December 2018 Round Up

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Hi, friend!

We officially have 5 days left in 2018. Five. Holy guacamole!

It’s the time of the year where it’s like what day is it? What year is it? Where do I need to be? That black hole of life between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

3 things I’m excited about

  1. Rebranding of Flourish With Rach: I mentioned this in the November Round Up — the makeover is complete! I’m so dang excited! My previous branding was done by a dear, talented friend and I loved it. The blog has evolved since then and I knew a new look was needed. So here it is! What do you think?
  2. Turning 27: My birthday is January 1st. I feel sad that Christmas is over, but also so excited for NYE and New Year’s Day aka my birthday. Each year I think to myself “ok now that sounds old,” but there’s something much older sounding to “twenty-seven.” I think it’s that 7. I’m so grateful to be blessed with another year and I plan to make it the best yet!
  3. Refreshing my goals: As you probably know by now, I am a big fan of the PowerSheets. My 2019 goals are set and I’m looking forward to the progress that’ll be made. Some are a continuation of goals I’ve been working on this year and some are brand new.

Quote I’ve been meditating on

Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all.

Advent Conspiracy

This felt right for the Christmas season. It helped me to remember what’s important. It’s not just about the gifts or the parties or the food and drinks. It’s about the love. It’s about the light. It’s about the baby that was born in a manger to save and set us free.

I learn more about the spirit of Christmas each year and it becomes even more magical and special. I don’t want to let it go just because Christmas Day is over. I think this is something I can definitely carry on no matter the season.

Who or what I’m adoring

I almost saying this because it’s going to sound way too adult and boring. But yall are my people and I think you’ll appreciate it.

I have been loving Clean Mama‘s cleaning routine. I discovered her on Instagram a while ago, but it wasn’t until recently that we put her routine into practice. It’s been making such a difference! Each day has a predetermined task and there are tasks to do daily. I’m probably making it sound complicated, but it really takes the mental work out.

Eric and I split up the weekly tasks and I’ll usually handle the daily tasks. It’s so much easier and more manageable for us to have just a few minor things to do daily rather than a huge cleaning day whenever we think about it.

Creating systems around our home and lives makes me feel on top of things and reduces my mental clutter. This one may not work for you, but don’t be afraid to tweak it or find something else that works better.

Favorite memory from December

Of course, I loved Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It was so fun and special to celebrate surrounded by loved ones. My family happens to be in Key West currently (we’ll join them next year), but we lots of family to spend the days with. I’m thrilled that my parents and siblings were able to get away, but they sure were missed.

Aside from Christmas, my favorite memory was the Christmas Party Eric and I attended. For some crazy reason we decided to go to the mall that day (the Saturday before Christmas), so by the time we headed home to get ready, I wasn’t in the party mood. I would have much rather stayed home and ordered Chinese food. But that’s also how I feel most nights.

I’m so glad that we decided to go. We had a blast catching up with friends and getting to know new ones. It helped put us in the Christmas spirit — the home was beautifully decorated, the drinks were flowing, and the food was delicious.

A good lesson I learned

The best things happen outside of my comfort zone.

I think we all know this, but it’s much different when we actually live it out. I love to feel comfortable. Especially in the winter. It’s dark and cold, so I’m not feeling my best. I prefer to remain comfy.

Whether it’s choosing to go to a party or something bigger like stepping into a new career, awesome things happen outside of a comfort zone. Stepping out of a comfort zone takes faith and moves you towards what your heart desires. That’s good stuff. Just because it’s uncomfortable and maybe even a little scary doesn’t mean it’s the wrong thing. It may be that next right step. Go for it!

In January…

I’m saying no to: doing all the things.

I’m saying yes to: rest.

Since I’m feeling a bit out of sorts, I thought you might be feeling the same. You’re not alone. And even though the days are limited, there is still enough time to make some things happen and prepare for an incredible 2019.

Take some time over these next 5 days to reflect on this year and dream about what’s to come.

What do you want your life to look and feel like?
What’s the next right step you can take to move towards a life like that?

I’m excited for a fresh start and all the new content I’ll be sharing here. What do you want to see on Flourish With Rach in 2019?

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