january focus: declutter and detox {do, read, learn, and be goals}

After the long holiday season, I'm really feeling the results of excess. Do you know what I mean? :) All kinds of new items have entered our household {4 kids + 2 adults + 3 Christmas celebrations = tons of new stuff}, and then all the sugary, fattening foods I've eaten in the last month and a half have left me feeling rather sluggish and icky too. I'm ready for a clean start in the new year! Are you too?

That's why I'm a bit excited about my January goals. I'm following the pattern of last year's goals and breaking them down into do, read, learn, and be, but focusing them on a theme or two. Or that's what I'm aiming for anyway. We'll see how the year pans out. ;)

For this month, my four categories are guided by these two main goals: declutter and detox. 

a home declutter:
1. 40 bags- I'm challenging myself to find 40 bags of excess to purge from our house. I know it's there- in 15 minutes yesterday, I had a 13 gallon trash bag full! It might take more than a month, but that's okay. Any progress is good! {There are also tons of great decluttering ideas over here!} I'll try to keep you posted!
2. Take down 10 picture frames that aren't hanging on the wall. {I'm attempting to tame the visual clutter around the house.}
3. Rearrange living room and sewing room furniture to better use our spaces. 
4. Take down Christmas decorations. {It's only January 4, right? ;)}
5. Donate extra bedding we no longer need.

a physical detox:
1. Eat real foods- avoiding all processed foods if possible. I've been doing this for the last week, and it's not been fun so far. But I feel better already!
2. Exercise at least 8 hours per week. {I'm using this free fitness log! hey!}
3. Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day.

a spiritual detox:
1. Journal 1-2x per week in quiet time using Evernote. {I will easily type it out but I know I'll never do it if I'm supposed to hand write it. Typing is so much faster. ha!}
2. Wake up before kids and read alone in quiet at least 5 days per week {this has been so hard to do this winter}. Check off each day completed in my calendar for motivation.

a book about the effects of culture on the Christian soul...
"We will never discover lasting happiness, significance and security in the temporary things of this world because we weren't made to live a temporary life."

"When we truly change what we believe, we'll gladly change how we behave."

Psalm 51:7-13

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a rightb spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.

I'm praying God will work on this character quality in me this month and through the year: repentance.

side note: so I looked it up in my Mac's dictionary and couldn't believe my eyes! The Gospel is even in my Macbook! Ahhhh!! :D Check this out:

repentance |riňąpentns|nounthe action of repenting; sincere regret or remorse: each person who turns to God in genuine repentance and faith will be saved.

I guess you could summarize my goals for January into this:
I want to go into 2013 with a clean heart, and a renewed mind, so that I can continue to grow in Christ. {Lord, may it be so!}
What is your focus for January? Are you decluttering and detoxing too? :D


Anonymous said...

Hi Mandy, I am decluttering too... One room at a time, it will take me a good part of the year, but it is necessary. My goal is to have less stuff at the end of this year than what I started with. It's both cleansing and therapeutic. I like Evernote for notes, ideas and recipes and I'm going to start using it this year for journaling too... Have you used it before for journaling? Wondered if you had any tips or tricks.. Tina

Anonymous said...

I am happy to say we entered 2013 with a decluttered house and a limited amount of sugary junk food. We managed to stay close tmi our normal real food and we aren't feeling sluggish and sickly. Its a wonderful feeling to enter a new year with a great start! I had set a similar goal to yours above in 2012 and we succeeded! Best of luck to you! Don't give up!

Lis said...

Just want to say how encouraging this post is and how much I have enjoyed following your blog. Thank you for the ideas!

jen said...

so blessed to have found your blog and am inspired by your natural eating, i am going to try natural/plant based eating. i lift weights as well but have never eaten great...so thanks for this post and some past posts with recipe ideas...love them!!

Amy said...

40 bags is a lot but totally doable. Good luck!

I really need to get back on the bandwagon with eating real food but I just can't seem no to the sugar! Ugh. Just saying that shows how bad I need it!

Anne Currier said...

Hi gorgeous. I am desperately trying to cut out processed foods and it was really a shock to look through our kitchen and find very few unprocessed foods. UGH. Where do you even start??? Will you share some of your ideas for breakfast and lunches? It shouldn't be this hard should it???!!!

Amanda Pausley said...

My husband and I got to hear Craig G. at the Resurgence conference this last fall - have wanted to read one of his books since then. Might check that one out! Also, I really want to try the no processed life... so afraid of it, though.

Rebekah Lewis said...

I'm right there with you! I've got to do something about our house, I feel like we're surrounded by things that mattered once, but just clutter our lives now!