I’m back to the normal routine today as Christmas break is over, my daughter is back to school and daycare is back in session at our house! My to-do list barely was touched over break, but in addition to enjoying some relaxing time, Christmas celebrations with family, and taking care of a sick kid, I spent several hours painting and organizing for a client and preparing our household budget for January and the upcoming year. Over the weekend my motivation was spurred, maybe because of the looming week back-to-work, and I managed to fill two large bins with items for Goodwill and did some organizing around the house. My sister-in-law got me an organizing book for Christmas and as I gradually read it, I feel like the principals in it might be a game-changer for our home and my business! It’s been a great boost as we head into the biggest organizing month of the year! Prepare for a lot of organizing posts this month!
As I pulled up Blogger to write today’s post, it occurred to me that this marks three years since I started My Blissful Space! Wow does time fly! Over the holiday break I apparently also went over 400,000 page views, hitting another milestone on the blog! Considering the blog took a big backseat last year, I’m happy with that and excited at the start of a fresh new year. There’s a lot I want to accomplish and I continue to learn new and improved ways of organizing myself and others.
I had hoped by now to be helping more clients on a regular basis with my organizing services, but trying to build a business while doing another full time job and having a family (and blogging teaching Jazzercise and helping people with Young Living oils!) has definitely made it a challenge. My refusal to give up on a dream has kept me going, but admittedly I haven’t spent enough time and effort doing the tasks I need to do to grow my business. As the year came to a close I began improving that part and will continue to do so into this new year, but it occurred to me that aside from a lack of time and effort, one other thing was hurting my success. When I realized what it was, I made it my Word of the Year for 2016.
I didn’t set out to have a word of the year this year, though I have jumped on that bandwagon in the past. A word of the year provides some focus, a goal, and perspective as all the unplanned things creep in and threaten our resolutions throughout the year. My past word of the year included “Simplify” and “Balance”, two things I continue to strive towards.
2015 has been one of struggles and challenges. As I was doing some grocery shopping over Christmas break and thinking about some of those challenges, both personal and professional, I realized that while I have relied on God to get me through some things, I don’t always seek out His help in the more mundane things like finances and building my organizing business. I believe that things will work out and that there’s a reason for everything, but I fail to always put Him at the center of all aspects of my life. I pray to God for help with my marriage, my family, my friends, world events, etc., but to boost my career? Not so much.
As my husband and I have worked over the past few months to strengthen our marriage, we have become more faithful and have been relying on God to help us do just that. We pray together nightly now and are both engaging in devotional time. My relationship with God has grown and changed for the better and I am utilizing His Word in a way that I never have before. Even still, I haven’t been relying on God in everything.
While pondering how my business is not growing as quickly as I’d like, I found myself feeling frustrated as I left the grocery store and headed to my car that day over break. I noticed the vehicle of a Mary Kay director from a local group that I used to train with when I was a consultant. Their team name is F.R.O.G., which stands for “fully relying on God”. That’s when it hit me. I haven’t been doing that with my business. I realized I need to do that in all areas of my life, and then the idea for this word of the year popped into my head.