My sister Cami taught me something a while back that changed my life.  She taught me that you can’t do everything all at once, but with one goal a month, you can make a big impact.  Sometimes I have these moods where I decide I want to be a better mom, homemaker, wife, sister… whatever, and I feel so determined to do it.  I feel like I know exactly how I need to improve in order to make my goal a reality.  But the reality is I can’t become it all at once and when I try it usually only lasts a few days.

So my sister told me that she focuses on one thing a month that she can improve on.  Just one thing!  That is the key.  And then she does not forget it the whole month.  If you want to, extend it another month if it is making a big impact in your life.  My problem is there is only 12 months in a year, so that is only 12 things, and I have a list of 50 things I want to do right now.  Uh.  But I have to remind myself that trying to do everything at once means nothing really happens.

Here are some ideas:

– no processed food

-30 min of exercise a day

-talk with God every morning

– speak only positive words

– have family dinner together every night

-count to 10 before reacting to a stressful situation

-call a friend everyday

– write thank you notes

-have a spotless house. or go to bed with a clean house every night

– spend 1:1 time with each kid everyday

– respond immediately to emails or phone calls

– do and act of service everyday

I feel like I am slowly improving when I do this and it makes me feel accomplished.  Being a mom of a newborn right now, it is hard to feel like I am accomplishing anything, so this is a big deal to me.  I hope you find some inspiration in knowing that by small and simple things you can become something great.

This is a great time of year to take this challenge when we are entering the holiday season and the desire to become better and look outside of yourself is so prevalent.  Make a goal to enjoy the small things, give more compliments, smile at people as they walk by…whatever will make your holiday season bright :)