Last Sunday, as I was driving to church, I had this idea that popped into my head. The idea was what if I took 12 areas of my life that I would like to improve and spend 30 days (or a month) working on each one. What would my life look like a year from now?
I’ve learned while doing this 30 Whole Day Challenge is that if you focus on improving one area of your life for a certain amount of time, it really change make a difference. I’m gonna talk about this more when I do my review of the Whole 30 but it has helped me reevaluate what I eat, what I feed my kids, my emotional relationship with food and realizing that one is just enough. But if unless than 30 days has changed my relationship with food, what could 30 days for other areas of my life.
So I took a little bit and thought about the areas in my life that I would like to improve. Some of them came really quick – relationship with God, my marriage, friends, and finances. Some of the other ones took a little more soul searching and thought – my relationships with my kids, sisters, and in-laws. Then I thought about areas that I would like to try and branch out in – minimalism, meditation, fitness. And the last areas that I want to improve on are two areas that I’m already doing but can always improve on – saving and shelf cooking.
I think working on and improving each of these areas in my life will lead to huge growth for me. It will help improve my marriage, my relationships and myself.
You may be asking yourself, well what are you going to do after the 30 days. My plan is to take what I’ve learned from those 30 days and induced it into my regular life, mainly just the key points. They say that after 30 days your actions become a habit and that’s what I hope happens.
The first area that I’m gonna work on is my relationship with God. If my relationship with God isn’t good, isn’t on point, then I’m going to see the kind of growth I want to see. Luke 1:37 says “For with God Nothing is impossible” And that’s why I’m starting there.
So here is my game plan for Month 1 – improving my relationship with God.
- Pray when I wake up and before I go to bed every day. Right now I only really pray when something is really wrong or when I do the generic prayer that I do with James when it’s his bedtime. They say that the best way to improve your relationship with God is to talk to him. Go to him for every need, worry or thought.
- Do my daily devotional in the morning via the First 5 app.
- Every day/ night complete one page of the Faith Dare – this book is a 30-day guide to help you live your life to the fullest while improving your relationship with God.
- Listen to God-centered music and podcasts.
- Practice grace and living a God-centered life every day.
So those are going to be the five things that I’m gonna practice every day to strengthen my relationship with God and to start the Year of Growth.
Here is my rough order of when I’m gonna tackle each month, they make move around a little bit depending on what I need in my life at the time.
August – Relationship with God
September – Marriage
October – Finances
November – Saving
December – Relationship with Kids
April -Relationship with Sisters
May – Meditation
June- Relationship with In-Laws
July – Shelf-cooking
So this is my plan to help myself growth in the next 12 months.
Have you ever felt motivated to grow yourself? what did you do?
What area in your life would you like to grow in?