Welcome to Sunday Sagacity, my twice-monthly reflection series that I created to chronicle my year-long goal to instill discipline in my life in some key areas. Each week, I’ll very briefly touch on each of those areas. I’ll talk about my victories and my failures, and hopefully gain the motivation and accountability I need to carry out my goals.
It’s been a while since my last Sunday Sagacity post, but can you believe we’re halfway through the year? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the older I get, the faster the days and weeks and years pass. Do you guys feel the same way? Like, wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we were buried under all the snow from snowpocalypse 2015?
Much as the year has progressed, so my goals have progressed. There have been good weeks and bad weeks and everything in between. Here’s a rundown.
Money – My savings is kind of at a standstill, but I know the contributing factors. One is that extra money is theoretically going toward debt. The other is that I’ve spent a good deal of money lately, more than I normally would, on fun stuff. Concert tickets to see Taylor Davis in Nashville, the last few payments on a limited edition Batman PS4 console bundle, a Dungeons & Dragons board game (retails for $65) that I bought at Half-Price Books for $20, and a variety of lunches and dinners and ice cream trips with family and friends. And I may have gotten an extremely early start on Christmas shopping. I don’t regret any of these things, but my immediate goal is to get back on track.
Quiet Time – Thanks to our ongoing health challenge, I’m having quiet time every day. The great thing is that this is becoming a habit, something that leaves a noticeable gap if the day is drawing to a close and I haven’t done it yet. The not so great thing is that my quiet time feels less organic and more stilted than before. I’ve been fitting it in wherever I can in order to check it off the list, but I haven’t made it a priority. It isn’t really something that I’m always doing for Jesus, and that’s made it suffer.
Physical Health – Much like quiet time, this has become something that I do because I haven’t done it yet that day. I love playing basketball and tennis, but it’s usually too hot to do either of those things, so we usually head to the fitness center to use the treadmill or exercise bike. So I go in, do my 15 minutes, and get out. But at least I’m doing it! I just wish I liked this more.
Healthy Eating – This is something in which I’ve regressed. We were doing great about limiting fast food intake to about once a week, with exceptions for work lunches or nights when we ruin dinner. But recently, we’ve gone out so much. I contribute this largely to the number of guests we’ve had. It’s always easier to go when you have guests, so we’ve done fast food dinners a lot, breakfast at least once, and even ice cream runs several times. And my coworkers are always up to going out for lunch, so I haven’t done well there either. Gotta get this under control.
Intentional Living – We’ve had so many guests lately that I feel like our apartment has a revolving door. And that maybe I should start charging rent. I’ve had to be “on” and in hostess mode a lot lately, so maybe this is forced intentional living, but after the past few weeks, I don’t have the energy for anything else. Don’t get me wrong – it’s fun to have people over, but I need space and time between guests to decompress and recuperate. On the work front, Lindsey and I make it a point to maintain our friendship by having lunch fairly often, and I have an awesome new coworker that I think could be a great friend. I’ve also been going to life group, and while I’m not sure that it will ever get easier, I’m trying to open myself up each week.
So that’s it for this time. It almost feels like I’m a little bit at a standstill. Mostly, I think I’m just tired. We’ve had a ton of guests, I’ve been working a lot, and my schedule is just now getting back to normal. Hopefully in the coming weeks, I’ll recharge and get a much needed boost of energy! 🙂