Simplify Sunday 1-1 Happy New Year!


Debby McCuiston, the “Queen of Clutter-Free”, does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of “clutter”, and focusing on what’s important. We look forward to her words of wisdom each week & hope you enjoy it too! This week Debby is spending precious time with her family who she doesn’t see often due to distance. However, I pulled up her article from last New Year’s and it rings true today. Take it away Debby….

Are you really ready to begin a new year? I cannot believe that another year has come and gone. As far as being ready for a new year, I’m still not finished with all the stuff in 2011. So, on we go, ever moving and ever changing. Let’s welcome the New Year with anticipation, knowing that God is waiting to bless and teach us, if we will just TRUST Him.
As I reflect, I realize I am not where I had planned to be at the end of 2011. I can’t go back and change anything, but I can make a new plan with new goals and new dreams.
I have experienced seasons in my life where I’ve kept the same plan year after year never giving a thought to why last year’s plan didn’t work. Then I get so tired of never getting where I want and just give up! No more dreams, plans or resolutions. Do we really want to go thru life without a dream? Some of our dreams may be a bit “out there,” (I guess that would include dreaming of being 5ft 10, 105 pounds.) I am working on dreaming within the reality that I am only 5ft (on a good day) and “a little” over 105.
This year I want to live with intention. I want to set some realistic goals and have a plan that works for me, on how to achieve those goals. I have the same goals that all of you have: lose weight, get my finances in order, love more, spend time with those I love, be kinder to myself, keep up with cutting and filing my coupons and make my time on this earth count for something bigger than myself. Seems like a big list to accomplish in just one year. That’s where the secret of planning comes in. Until I started to get my home organized I didn’t realize how little planning I did. Important planning that says I will get up each morning and make a difference. Not the way I had been living for most of my life. I had just let my work schedule and the kids keep me moving. I didn’t look at the possibility of planning on really living beyond the “must dos”. I just let life happen to me. My goal this year is to take control of how I handle the things God gives me to do.
I ran across a saying by Peter Walsh (De-clutter Your Life) that I am looking forward to using this year – “Be more mindful. Before I buy, say, do or even eat something, the question will be ‘Will this action move me closer to the life, home, relationship or body that I want?”. Whoo!! Makes me stop and maybe back up a bit!
We can’t change anything in our life without taking a minute to realize what isn’t working for us and planning how and what we want to change. So for the next few weeks we will be addressing how to make a plan on the things we want to change and how to make it a permanent part of our lives.
This year I want and need to get my weight under control. I have accepted that being model thin may not happen. In reality I want to be healthy. I want to be in shape to play with the little ones in my life without needing a nap and able to look in the mirror and be proud of the strong woman I have become. This certainly can be a gift to me. I am a part of the most faithful weight watcher meeting goers I know. I love the social part of it, but the weight is my down fall. I have been going for 4 years, most every week, and have lost 50 pounds. While that may sound good, in four years I really should have all my weight under control. I realize I am just letting the weight come off, but am not being intentional about it. I thought I was “working” the plan, but in reality I was just going through the motions. I have a million reasons why I need to lose weight; the problem is none of those plans included me. They have always been about how someone would feel about me when I got thinner. This is the year I do it for me. This year I don’t want to hold back. My new question is – will this food bring me closer to the body and life I want? Such a simple question, but the taking the time to ask it and applying the answer will change my life.
I am making a plan! I will make a schedule for walking and riding my bike. Today I will get everything out of my house that I cannot eat and answer the question honestly. I know God created me to used by Him, I have been allowing my struggle with my weight to hold me back. I have allowed my weight to become an excuse to why I allow people to treat me a certain way. God did not intend for me to live a life wishing for more. The life I long to live, a life that honors Him in all I do, is within my grasp if I am willing to stop making excuses. “This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps.118:24. I will begin my day rejoicing in the things that are ahead of me and will end my day rejoicing in the things that have been accomplished. I think this will be the secret to a life that my Heavenly Father will be able to say “well done, my good and faithful servant”. Now that’s a reason to stick to a plan!!!
Let’s make this the year we live our life with intention!!
Love you!

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