Life Update

©  “May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ” – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 

         I begin looking through old blogs as I reflect on changes and elements of growth that have occurred recently. I notice a recurring pattern that leads me to a strong desire to get to the bottom of my need to continually exceed unattainable goals. I have been attempting for the past week to work on filling out my planner as I had not been able to when I was taking a three-week class and spending the remaining days of break catching up with friends. That brought me to Wednesday when I spent the day adjusting classes and making the necessary calls to do so. I then had Thursday to continue by dropping a class, check transfer requirements, organize past blogs, delete 500 photos (I take an obsessive amount of photos), and print out return labels for the books I did not need. Most of this occurred while looking after my puppy most of the afternoon with a quality hour nap that allowed me to get done all that I just mentioned! Mainly, this correlates with last week’s post when focusing in on the importance of balance and, therefore, rest. When you are regularly checking things off a to-do list, you become unable to think, you run on auto. When I had a few days to stop and reflect, I became emotionally overwhelmed as I began to process an abundant amount of thoughts that had been left on the backburner. I needed a few days of good rest, and I made the mistake of only giving myself one day in relation to 18 days of constant school work, friend gatherings, and moments of a dire need for organization. That being said, I went to the mall the next day and I was so happy with the thought that I was keeping myself occupied while also relaxing. However, that didn’t last long. I came home to look through social media, yet another distraction that I will speak of next week, watched a TV show and went to bed. That being said, today was the first day that I honestly felt as if I had time to write my set of blogs, calm myself down, and avoid social media for a while. I am definitely a work in progress, but I  am starting to acknowledge the importance of REST. I know I had mentioned a long time ago that it was vital to relax but I am still going through my phases of uncertainty when I see the importance of making the most out of the time I am given.

       That being said, I plan to put together a more manageable schedule and stay consistent. Having a planner is good but designating a day to update it will prove beneficial. I will be posting every Sunday, as I have been, and continue to have one post a month centering around my Attitude of Gratitude blog page. I hope to begin recording my food choices again and put in place a day for meal prep! Lastly, I want to stay engaged with checking my fellow bloggers throughout the week!

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5

This anxiety that I am feeling will be used for the greater good of my purpose. I will channel this in order to allow myself the humbling pleasure of endurance. Through this, I will see growth and will continue fighting with the faith that God will get me through these moments. Essentially, I have acknowledged that this is an area that can promote growth within my heart and soul.

Any advice on how to make the most of blogging without letting it consume you? 

I have been blessed to receive a countless amount of insight from T.R Noble who helped me set up a lot of different aspects of my blog and has provided ways to become more consistent!

©  Kiki Mueller 2017

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  1. Oh no!!!! My comment never showed up, I’m so sorry! Yes, I saw this yesterday night. Life can get messy sometimes, and that’s okay. Something to consider is to sit down and look at what are your responsibilities, priorities and what are your wants. Blogging may not be as much as a priority right now in your life with college and raising a new puppy, which is fine 🙂 so don’t beat yourself up about it.

    It took me over a year to figure out what I really wanted my blog(s) to do, and that was after I really started taking blogging seriously, as well as the community. I want to glorify God through my writing, and for me, I needed to be serious about it. Everyone is different. What works for one, may not work for another. I’m so glad to read you are working on taking breaks. Don’t let yourself get burnt out. It may take time, that’s okay 🙂

    Be willing to let go of some ideas for blogging that may not work out 😉 I’ve had to do this, and the more accepting I was the easier it was to do. Keep a notebook for ideas, or a spot on your phone, or both. 😉 I’m so glad I’ve been able to help you make blogging a little easier. Always here to do what I can 🙂 Take care!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of this out, again! I’m so sorry that it didn’t show up the first time! I appreciate your kindness! You’re words really help bring a feeling of peace within me because I resonate with your personal tribulations and I am thankful that you took the time to help me be at ease with my inner struggles! I also see my blog as a way to glorify God and, in turn, grow closer to Him. I guess that is why I am struggling to figure out the best way to prioritize my plans. You truly have been a light in my life! Blessings! Xoxo

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      1. No problem, girl! 🙂 I totally hear you. What you might consider doing, is have one post for the week really centered on something. This is the one post that if you weren’t able to get other posts written, you want THIS one to be written. For me, it started with Thursdays. Those were the posts that were in-depth, shared scripture, and gave God a lot of attention. I didn’t have much last year at the beginning, but I had that. I have some lighter posts throughout the week as well to have balance out what I cover, and for readers to have both milk (lighter) posts and meat (heavier) posts. You will absolutely figure it out, and I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you to be guided. 😉 Would you like prayer for your blog? I can add in the community prayer request that comes out on Friday.

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      2. Thank you! I have been working on keeping one weekly post that is God-oriented, aside from the Blessings post I do, for one of the weeks, every month. However, at times, that overwhelms me too! I think it’s sticking to a habit, as you said, that will help bring me peace. Thank you so much for your prayers! Being added to the community prayer request would mean a lot. Thank you so much for asking!

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      3. I was exactly the same. For many months, writing one post was difficult. Part of it also had to do with the fact I struggled with ideas. It was something I prayed over for months as well. Then, when I handed everything over to God, He just provided. He will provide for you too. ❤ May you endure towards your goal!

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