So last year I took part in Write 31 Days for the first time, writing everyday in October about things that make our home happy. This year my topic comes from my word for the year, flourish.
I spent ages coming up with a word that I would use to focus 2017 in my mind and 'flourish' was it. I wanted to feel like in 2017 I did more than just survive. There are seasons of course when survival is all you can do - maybe you've a sick child, or a newborn, or are suffering from depression. Survival is fine! But we do need to have periods of growth too. For me, knowing we planned to expand our family in 2018, I wanted to spend 2017 not breastfeeding, taking some time to do some small pieces of work, go on some courses and workshops and (probably most importantly, but let's face it, dull as...) get the house sorted so life at home ran smoother.
And so I came up with my 2017 goals. To be honest, it's three quarters of the way through the year and I can safely say many of the goals will not be met! Yet I can see how our home life is flourishing more than it did a year ago. So I thought I'd do this series to help get me back on track, to finish the year well, and encourage you to do the same.
We all want to flourish - to grow, have a vibrant life, full of colour and joy. I'm learning this as I write so please join me as I spend October thinking about how we can do this! I'm mostly planning to look at home life - routines, cleaning, food - but with some child development theory and how that's shaped our family flourishing. And a whole bunch of grace. I'm still far from the ideal in my head of what a flourishing home looks like!
I'll start off tomorrow with my faith, but just as a focus at the start, the Bible (NIV) has 19 references to flourishing, three in one Psalm alone! So I thought I'd end my intro with this. God wants us to live a full life - one that allows us to flourish.
Oh, and by the way, yes, if you stare too long at the word flourish you will start to see the word flour and think of bread (or cakes) and you will convince yourself you've spelt it wrong.
Day 1 - Introduction (you've just read it)
Day 2 - God at the centre
Day 3 - Acknowledge your season of life
Day 4 - Bullet journals
Day 5 - Morning routine
Day 6 - Evening routine
Day 7 - Establishing rhythm
Day 8 - Cleaning routines
Day 9 - A challenge and a rest
Day 11 - A restful space
Day 12 - Laundry
Day 13 - Meal planning - the meals
Day 14 - Meal planning - a plan
Day 15 - Decluttering
Day 16 - Decluttering challenge one
Day 17 - Decluttering challenge two
Day 18 - Hospitality
Day 19 - Intentional Parenting
Day 20 - Gentle / Attachment Parenting
Day 21 - Child Development
Day 22 - Getting to know your children
Day 23 - Discipline
Day 24 - Communication
Day 25 - Respect
Day 26 - Consistency
Day 27 - Play
Day 28 - The struggles
Day 29 - Marriage
Day 30 - When your child has special needs
Day 31 - Thoughts at the end