This year I've been tracking my daily mood in my happy planner.
I have a year in pixels spread and a monthly spread that I am doing.
I labeled eight levels of moods so that I could select one each day:
Every night at 11:00 pm I have an alarm that goes off on my phone to remind me to record my mood. If I am already in bed or I am still out and about, I set a reminder for the morning to record my mood.
It's been an interesting 48 days thus far. Here is what I have:
The 2 Big Things I've Learned:
1. I track way more good days than bad days.
Do I choose to focus on just the good parts of my day? Is my outlook on life more positive than I originally thought? What made me this way? These are the tough questions..
2. The medicine I take has a HUGE affect on my overall mood the day I take them... and the following days.
I am on stimulants, prescribed to me, to help control my ADHD. If it wasn't for them I can barely get through a sentence. I've been on them for years... but I don't take them if I don't absolutely need them. Because I had a relatively easy school and work load at the beginning of Feb, I didn't take them for about 2 weeks. There is an obvious increase in my mood on the days following this medication vacation. I don't have a single day that I would qualify as "normal" or "average" once the break started. When I went back on my medicine as my school picked back up, I immediately started going back to the "normal" days.
So I made something for ya'll!
So I spent some time putting together an excel file for ya'll to also track your mood! I know its for the entire year - but it's never too late to start!
Be sure to open the instructions first! They will give you absolutely necessary information.
Click HERE to download!
resolutions are dumb. so dumb. we all forget. or throw them out. or give up. personally, that is not how I want to start the new year.
but nevertheless the new year does kinda feel like a new beginning.
last year my life saw a lot of change:
the end of a relationship, the end of the family structure I knew, another step towards eating disorder recovery, health complications, two semesters of overwhelming school responsibilities, being charged with the task of discipling underclassmen, traveling to new places, eating weird foods, confronting my core beliefs, a new family forming, etc.
but most of all last year was a year of REDEMPTION. Something I never thought I deserved.
As I move forward into the new year I am trying to do a few more things with my time.
these are small goals, just for me.
here goes nothing
1. at least once every other week I want to spend alone time with God. - i dont want to put any more stipulations to it. alone time with the Lord will look different as life changes. so God - here I come. work in me. this also doesn't mean that I wont spend more time with Him. But I know that if I give Him some time every now and then - He will do big things for me and through me.
2. we're going to try to be a little better about keeping a planner. with only half a year of school left and then jobs I gotta get better at it. i'll start with a physical planner but if that gets to be too much, I'll use google cal or something lol.
3. HEALTH - i need to see the counselor or psychologist at least once a month. end of story. it has to happen. preferably every week but we will see how this goes.
4. Wesley - Lord, let me pour my heart and soul into Wesley this semester. Allow me to see what I need to do. Please Please Please. Let me prioritize Wesley above non-important social obligations.
5. Do more fun things. Buy less things I don't need. :)
6. Love harder. Love unconditionally. Love with every word, action, and thought.
Future Brooke - I hope you did at least some of these !! <3
we are so mindbogglingly undeserving of such a sovereign and unfailing God.
yet the grace, freedom, and protection that he provides is given with no limits.
2 Samuel 22:3-4 "'my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.'
I call upon the Lord, who is worth to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies."
He takes us as we are, holes and all, and makes us full.
He takes over every aspect of our lives, even those we push Him away from.
There is no valley He can't find us in.
Isaiah 40:28 "Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable."
He makes Promises and never falls back.
2 Corinthians 4
He is the one that makes the concept of "faithfulness" possible.
We just have to be positioned and willing to listen.