If you miss The Zelie Group’s JEI Linkup, Alicia decided to make it biweekly and host it on her own blog. So head over to Sweeping Up Joy to see what she wrote this week.
1. What is one small thing, if you accomplish it in 2017, that will make you feel successful?
I don’t think that there is any one thing, especially not a small thing, that would make me feel successful this year. I feel pretty lucky when we’re all together and healthy year after year. I would really love to see some regular traffic to this blog, though!
2. Have you picked a word of the year or patron saint of the year?
From the saint name generator, I got St. John Chrysostom, who I know nothing about other than that his feast day is September 13. Any autumn feast can’t be bad. This is an interesting video about him.
The word I chose is fidelity. When people think fidelity they usually think about marriage, but it’s not really that sort of fidelity that concerns me. (Although, don’t we all struggle just a little? Faced with that buff grocery packer or the hairdresser that looks like Daryl Dixon…but that’s a whole other post.)
I’m thinking about fidelity in the sense of demonstrated faithfulness. In a record player, fidelity is the ability to recreate music with accuracy. I have problems with this sort of fidelity. Life is messy, lazy and deceitful. I’m aiming for more fidelity to God and to my own values and intentions.
I want to read my Bible and I love my women’s edition…but I don’t read it.
I believe in God and I want to be obedient to His call…but I’m never joyful about giving my time.
I want to be all “Proverbs 31″…but my counters are seldom clean, nevermind conjuring up a cheerful and supportive attitude out of nowhere.
One day I’m on fire and the next day I need a nap. I’m aiming for more consistency regardless of how I feel. I need to demonstrate more faithfulness to my beliefs by modelling them better in my life.
3. What are you looking forward to in 2017?
- My husband being Confirmed in the Catholic church.
We’re so excited that this is happening so fast. It will be just over a year at Easter since our family returned to the church. The only thing that makes me sad is that I can’t be more involved in the whole process because June is too young to sit through it all.
- The promised seven-year change in our daughter’s behaviour…we’re hoping for the best.
There are little improvements all the time in her self-control. It would be so nice to be able to do things together as a family without so many meltdowns.
- Taking a nice long summer vacation.
We had bad luck with vacation time the last several years with my husband’s back injury and before that the usual extra time off that having a baby requires. We hope to take a nice long chunk of vacation this year to really relax.
- Visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg, one of my favourite places, with my husband since it’s free this year.
Louisbourg was my favourite destination when I lived at home. It’s gigantic and great for long walks on top of being a working recreation of a French settlement. It will be my husband’s first visit.
- Growing my blog and seeing how The Zelie Group blog does in its first year.
- Losing weight using The Daniel Plan.
- Settling into my youth ministry at church.