The challenge for me when it comes to weight loss, decluttering or generally any life changing actions is that I refuse to hold me accountable. I accept my excuses – and even help me come up with some. I relate closely to the struggles I am going through so I always lean towards forgiveness. I just have not found a way to push me beyond where I am and instead choose to let me get away with coasting.
Several years ago, I had two small children, a smaller home and WAY more stuff. My husband worked in a neighboring town that required a little over an hour commute each way – which meant he was out of the house from 6 am to 6 pm on most days.
During this same period of my life, I hosted a weekly bible study for home school moms – and they always brought their kids. The kids played. The moms shared. We all had lunch afterwards.
Thinking back to this time in my life, I had more to do and less time to do it but I still got it done. I have determined that it was the fact that I had to get it done that made the doing possible. I was accountable – to the kids, to my husband and to the families that came over each week (did I mention we also had two cats living in the house at the time).
It seems crazy to me now – that any of it was possible. But it got done and I was blessed in the doing.
This weekend, I challenged my entire family to get to doing. I created a sheet to write out all of our accomplishments and steps taken during the challenge. That means that I am accountable to them and they are accountable to me. Yesterday, we spent most of the day as a family getting things in order and prepared for the challenge.
Today it is a go. I am putting actions to the words I speak (and write) and know that it will make all the difference.
Dare to join us?
For the next 30 days, write down these six things: what you watch on tv (or the time you spend watching); what you play – electronics, games, social media ouch!; chores you do; exercise or activities; Scripture you read; books you read (number of chapters).
Nothing complicated. Nothing too detailed. Just a thirty day challenge to make me and my family more aware of what, when and how we do what we do.