Breathe in, breathe out, smile

That was the Sunday morning message today. Which I watched from home in my PJ’s. Breathe in, breathe out, and smile. (If you haven’t had enough inspiration today, and you’d like to watch, click here.)

How is it that I got to stay home on a Sunday morning and leisurely watch church? Because our Pastor said it’s “Take a Break” weekend, and gave everyone the weekend off. No services. It’s been glorious and weird and exactly what I needed. Extra time to reflect and rest and relax. After the most challenging semester, AND moving, I needed it!

The end of the year is always riddled with sentiment and hope. I can get all mushy about what has transpired over the past year – or just be glad it’s behind me. It’s more likely that I will burden myself with high expectations of what the coming year will hold.

It’s a constant push and pull for me. Do I make things happen, or do I let things happen? It’s a little of both. I cannot force any THING to happen, but I can force myself to do things that are not so fun, but so good for me. The usual targets tend to surface: fatten my savings, lose 15 pounds, get more sleep. All of these happen with a PLAN.

So I did what every organized person in the world does, and bought myself a new planner. And it freaked me out when I opened the first page.

IMG_9040Why would these pages put me in shock mode? Because I can see the finish line you guys! My projected graduation date is December of 2019. If all goes well, I’ll have earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Management. And there it is, on a page, in print. Okay, it’s 24 boxes away from the one that begins tomorrow, but there you are, December 2019. I can actually see you.

This “someday I’ll get my degree” goal is finally within sight. Not only did I start this journey 5 years ago, it was 27 years after I graduated from high school. So yeah, do that math. It’s been a long time coming.

I was terrified to begin. I had a billion excuses, until I had none. I realized the only one stopping me from reaching this goal, was me.

I’m not sure what happens after I graduate. All I know is that it gives me hope that it’s okay to set big goals and chisel away at them a little bit at a time. It encourages me to set more goals and dream more dreams. I may have to pursue them in smaller doses, because hello? I’m human, I can only do so much in a day, a week, a semester.

What does 2018 hold for me? I’ll revise my budget and meal plan, and keep a close eye on my energy and how I spend it. Nothing too crazy or lofty, but I know that I will stay focused on the current goal, and celebrate the progress I am making.

I hope you are doing the same.

Breathe in, breathe out, and smile!
Thanks for reading, until next time…



2 thoughts on “Breathe in, breathe out, smile

  1. Happy New Year! My dear friend.
    You can see your new beginning before you. So excited for you, Sherri. A little jealous of your new planner, so pretty.
    Thanks for posting “breathe in, breathe out and smile!” I myself need this message, daily.
    “Stay Laser Sharp”, says Christine Caine.
    News Years goal for me above.
    See ya soon ;]
    Love, Leah


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