If you follow me on social media, you've noticed that posts have been a bit... sporadic, post-COVID.
Now though, I'm in a full-out war with my scrolling, time-wasting, blood-pressure-increasing, social media self. If September was a month of weaning, October is cutting-the-cord.
Truthfully, while I feel SO MUCH better not engaging on social media, I do miss the interaction. I don't consider that a negative. That true sense of loneliness has encouraged me to pick up the phone, send the text, issue the invite, and reach out more to my local social sphere, with very positive results.
October then is my true month of renewal. I'm putting aside the excuses that resulted from the stress and uneasiness of our COVID spring/summer, and am praying through a month of renewed intention and focus on my good health - mental, physical, spiritual.
I don't know about you, but COVID was not kind to me in my many ways. Weight gain, depression, fear, anxiety, apathy, lethargy - all symptoms of a trauma response - have been chasing me around these past six months.
On the flip side, I was encouraged during our involuntary down-time to take stock of what my life needed to thrive. Thriving looks like this: plenty of sleep, simple food, time with Jesus, time with friends and family, lots of unscheduled time, and being outside.
October is my month to renew my mind, to renew my taste buds, my spirits, my body. I wanted to invite you to join me - so I've attached a blank copy of the checklist I'll be using to track my progress. There's something to encouraging and empowering about having a checklist, a way of tracking success, and being accountable for not living up to my goals.
Would you like to join me? Print out two copies of the file below, fill out your top 7 goals, and let's do this together. I'd love to hear from you if you do - drop me a comment below if you're in!
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)