It feels like I have been living in a fog of busyness for much of this year.
At the beginning of the year, I was on book deadline. Shortly after turning in my manuscript, I got pregnant. With the pregnancy came extreme morning sickness – the kind that almost landed me in the hospital for dehydration. Then my oldest started kindergarten and my husband Matthew released his first book in four years.
Whew! Needless to say, I’m tired.
With August ending and fall waving hello, I have been thinking a lot about renewal. What are the ways that I renew my mind, body and soul as the year enters her final few months?
Perhaps, you too have had a crazy year, and can relate to the need to renew?
Here’s how I plan to do it.
Reconnect with friends: We are not meant to do life alone. Yet, I have felt quite lonely during this season. I haven’t been as intentional in nurturing my friendships as I have in the past. Moreover, I think my busyness has pushed some friends away. To fix this, I’m planning a girlfriends get together, lots of lunch and dinner dates, etc. I also have a stack of cards to send to friends far away to let them that I love them and that they are on my mind.
Reinvigorate my creativity: While I have sort of kept up with Project Life, I have a litany of crafts that I am aching to make. Sewing projects, Christmas crafts, home DIY and so much more. Nothing fuels me like crafting, and I am excited to dig into my art supplies and get busy creating.
Read good books: I have a huge stack of good books on my nightstand, calling me to their pages. Fiction and non-fiction, the words all inspire me in different ways. Matthew often says I am happier when I am reading a book, and he is right. I want to get back into my habit of reading nightly before bed.
Reconvene with the Father: This is probably the biggest one. During this busy season, my quiet time and prayer life have suffered. I am intentionally focusing on recommitting myself to pursuing the Lord in a more meaningful way. Mornings are starting with the quiet whisper of the Father through his words, devotionals and prayer. I am reminded of the words in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” My soul needs this.
This list might seem simple, but renewal isn’t meant to be complicated. If you have been in a season of busyness, think about how you can make time to care for yourself and be renewed.
What does your soul need?
Let’s come together in the comments to share struggles with busyness and what works best when you need to renew. We are better together.