Don’t Work Yourself Lazy
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In this society of “self-care” and “self-love”, I have begun to wonder if we’ve worked ourselves lazy. How can the words “work” and “lazy” be used in the same sentence? Easy. We run around in circles all day getting absolutely nothing productive accomplished only to crash on the couch to Netflix binge. We shrink from face-to-face interaction because we just don’t have the energy to talk to people or, God-forbid, listen to people. We live in piles of stuff we don’t have time to organize, so we spend what little downtime we have moving stuff from one room to another never really stopping to take inventory of what it is or if we need it. I’m guilty of all this. So many things have gone undone, yet I’m exhausted at the end of the day.
Mind: Minimize and Organize
The storm in my mind is really due to the chaos around me. My environment and current situation
This week that came in the form of a complete email purge (of over 15,000 emails). Along with that, I’ve set a cleaning schedule that will give me daily chores that will help me keep the house tidy in just around 20-30 minutes a day. After doing that this week, I’m really not sure why I haven’t always done this. In the future, I’ll be sharing this list for you to adjust and use yourself. I’ve also been making our bed every day which, surprisingly made me feel more centered in my mind than ever.
Body: Eat Smart and Move
Since we’ve moved to Missouri, I don’t really eat with intention. I spent 2 years before we moved here eating a vegan diet and that didn’t come easy once we got to a more carnivorous state. When I was eating the vegan diet, I was in the best health of my entire adulthood. I lost all that once I let convenience rule the day. I have discovered a love for yoga while living here, but it’s best to pair healthy eating with physical activity. That’s also not mentioning the last few months I’ve felt completely unmotivated to do any yoga.
I decided that for the first 100 days of 2019, I will eat a vegan diet and do yoga every day. The vegan diet has come pretty easy despite our geography, but we were only faced with eating out once this week. Luckily, it was a buffet with a great salad bar! Yoga, though, was pretty difficult. I’ve lost a lot of my upper body strength and flexibility since I stopped doing yoga. I know that it will get easier and I’m looking forward to that!
Spirit: Pray and Study
Sometimes it’s really hard to focus on my spiritual life. Yes, I’m a pastor’s wife and a minister in my own right. However, we’re not immune to becoming so busy that our prayer and study are a little empty or done out of obligation. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do anything else if this wasn’t at the very center of everything else I was working on.
So I set myself to be more intentional on scripture and prayer. I received “100 Days to Brave” devotional that I started and take time first thing in the morning to study and pray. It sets the tone for the day and helps me start it in quietness and stillness. It’s been my favorite thing so far and I’ve been so spiritually fed because of it.
It’s been one week now and I’ve managed to keep up with all of these intentions with quite a bit of ease. In fact, I feel happier and more relaxed. I’m getting things checked off a list of to-dos that have been sitting there for quite some time. Sure, I’m not couch surfing nearly as long in the evenings, but I’m also not missing it. No more working myself lazy. I’m working smarter, not harder. Why haven’t I done this all along?