December planner

A Glimpse Into My Planner – What Happened in December

I got a new planner this year and so I started a series that I titled “A Glimpse Into My Planner.”
Each month* I’ve been giving you a glimpse of what’s been happening, because I now keep EVERYTHING in this planner since there is a space for EVERYTHING.

Just to recap:

Each day not only has lines for my to do list, it also has 3 sections that I love:  

  • The Big 3 – This helps me prioritize.  What 3 things MUST I get done today?
  • Wellness – Daily workouts.
  • Gratitude – 3 things for which I’m grateful on that given day.

I also make note of things the Lord shows me during my daily quiet time.  

This new planner has reduced my desk by 3 books, and I have it all in one place and I love it.  I also love going back through my month to see what worked, what didn’t, what I got done, what I still need to do and so on.

December highlights were centered around faith and family.  But isn’t that what this month is supposed to be about?

Bible Study.  I  finished the Breathe Bible study that I first told you about last month.  That study really had an impact on me. It challenged me to make some changes and even sealed the deal for my word and verse for 2019.  (More on that later.)

Marian Consecration.  This was very new to me.  I was not raised in a Catholic Church, and while I have been attending regularly for over two years (prior to that I was a member of Shelbyville Community Church), I am still learning about the church, traditions, and the why behind many things.  A few months back I learned about Marian Consecration. I was intrigued to learn more about the life of Mary and how I could apply lessons from her life to my own. That led me to following a 33 day devotional process that ended with a special evening at church on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  

Word for 2019.  This year I’m choosing to Breathe.  The Lord has showed me that I need to create room for Him to be God in my life.  I’ve filled my life with a lot of to do lists and busyness. Much of it is good stuff, but it has led to overwhelm and frustration.  I’m not as connected as I need to be with my family, and I have limited time to listen to and discern the Holy Spirit’s prompting. My prayer is “cultivate in me a sabbath heart.”  There are three verses that are giving me new focus this year, but one is key: Psalm 62:1 (NIV) “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.”

It's my last 2018 recap. Take a glimpse into my @kitlifegirls planner to learn what happened in December and what's coming in January. #plannerlife #recap Click To Tweet

Wellness

Racing.  I completed two races in December.  Hot Cider Hustle 5K was the first Saturday in December, and it was pouring rain that morning.  Given the nasty conditions I was happy with my race. A couple of weekends later, I raced the Santa Hustle 5K.  This is my favorite. I think it was my best finish time of 2018 which made me happy. I finished under 27:00.

Christmas running.  For the second year, our running group did a Christmas lights run a couple of weeks before Christmas.  We gathered in our downtown and ran through the dark streets enjoying some of the Christmas lights in the area and then we returned to our local coffee shop for hot drinks and snacks.  On Christmas morning, I kept my tradition of an early morning run before my family woke up. It was in the 30s and such a beautiful quiet morning.

Biking.  I got out on my bike a few times to total 57.5 road miles for the month of December.   

Faith

I hosted a free devotional challenge in my Facebook group and via email the week before Christmas.  The devotions were taken from Turn Your Holidays into Holy-Days. Keeping our focus on Christ is key in all that we do especially as we celebrate this special time of year.

Settled on my #word for the year and started creating room to #breathe in my life plus did some racing. #December2018 recap and preview of #january2019 Click To Tweet

Gratitude

  • Had coffee with a new friend
  • Mani/pedi
  • Winter farmers’ markets
  • Priority Care (Ethan and I both used it in December)
  • Decaf coffee in the afternoon
  • New phone
  • 18 year wedding anniversary
  • Kids Riding Bikes program in P.E.  
  • Got in and out of Verizon store in about 15 minutes (You know THAT’S a Christmas miracle!)
  • Found a $25 Starbucks gift card that I must’ve gotten last year at Christmas

What’s coming in January

More time to Breathe.  (See more on my word and verse of the year above.)

January accountability group – Leading accountability groups are one of my favorite things.  I feel like I can support women on their faith and fitness journey by providing a safe place for them to check in daily and get encouragement.  


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