LIGHT : january

January 30, 2015

one little word : LIGHT / january

Necklace from this Etsy shop and I love it.

I am one month into the year of living with the word “light,” and I wanted to share a bit about how this process is going for me. In our prompts this month (for the class run by Ali Edwards) we set intentions and there were some suggested categories to focus on, so that’s how I’m going to structure these update posts.


what’s been going well : so far I have been keeping up with my scripture memory challenge (one verse every other week), volunteering to help out at church, being involved in our life group and my own personal Bible study.

still weighing on me : here’s the thing. Being a light and being filled with the light aren’t items you can tick off a to-do list. This is a lifelong pursuit and all I can do is try to be obedient and do better. The one thing that I really want to do better with is praying. I want praying to be such a part of my life that I do it like breathing.


what’s been going well : running has definitely been a positive part of my life. I have one more half marathon to run on February 7 and then I’m going to stick to shorter races. I hope to incorporate other forms of exercise at that time.

still weighing on me : I haven’t been curbing my sugar intake lately and I’d like to clean that up.


what’s been going well : I started personal journaling again on a private blog. I still hand write in my prayer journal sometimes, but this is much more effective for me on a daily basis. I also conquered a few nagging tasks this month.

still weighing on me : the weather wasn’t good for most of the month and it got kind of depressing. I overbooked myself for a few weeks (granted, we have six close family birthdays in January that had to be celebrated, sometimes in multiple ways). We haven’t made any progress toward paying off debt, and I am very low on PTO at work because of sicknesses.


what’s been going well : several times when I felt my patience running thin with the kids, and I could tell I was about to lose my cool, I thought to myself light light light and took a deep breath and was able to stay calm.

still weighing on me : I definitely still struggle to stay gentle with the kids, especially Meredith, since she can be so intense. David and I haven’t had a date night in quite awhile, and I am working on not taking out on him any grumpiness I may feel.


what’s been going well : I have a memory-keeping framework set in place now that makes me feel confident (will share soon) and keeping up with editing/ordering photos relieves a lot of stress. I am happy with where this blog is. I am excited about getting knitting supplies & lessons for my birthday.

still weighing on me : just being behind on projects and trying to let go of that self-imposed pressure.

Here is how my album is shaping up:

one little word album : january / kapachino

It’s an 8.5 x 11 album, and I plan to use it every year until it gets full. I’m hoping I can get 3-5 years in here.

one little word album : january / kapachino

one little word album : january / kapachino

one little word album : january / kapachino

one little word album : january / kapachino

one little word album : january / kapachino

one little word album : january / kapachino

This project is a little bit creative but mostly reflective. The album isn’t the focus but I appreciate having a place to keep all my thoughts gathered, and working on the prompts – creative or reflective – will help me keep my word in mind throughout the year.

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Comments on LIGHT : january

  1. 1

    From Nora:

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us; I can relate to a few of the things that are weighing on you. I am sometimes quick to be grumpy with Knight when I’m stressed OR when we haven’t had as much time together as I would like. Totally can relate to that.

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    From Melissa:

    This is great. I kind of wish I would’ve taken the class, I was under the impression it was more scrap-booking focused but have since learned that the prompts and journaling is a huge part of it. Maybe next year.

    That necklace is great!!! I love that shop too, everything is really simple and beautiful.

    p.s. have you ever thought of making your links open in a brand new browser instead of completely leaving your blog?

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    From Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout:

    Oh, I really like this. I’ve been interested in the OLW class but seeing your album really helps me understand more about it.
    Hang in there with Meredith – it really is a process to change your pattern of interaction with her. This has been a learning process for me over the past year with my son, too. I would get some frustrated with him then get frustrating with myself for yelling, spanking, etc. She will keep growing up during the process, which will help a lot too.

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    From Becky:

    “Being a light and being filled with the light aren’t items you can tick off a to-do list.” A-men!

    Really like this post and how you break everything down. And love your book!

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