I have not been looking forward to this month at all. Don’t get me wrong, typically it’s a fun month for us because it includes Adoption Day! We celebrate by going to Build-A-Bear and letting Kiddo adopt a new friend/family member and then we go out to eat somewhere fun! But last year August took a dark turn. Last year’s adoption day was the very last time I talked to my mom. Two days later she was pronounced dead, on the same day that one of my childhood best friends died the year before. The 16th of August is a rough day, y’all. Maybe don’t try to contact me that day? Probably for the best. Or send me chocolate. Well, wait. It’s Texas. Chocolate will melt. You know what? JUST BRING ME BOOZE. Or come cry with me and eat ice cream out of the carton. Whatever.
Let’s get to it, shall we? Normally I show you my chalkboard, but frankly I don’t have a lot planned this month, so it looks super boring. Instead, I present you with my planner:
Gah, I love this thing. It’s the Faith Edition of Happy Planner. [insert heart eye emoji] At the beginning of each month, I sit down and write a prayer list, birthdays, things I’m grateful for, spiritual goals, a verse for the month, and more! It’s one of my favorite things to do!
I actually don’t have a “What I’m Reading” for the month, because I’m going to focus on getting a lot of work done, as well as a lot of personal writing. Doesn’t mean I won’t be reading at all (let’s be real), but it’s not going to be my main focus for the month.
The month of August also brings my “#messygraces” challenge! My challenge is that everyone get a special journal and sit down at the end of every day this month and write down three things you are able to give yourself grace for that day. I struggle with beating myself up all day over the smallest things, ex. skipping the gym. So instead, I’m trying to learn to give myself grace for the small things I view as “failures”, when they really aren’t. It’s okay to “fail” at some things every day. It’s totally normal, and human, and you know… not a big deal. (easy for me to say, not actually believe.)
I’m using a super sweet journal my friend Lindsey gave me. Eating disorder recovery has been a huge struggle for me and I’ve wanted to quit a thousand times. And then I have wonderful friends who surprise me out of the blue with wonderful presents like this that make it so much easier to make it through the day.
Here are my graces for today. As much as I wanted to make today’s page super cute since I was sharing it on the blog, I’m also tired and lazy and get off my back, okay?
I’d love to see your journals! Upload them on Instagram or Facebook and use “#messygraces” so I can find them! (You don’t have to share your personal graces, I just want to see your cute journals!) Don’t have a journal? That’s totally okay with me. Grab a sheet of paper, a napkin, your hand. Write your grace all over your body, I don’t care.