This week started out still rough around the edges. I started the week frustrated, not at anything in particular, just an uneasy feeling. But by the end of Sunday, I felt much better. I think taking a long hot bath helped. Also, I finished my free online class final exam and assignment. By the end of this week, I finished the peer reviews, which means I’m done with the class and my January hobby. Productivity helps me recalibrate.
Speaking of productivity, I’m catching up from my hiatus I took from work in December. In fact, I have even completed some of my goals that I didn’t think I would be reaching already. I’ve also been pretty good keeping up with the house cleaning, laundry and meals this week. I know that life is not all about how clean my house is or how well I do my job, but I really felt like I was helping the people around me in my life.
Michael has been working late all week. He has had to work both on Sunday and today, and probably a lot next week, although we are taking it one day at a time. I miss seeing him on the weekends, but we still have our pancakes breakfasts on Saturday morning and we still worship together on Sunday morning. It will be better soon, and I look forward to seeing him a lot more!
One of my goals this year was to find time to pamper myself each month. I have always felt uneasy about indulging in a massage, or any form of pampering really, but today I realized how much I needed it. I didn’t know how much stress I was carrying in my shoulders and neck. I could feel the knots as she worked to get them out. And now that I have had time to relax, I feel ready to take on February, and all the things I have to get done.
I can’t believe it’s the end of the month. I definitely had some ups and downs, but overall God is faithful. It’s raining today, and I think this rain symbolizes the washing away of whatever grumbles or hurts or mistakes were made this month. This journey of life is tough. There are speed bumps, some I know are coming and some I don’t. I look back over this month and ultimately I’m thankful for everything in it. Every growing pain. Every smiling moment. I look forward to see what February will bring, knowing God will be with me every step of the way.
This is the last weekly update for January. I have enjoyed sharing with you. After some reflection, I’ve decided to go ahead and do updates in February. Looking at what we already have planned, it looks like it’s going to have really busy moments and moments of rest. In February, I’m going to try to find a picture that represents each week and share it with you in the weekly update. I’m not too big on pictures, but I thought I might try it for this month and, again, see how it goes. See you next week!