About this time last year I had a LOT of goals. Goals about everything. Goals for my home and family, for preschool, daycare and homeschool, family, finances, and lastly fitness.
As I tried to meet all of these goals, I got a little overwhelmed and started to fall behind in all of them. It feels like much longer, but just over a month ago I wrote about "My calling". I talked about the things I was called to focus on. What I didn't talk about was the things that I needed to let go of in order to really focus on my home and family. I was already falling behind on most everything, so at the time it wasn't so hard to let go of the excess. It wasn't so much that I was giving up on them completely, but pushing them aside for the time being in order to focus on the greater goal. I knew (and know) that God will take care of the rest.
One of the many fitness goals I let go of was walking/running a 5K by the end of this summer. It's not that I didn't want to do it. I did. I do. A few nights I was able to go for walks after the kids went to bed. But there are very limited days in my area of the country that it's daylight after bedtime. So that didn't last long. But eventually among all the other things I've been trying to accomplish, trying to find time to go for a walk or run without the kids was adding more stress to my life than it was taking away. So I stopped.
I know nutrition and fitness are important, and I do what I can, but right now it's not something I can put a lot of energy and focus into. I'm focusing on the most important things right now, which are being a wife, mother and homeschooler. As I get those to run more efficiently, then I'll be adding the other goals back in one at a time.
Today is the big run that everyone's been preparing for. They're posting a lot of fun and amazing photos. I'm glad they're having a good time. And I'm trying not to feel to guilty for not joining this year. I did what I needed to do for now. There's always next year, right?