Love Does

Love Does

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Last month, I shared that I’m a try-to-do-it-all-er who crams my schedule full {of mostly good things} and feels stressed and overwhelmed and like I’m failing a lot of the time.

The most important thing to me is loving God and loving people. But if I’m honest, those fall to the wayside of my to do list much too frequently. Not a place I want to stay.

One of the biggest ways I’m changing this is to take one step at a time to narrow down my goals. I’ve chosen one thing to create as a habit or focus each month, and everything else I happen to accomplish is icing on top.

I’ve found this is important because it’s far too easy to avoid the most important things in favor of the quickly-crossable-off-the-list items.

In February, I made a list of ways I could show love to the people around me because I think a lot about ways I can show people love but follow through on an embarrassingly small percentage of said ideas. Love does things, so I wanted to expose my excuses and follow through. (This challenge was heavily inspired by Bob Goff’s Love Does– I highly recommend it!)

How did it go?

  • Meh. It was ok. It actually exposed a lot of selfishness that I’m working through (blech) but I also feel like it was perfect timing. My mom and dad had an accident last month, and Mom had to have pretty extensive surgery, so we spent a lot of time at the hospital. It opened my eyes to the incredible support group we have. They showed love with texts, calls, came up to sit with us for hours, brought flowers, and made meals. Pretty amazing and humbling.
  • It also reminded me that showing love doesn’t have to be a grand gesture to be incredibly meaningful. It can be as simple as rearranging your schedule to make time for those who need you.

This is a habit I want to see grow in my life, so I’m incorporating one “big” way to show love into my weekly schedule. I know that by thinking frequently about it, this will help me grow in showing love in smaller ways, too.

Next up? I listed to a TED Talk about how to learn anything in 20 hours, so I’m setting aside about an hour a day to learn how to shoot manual with my new camera.

This helps me in two areas: one, I’m curious to see if the 20 hour theory works (if so, I’ll apply it in other areas) and two, I want to capture memories our family makes and always keep improving the quality of GTR.

Are you all about this kind of stuff? Or just want a community to encourage you in moving forward in a goal? Join in! Share in the comments what you plan to do. I’ll be giving a monthly recap throughout 2014, and would love to hear your progress!

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PS Linking up with The Tiny Twig’s March goals. I love her honesty and encouragement that it’s ok to not do the things you’ve set as goals…as long as you’re moving forward toward the things that matter most to you.

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  • Whitney March 12, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    This is semi-related, but I am giving-up clothes/shoes/accessory shopping for lent. I have been meaning to do this for awhile (for budget purposes) but I’m really using these 40 days to reflect and reprioritize. It’s scary how materialism can take over your life…and that is NOT the way that I want to live. Now, everytime that I want to buy something, I am instead going to think about how thankful I am for what I have and how I don’t need anything. I think that this goal will clear a lot of negativity and stress from my life :)

    • Carly March 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Whitney, I am doing pretty much the same thing during Lent with a little flexibility built in to replace a couple of things from Christmas. This is my second year and so far it has been a little bit easier than last year.

      • Caitlin Author March 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        So cool, Carly! I’d love for you to let us know how the rest of your time goes.

    • Caitlin Author March 17, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Whitney- what a fantastic view! I’d love to hear more about what you’re learning and how it’s going!

  • Selah March 12, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    This time last year you encouraged us to make To Be lists. I’m still trying to make sure the items on my to do list further my To Be goals.

    I’ve had a great opportunity to show love to my younger sister recently. She is expecting her first child this Fall (yay!) and she’s far away from family (she and her husband live in PA, while we are in NC, and his family is in Ireland). I’ve been able to answer some pregnancy related questions via phone and text. I’ve also been able to send a 1st Trimester care package.

    • Caitlin Author March 17, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      That’s great, Selah! How sweet for you two to be able to share this time together. I am sure she’s incredibly thankful for you and hope this time will be so precious to both of you!

  • Aubree March 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    My goal this year is to stretch- literally and figuratively. You can check it out searching #aubcanstretch on instagram.

    Off to watch the TED talk!

    • Aubree March 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      I’m back. That was a fabulous talk. Thanks for sharing!

      • Caitlin Author March 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        Yay!! You’ve been missed. Thanks for your encouragement :)

    • Caitlin Author March 17, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Aubree- What did you think of the TED talk? I’ve seen a couple of your instagrams about stretching, and think that’s such a creative way to grow. I love it! And I’m looking forward to seeing more about your journey!

  • Rachel Nordgren March 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I feel like TED talks are multivitamins for the soul. When I have time, I would love to watch that one about learning anything in 20 hours!

    • Caitlin Author March 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      They’re fascinating! I’ve learned a lot from them. And I hope you do! It was so inspiring.

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