40 days and 40 nights

Is it true that you can take Sunday's (since that is the day each week that Lent doesn't include-and why is THAT? CONFUSED.  Party of one.) off from what ever you 'give up'?

Alright, moving on.... 

I love to resolve to do things.  I do it all the time.  At the beginning of the year.  At Lent.  On the first of August.  It doesn't matter the date, I'm all about making the big commitment to do something. I know others who 'resolve to not make resolutions', but that's not how I roll.  So, with Lent beginning I've had a hard time deciding what my sacrifice or observation of it will be.

But...pssst.  It's Ash Wednesday.  Time to decide friends.

So here they are.  Yes THEY.

1. My scales are now in the closet in 'storage'.  They won't come out until Easter.  Yes, I'm Jen Living Healthy still.  But I don't need to obsess about my weight, which is what I have been doing.

Even when I'm doing everything right and it doesn't change? I obsess. To the point where I have a digital and an analog (is that what it is called?) scale. That isn't healthy, and it doesn't help me focus on faith and living an intentional life. {I will confess though, that I use my Wii fit several times a week and it makes you weigh yourself to make that day 'count', so I will see changes to my BMI (but I won't check my weight-which is something I can avoid).  Plus, since I don't use that EVERY day, I won't be obsessing.  See how that works? Oh and that analog one? I barely use it because its in stones, the UK measurement of weight.  Too much math {bahaha}.}

2. I won't be watching t.v. at the kids nap/school/quiet time.  I am blessed with about two hours each afternoon where J#3 is at nursery school and J#4 (knocking on wood) naps.  I've been using about an hour of that for exercising as of late, but the other hour I waste watching crap t.v.

People. I could have complete silence in the house. I could be using that time to read, to write, or even to nap. But I waste it on t.v.  That will stop for Lent.  {And I am not so secretly hoping that's a habit that I will continue after Easter.}

3. I'm committing myself to reading more.  I went through some 'down' time last year, and when I say that I mean my head just wasn't in the right place.  I am blaming it on Scotland's very short days and the lack of sunlight.  So, for the next 40 odd days I'm going to reread a few books that I read over the last year and read a few books I haven't had the chance to delve into yet.

What are they?
  • Bloom by Kelle Hampton {Read just after it published last April.  Rereading AND highlighting.}
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown {Started it but probably need to start over from beginning.}
  • Love Does by Bob Goff {Read last fall, need to reread.}
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller {Read last fall, need to reread.}
I think all of these books can help get me closer to my goal of living a more attentive {listful} and intentional life. 

That is the goal of ALL of these items, to help me really be more focused on my faith and living an intentional life.  
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SO, with that extra time in the afternoon, chances are you'll be hearing from me a bit more.  Hope you don't mind.  

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