart at the time with God.
Being a new year, I am trying to do things new (hence the journaling and quiet time), and one of the things I realized when I was journaling about what kind of girl and young woman I want Little Miss to become, that I could and should take my own advice. I want her to be comfortable in her own body because she was wonderfully made.
All too often I deride how I look (in my conversations with myself) and then feel awful that I look awful and feel fat, so I eat to console myself and the cycle persists. I say I want to make changes, but when I’m stressed or bored I eat. I also either knowingly or unknowingly compare myself to others and get upset when I don’t match what I think I should look like.
So I’m trying small changes, that hopefully over time will snowball into bigger changes and I’ll see enough progress to continue the positive cycle of loving my body for what it’s done (birthed two kids who were over 8 pounds) and what it can do now.
Here’s to the new year, a fresh start and maybe even a new you, if you want that. I know I want to make better choices this year.