August brought a much needed break for me. Not much blogging, only one photo session, lots of family time and newborn snuggles, and even a beach trip. It was perfectly simple. As simple as things can be when you have a newborn and two other young children and a busy fall schedule looming over you. I spent the first half of our vacation mulling over the fact that when we got home again, everything would suddenly go into crazy fall mode. Max starts preschool and flag football soon, dance starts back after Labor Day, my husband's work schedule is sort of unpredictable sometimes, there are lots of doctors appointments coming up, and let's not forget all the photo sessions I will have in this most beautiful season of the year (I love it, y'all.)
Instead of thinking about how exciting all these things would be and how much I love them, I just went head first into a mess of anxiety about it. How would I manage? What on earth would we eat every night? How am I going to get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there? See, we have NEVER had this much of a schedule. And it scares me to death to look at our calendar, even though most of the things on it are enjoyable and some of them are dream come true types of things. I love my jobs with my whole heart, and I am so thankful for the opportunities Max has in this season. I love my boys and my husband, and I love being a wife a momma. But yes, we have a lot going on.
I put my phone down for the last few days of our vacation, and I made it a point to step away from the craziness. I prayed about it a lot. I asked God what he wants me to focus on in this season and what things I need to do to make it work and to allow us to thrive. I rested and I focused on abiding in Him, and I have never been more ready to take on a challenging season than I do now after giving myself that break.
So here it is. September. My goals.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5, ESV).
Apart from The Lord, I can do nothing. Abide in Him, and I will bear much fruit. But before the fruit comes, I have to abide. Y'all, I am constantly needing to work on that. I want to rest in The Lord and know that He is mighty in me. On the good days and on the bad ones, He's got this.
2. Thrive where I stand. I am not actually sure where this term came from, but there is a pretty big string of photos with this hashtag on Instagram, and I heard about it from my friend Mandy. I don't want to slip into survival mode just because this season of our lives is full. I want to thrive in the now. Right where I stand.
3. Make a few (small) changes in my photography business. More on this coming SOON!
4. Plan. Every Sunday I am going to plan our week out. We are talking meals, schedules, everything. I did it this week and I went into the week feeling so much more prepared and just ready. It was wonderful.
5. Rise early. I have figured out many times before (haha!) that I really need quiet time first thing in the morning. I just haven't ever made a habit of actually getting up before my kids! So this month...I want to get up at 6am every morning, drink a cup of coffee, spend time in the Word, pray, and get ready for the day. Every day.
What does the start of fall look like for you? What are your goals? How can I pray for you this month? Are you as excited about all the pumpkin things and all the fall clothes as I am?