Saturday, February 7, 2015

My Goal to Choose Love

Making Precious Things Plain

I need goals. Too frequently I think about them a lot but never write them down.

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." Robert Heinlein

My daily trivial time-waster
Raise your hand with me if technology is a black hole for you. I can sometimes feel myself getting sucked into the vortex where I don't want to be bothered with anything else. At other times I've been in the vortex for a while before I realize what's happening. Then I feel awful for having wasted my brain.

  • So, my habit to break is wasting time during the day. That's not always limited to computer time. There are a lot of ways I can improve the way I spend my time. I don't want to look back on my life and realize how much time I could have spent with my children that I wasted browsing around online or reading a magazine or whatever else. All of that has its place. Just not when I can be engaged with my family or keeping my home nice.

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • That brings me to my next goal - the Make It goal. I will choose love.
    Finding Joy
  • Rachel from Hands Free Mama issued a challenge to her readers to spend the next three weeks consciously choosing love. I have thought about that a lot since reading the post earlier in the week. Here are some ways I have already done so:
    • Said yes to a prolonged tickle fight with my toddlers. What a blast!
    • Said no to extended Kindle time asked for by my 3-year old. She had had enough time and needed to exercise her creativity.
    • Said yes to special Kindle time for my 9-year old. She doesn't get to play it very often.
    • Helped my daughter finish her vegetables so she could eat a cookie. I scraped some off her plate and fed her the rest. Normally I would decide she needed to choose to act for herself if she really wanted the cookie. Both of us felt so much better with the more loving option.
    • Put everything aside to just sit with my husband. I need to do this way more often!
    • Let my baby sit on my lap to play the piano when I really wanted to just sit and play by myself. She loved it!
    • Wrote a letter to my brother and helped my daughter write her own. Writing letters might be my Make It goal for next month.
Right now my life's work is in my home with my husband and children. As the quote says, I need to act accordingly.

Here are a few memes that say it all.

Little Things are Important
I was featured here: Live It Up at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party”Blog Hop #54


  1. This is a great post, thank you for the encouragement to join in and break a habit. Will have to do some thinking on that one and see what I can come up with. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  2. Yes, technology can be a blackhole and stepping away from it is a good goal. I try not to let myself spend more than an hour straight with any technology. I step away, I get up and move, otherwise, you get sucked in. Thank you for sharing this at the #SHINEBlogHop!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Echo! I'm glad you stopped by and could relate.:)

  3. Wonderful post.

    Technology can rob us of precious time and memory-making moments. I love also that you choose love... several months ago I wrote about exactly that. After the loss of my grandmother I recognized that I needed to choose love... all-the-time.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  4. Your goals are worthy and beautiful! I do hope you accomplish them. Thank you for sharing this inspiration on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

  5. I love these uplifting quotes! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring Make It or Break It February with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

  6. I love your goals! We have a monthly goal linky you are welcome to join!

  7. Thanks for linking up! Good luck with your goals this month!

  8. This is a GREAT post and thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

    1. Thanks, Carrie! I appreciate all your support. :)

  9. This is really a great post!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  10. Wonderful post, Miss K! I love watching you love yourself and your family!

  11. I don't think my first comment went through--- so I am trying again!!

    I just saw that you linked-up with us in February! I am so glad you did and I can't wait to hear how your habits went for the month this week!! Thanks so much for joining us!

  12. Good luck with keeping your goal!