Thursday, July 2, 2015

Monthly Resolution: Making Room (for Time and Virtue)

This year, I'm going to be following along with Ember Grey's 12 Months of Bliss Challenge for my Start Fresh monthly resolution.  (Click here to check out our past resolutions :)

Each month there will be a challenge that encourages loving yourself and others through acts of kindness and gratitude.  We'd love it if you'd join us!  

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EG's Twelve Months of Bliss

July 2015:  Making Room

Challenge:  Making room for more quality time by letting go of bad habits.  For this challenge, I'll write out my daily routine of all the things I do (the good and the bad things) and eliminate at least 1 bad habit.  By kicking this not-good-for-me time sucker to the curb, it will give me the opportunity to grow in a good habit/virtue and, it will free up more time for spending time with my family/husband, praying, crafting, reading, etc.  (You can read more about this challenge from Emily here.)

Journal:  While doing this challenge, I'll reflect on Emily's questions:

"What things are keeping you from [being the person you want to be]?

Instead of focusing on outside factors that are holding you back, look within and acknowledge the things that need to not only change, but continue no longer.

Why does empty space often feel uncomfortable?  Have you unknowingly fallen into some bad habits in order to fill the space that causes you to be still, [reflect, or change]?"

I also came across this Daily Dose quote from Verily on Pinterest recently.  It will be an excellent reflection for this month's challenge:

Via Verily's Daily Dose

Community:  I'll be sharing my thoughts and reflections with others completing the challenge all month long through #12MofBliss and then by linking up my reflections here at Sweet Little Ones on the last Wednesday of the month on Emily's blog Ember Grey.  You should join in!

I've already been doing a little of this in the Makeover Your Mornings course* I was talking about before.  Both feel like a Catholic's Examination of Conscience.  It's hard to do, but so necessary in order to grow spiritually and as a person!  This is a challenge that will require a prayerful and open heart for sure.

Why don't you join in?  Let's grow in love and kindness together.


If you're interested in following along, 
you can read more about #12MofBliss here!
EG's Twelve Months of Bliss

I'm linking up with these awesome parties!


  1. That is a great quote. I've come across one before that I think is rather poignant as well: Are you a human doing or a human being?

    Good luck on your journey this month through some exploration of what's working and not and what may need to be left behind :)

  2. What a great idea - to focus on doing better things and to let go of bad habits! I think that is what we spend our lives doing, in fact!

    I love your question - what is keeping me from being the person I want to me?

    (Sometimes, I think I am the main one keeping me from the person I want to be!)

    Came over on #thinkingoutloud. Glad to find your post and site.
    Hope you enjoy a nice long weekend~

  3. I love this idea! I could totally kick some bad habits if I focused on one each month. For instance, I had a totally disgusting habit of picking my toenails. Since January I've been growing them out and now I can get a pedi!! My husband is super happy since the habit grossed him out, and I feel a pretty big sense of accomplishment since it's been years since my toenails have been pedi-worthy! Time to tackle more challenges!

  4. Hi Jess! This is a wonderful challenge! I'll be following along with you! :) That question of what prevents me from being the person I want to be was quite thought provoking and making me really question what I could do if I could just kick some bad stuff to the curb! Thank you!

  5. Love that quote- really makes you think about things!

  6. Heather Aguayo (Milk Momology)July 6, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    What a great challenge! I like how it's not too overwhelming all at once. Just one habit. And, actually, simply writing down what I do every day would be enough to know I'm wasting so much time!

  7. I really loved the Thoreau quote! This is a great challenge because it is an inside-out makeover; whereas, I feel like a lot of our focus in the bloggy world is making things pretty on the outside.

  8. Dang, that is a great question. You really have me thinking now. Wow. Thanks!!!! -Jess

  9. It's been a hard challenge for sure. I agree that I'm also the one keeping myself from being who I want to be (and should be). We're always a work in progress! -Jess

  10. One or maybe 2 a month is perfect for me. Otherwise, I get too overwhelmed and quit before I get started! This has been a good challenge for me too! -Jess

  11. I totally agree! And I like how you said you're getting rid of things and habits that don't add value to your life. That is perfect. Thanks for sharing that! That is going to help me a lot. -Jess

  12. I'm glad you'll be following along, Michelle! I'm looking forward to seeing how this month went for you! It has been challenging for me! -Jess

  13. Yeah, am I busy about the right things or wrong things? Nothing like a kick in the head to get you back on track! -Jess

  14. Yeah, it's definitely an eye opener. And 1 or 2 at a time is perfect for me or otherwise I get too overwhelmed. I hope this challenge helped you like it did me! -Jess

  15. How true. I know I fall into that sometimes because it's all about pictures and presentation. But what really counts is who we are as people. What a great thought - thanks for sharing! -Jess


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