Friday, June 1, 2012

Organize your Stuff (round 5): One Little Word- May

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Today is June 1st, which meant that it is time for us to share our May Homework or the One Little Word (OLW) Class by Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes, where we pick a word for the Year, and live it…and document it.  Margie at Nihao Cupcake organizes us and has the master list of homework hoppers!

Our word for this Year is Journey. May’s homework was to create a task list for your word in your life. There are ongoing tasks, and more concrete ones.

Here is our list (ok, the first 5…)

For those who may not know, we chose Journey for our word because Fabulous Spouse left for a year in Afghanistan the day after Christmas. 2012 was definitely going to be a Journey. This month we reflected on that and what we wanted out of this Journey. We definitely did not want it to be a trip to some deserted island of isolation, so what were we doing, or did we need to do to thrive… and make this Journey a great Adventure!

So, #1: Enjoy the Journey. If you cannot embrace (our word from last year) your situation, you cannot thrive. We are thrivers! (is that a word? OCD Me says no.)

#2: Engage your friends. Life is an island when your only support person is the cat. (Although, we do love her dearly). The POW cautions that this does not mean that we become that stalker chick friend that causes people to change phone numbers and block calls. Rather, it means that at least once a week we need to get our Creative Me heads out of the scrap room and off the computer, and have lunch or do something with another live person. Live people are good for us. (but not in the creepy zombie eat brains kind of way! LOL!)

#3: Faith. This one we were kind of doing before January, but the POW wanted to step it up a notch. Right about the time that Fabulous Spouse was deploying, we were invited to be a part of the Long Range Planning Team for our church. This was a big, time intensive project. We almost said no. However, we went to the first meeting, explained our situation, and they asked us to stay and give what we could. 6 Months in, and we have only missed 2 meetings due to conflict with kid schedules. Faith is more than showing up in prayer once a week, and we have learned a lot about our church in the process. We need to work that. (downside, we have been really bad about showing up for that once a week prayer…babysteps… LOL!)

#4: Have Fun with your Kids! This has been ongoing and hopefully will be. The POW has to remind us sometimes that we are not the only ones affected by this Journey. Our new “normal” impacts the kids as well. When they look back on this experience, we want them to remember it with pride and fondness, not that it was something that they endured.

#5: (My only specific task) Walk a 5K. Oldest child is training for football…and the football team 10K, the others are active as well. What kind of an example are we if sit on our bottom while we expect them to sweat and play? Writing it down really helped to motivate. May 17th, we did it. 50.42 minutes…and our knees have not forgiven us, but that is OK.

Here is the Hop List:
Monica B


Kimberlee Gerstmann said...

I like how you dressed up your documentation form. :)

Good goals.

Congrats on your 5k!

cinback said...

You sound like a very wise lady!

Cheri said...

I love how you have elaborated on each of your goals and tied it to your word. You obviously put a lot of thought into this!

Cheri said...

P.s. You have my blog addy wrong for the link - it is

Cheri said...

sorry for the multiple comments, but just realized it is totally MY fault you have the wrong link - I gave Margie my old blogger address by mistake!

Donna said...

I love your line "Faith is more than showing up in prayer once a week..." Sounds like you are making good progress towards your goals.

jillconyers said...

Congrats on the 5K!! I love how often your kids are included in your list :)

Missus Wookie said...

Congratulations on the 5K and hope that you all continue to work on your goals :)

MonicaB said...

Wonderful list of goals. I like how you decorated the page to give it some personality.

Lisa said...

I love the little touches you used on your page! Just lovely.