- Increased Consciousness- I don’t always wake up easily. I am not a morning person. I often wake from naps feeling groggy and out of sorts. Surfacing to consciousness can be an unpleasant process for me. But… when I get there… ah. It’s a good thing. I love being alive and alert! Well, similarly, I find that I can get into habits that lull me to sleep so that I do things, important things, without thought or intention. Despite being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I was back in that place (sort of) with food prior to rejoining this past December- eating out of habit more than anything else… And in those first few weeks back on the program, I had some uncomfortable moments of thinking “EAT!” And then forcing myself to ask “Are you hungry?” And then realizing, that no, it was just a habitual time at which I like to eat. I felt a bit deprived at first, not rationally, but emotionally. And now… having such greater consciousness about the nutritional choices I’m making, made all the sharper by being free of wheat and oats these days, feels exhilarating. The waking up was uncomfortable, but the being awake is great. And over the past several weeks I’ve been waking up financially. I should say that we have, and there have been some uncomfortable moments in the process, but we’re changing habits and I feel that now we’re hitting our stride. We’re awake! And this feels fantastic. I love it!
- Tracking Finances- The thought of this once would have made me cringe, but I’m loving it. I love knowing where our money is going and making increasingly more conscious decisions about that. I love that balancing a tight household budget feels a bit like a puzzle or a game, a serious one- but seriously fun. So far.
- Frugality- Snapping cloth diapers before hanging them on the line to dry, finding note cards purchased long ago on which to write the latest thank you notes, setting a goal for grocery spending and achieving it with careful attention to sales and use of coupons. LOVE IT!
- Meal Planning– I’ve written about our cooking ahead thing here quite a bit, but I want to say, if I haven’t clearly said it already, that I love it. I put together a binder of many of the recipes we’ve been using the past several months and we’re settling on lots of recipes we’re happy repeating in every two week cycle. It is getting easier and easier to plan. And this time around we did a good job of evaluating what we had on hand as we planned which relates to the above love. It is wonderful to know when the day begins with what nourishment it will end. And it is wonderful for daily meal prep to be so minimal!
- Increasing Connections to our Neighbors- So far just those on either side of us, but this feels good.
- A Slower Week in Which to Delight in my Daughter- No exam to prep for, no sermon to prepare, I told my daughter “I love you” hundreds of times, walked with her, talked with her, sang with her, read to her, played with her, made silly noises to her, napped with her, watched her, tickled her… love this gift of time.