Saturday, January 5, 2013

January, Oh January.



The months speak to you, too, right?  Surely, it's not just me.
Do you see them in color?  Please tell me you see each month in color.
Miss January is tricky.  Some might say she's blue, but I say she's white.
She represents a clean slate...a new start...a brand new day.
I won't lie, I love her, and I'll tell you why.

January refuses to let me ruminate over any of the stuff I didn't cross off my list in the previous year.
She's bossy with me.  She insists that I look ahead.  She begs me to dream and imagine and hope.
There are other months that make me feel like the slacker I am, but not January.  She's too good to me.

She tells me it's time to clean and organize and purge, and so I do.
I have cleaned and organized and purged until my family is worried that we'll have nothing left.
There's nothing like cleaning out closets to confirm that you are an over-indulged American.

She tells me to drink more water and exercise more, and so I have made a plan.
I have high hopes to drink 60 oz of water a day and I have big plans to make it to the gym 3 times each week.
Just in case you are in need of a little reality, it's the 5th of the month, and I have yet to accomplish any of it.
I have started drinking more water and I've checked my gym's class schedule for next week...that's a start.
I never in a million years thought I'd go a year without exercise..first time in my life I haven't been active.
I'm hear to tell you... you really, truly, honestly do feel better when you're moving.
I WILL go to the gym next week, and I WILL drink my water!!!

Back to January.
She is very well known for asking me hard questions.  She's not the friend that lets me off the hook. 
She wants to know what I plan to do with all those posts of Edie's I read on hospitality.
She threw all those books that I have on the bookshelves up in my face...wants to know when I'm reading them.
She wanted to know how I was going to apply Shannan's series that nearly wrecked me.
She wanted to know who I was planning to give to this year outside of our local, rockstar church.
She wanted to know what my plan was for trying to read the whole bible like I've been chirping about forever.

January went and got all up in my business, and I adore her for it.
She's the kind of friend that will tell you if your butt really does look big in those pants.

Andy and I had a business meeting of sorts on New Years Day. 
We sat down with paper, pen and our computers, and we let our hearts and minds spill out what was in them.
Our hearts were unified, and it was the most fun business meeting we've ever had with one another. yee-haw!

1}.  We made plans to clean our garage this weekend. (check. it's done!)
2}.  We declared our intentions to workout and drink more water.
{He's aiming for #beachbodysummer13 and I'm still aiming for #operationzipthosepants}
3}.  We made a list of all the people we want to welcome into our home this year,  
and we're excited to report that we'll be hosting 2 families/individuals per month all year!
4}.  We each committed to reading 12 books this year.  It's one a month.  SURELY, we can do it.
{maybe the books all over our mantle will help?}
5}. I'm going to start volunteering this month downtown because Shannan encouraged us to GO!
6}. We made a list of causes/ministries that we are dying to give to this year as a family.
7}. I downloaded this FREE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR app thanks to Sarah from August Fields!
{go to her site to find the link}

2013 is here.  
We have a clean slate...white as white can be.
What has January been saying to you?

{thankful for}
649. A day with my parents helping them clean out and organize.
650. The bible in one year app...game changer for me.
651. The way my husband loves my mom.
652. laughs with Luke today.

17 comments:

  1. Okay this having people over for dinner thing has challenged me. We need friends desperately. Time to be friendly. Pray for us...totally out of our comfort zone.

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  2. I love reading your blog. Your posts remind me so much of myself. January is definitely white! It represents new beginnings and challenges. I'm loving your #operationzipthosepants! I have them same goal. This week I have been diligent about drinking more water. Next week I will incorporate exercise. I have to. I don't have the money to buy a new wardrobe! God speed! :)

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  3. This is awesome Tara! I think of January as white also. You had me laughing out loud at your description of Diva January giving you a talk about the "butt-belly." I can just picture January also snapping her fingers in z formation while doing the head thing. :-) I am with you friend about more water and getting moving period. I am inspired by your Jillian-Michaels-Diva-Calendar-Girl, Miss January! :-)

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  4. I love January, especially the day the kids go back to school!:) I am not much a a yearly resolution girl, I do set monthly goals- it seems more attainable that way. Funny- I was a big slacker last year with my body and working out ( one excuse after the other) but tomorrow I begin with a new trainer and I can't wait till she kicks my butt. Happy January!

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  5. I love January too! Definitely a white month. It sounds like the same blog series are haunting me...Shannan and Edie's for sure. And add in my slow but steady progress on "7"!

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  6. I see January as white, too. :)
    Love your motivation and the way you're being intentional to put things into practice.
    You're wonderful!! Thanks for motivating the rest of us.

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  7. What a treat, girl! I feel the same way as you about Miss January. Miss Congeniality, she is! Here's to a fresh start. *clink!

    ps - Loved this: Our hearts were unified, and it was the most fun business meeting we've ever had with one another. yee-haw!

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  8. Funny, January has always been white to me also. My husband also have felt the impression to invite PEOPLE! This is sort of difficult because our home is sort of our quiet respite from the loud tumult of the world. Our church has been challenged to read through the Bible this year (Thanks hubby) and I am going to pick up the abandoned women's ministry and GO!
    And clean out clutter.....daily well, weekly, okay fine at least once a month. Seriously. I hope.

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  9. Funny, January has always been white to me also. My husband also have felt the impression to invite PEOPLE! This is sort of difficult because our home is sort of our quiet respite from the loud tumult of the world. Our church has been challenged to read through the Bible this year (Thanks hubby) and I am going to pick up the abandoned women's ministry and GO!
    And clean out clutter.....daily well, weekly, okay fine at least once a month. Seriously. I hope.

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  10. Ohhhh, I loved Edie's hospitality series too. Your idea of actually making a list is so smart. For me, I need to probably mark the calendar too. My best intentions never seem to come to fruition. Plan ahead!

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  11. I love your list. It makes me want to make a list. I need to encourage my hubby to do this. We have never set goals for our family and I think this would be a great challenge for us. I have challenged myself to read through the Bible this year also and I need LOTS of prayer in fulfilling this goal.

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  12. I love January so much, and your post here reminds me why. Really creative fun post.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  13. YEah... I'm right there with you. I need some kind of major life motivator. NEED it!!
    Total side note here too, But I just THIS MINUTE turned my head as I wrote this comment, and watched my UPS man doing some stretches out in my front yard before delivering my tiny box. Like just NOW. It was hysterical. I had no one to share it with but you since I was right here. Who does that?? I wish I'd have had a video camera. LOL

    Okay back to Monday... back to January. It's only seven days in... I can motivate myself before this month is half gone right?? Right? LOL

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  14. What a clever way to look at January. January has always been an icy blue for me. (Yes, I see months in colors, too!) I'm doing well just to feel HOPE this January, so I'm not pushing it by making lists. But I do love some of the things on yours. God keeps putting it on my heart to just start having people over. Not when I know more people, not when we're fully unpacked, not when we have a much-needed new oven and stove...right NOW! Pray that I'll take the risk and follow the Lord's lead in this. I'm convinced that in this world, people are our most worthy investment. Souls last for eternity. Nothing else does. So if you fail at the gym or in organizing your house but invest in people, The Lord will surely say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Thinking about this has inspired me. Thank you, friend!

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  15. Tara, way to lay it out there my friend. Being wrecked ( or in my case at times, being a wreck!) totally puts life in perspective where I only have one way to look.... And that's up. So glad you are taking on these challenges while looking up and am excited to be reading through Gods word with you :)

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  16. I hope making a trip to Nashville will make this list too! :) Love you guys.

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