It’s a little hard to believe we’re almost two weeks into the new year. How are you doing on your resolutions and goals? It seems like week two is the week that either makes or breaks resolutions involving new habits. This may seem very insignificant but I started the new year committed to flossing my teeth every day and am proud to say it’s still going strong. I was really ashamed of the fact that I had gotten out of the habit of flossing, and my gums are thanking me for getting back to it.
Side note: if you don’t floss your teeth, please reconsider. My dad has been a dentist/dental specialist for almost thirty years and flossing is one of those things that seems so inconsequential but actually has a huge impact on your oral hygiene.
I went to Kentucky last week, primarily to visit my Grandma, but also to go through everything I still have in my parents’ basement, which was quite a nostalgia filled afternoon. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my Story through those couple of days. Going through all of that, combined with visiting with my 91-year-old Grandma, reading Chip Gaines’ book from start to finish (Capital Gaines), and catching up one morning with one of my cherished friends and mentors, made for a trip that sent me back to Tampa refreshed, motivated, and ready to take on the new year with new vigor.
It surprised me, but when you get that feeling–don’t question it. As a believer, I truly feel that those are the moments when you are keenly aware of His hand in where you are and what you’re doing.
It’s like flossing after a long time; the layer of plaque that’s been building up is scrapped away and you’re left with a fresh, clean slate and an enlightened sense of what’s right. If you stay committed, the plaque won’t build up again, at least not to the extent it had before, and it becomes easier and easier to scrape it away.
The things that spark that in each of us is different. Currently I’m not in a position where I can just hop on a plane and go somewhere else for a week when I’m needing perspective. Maybe one day I’ll get there, but that’s not my current reality. Instead, I find other ways to create the same feeling.
Sometimes it means spending time with other people, such as an older mentor from my church family, or finding an act of service to do. Sometimes it means doing something totally frivolous like window shopping and sitting at a coffee shop or breaking out the craft supplies and hardware. And sometimes, it means spending an afternoon in nature, by myself, with my camera.
My family went to see The Greatest Showman during the holidays (absolutely loved it!) and at the very end was a quote by P.T. Barnum, “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” My translation might say…of serving others. If we all focused a little bit more on doing for others instead of serving ourselves, what a difference that could make. To the same effect, we cannot adequately serve others if we are not at least taking care to be the best version of ourselves we can be.
Whatever it is for you, take the opportunities to feed your soul and when it’s in your control, eliminate the things that do just the opposite. Tune in to what it is that rejuvenates you and motivates you to be the best version of yourself and prioritize it.
Time to start flossing.
All photos were taken throughout Hillsborough River State Park.