My Focuses For Today – February 2018

My Focuses For Today – February 2018

Hi there, guys! ❤ I hope you’re all doing well! It has been a full week since I’ve shown my face in the blogging world, and I am truly happy to be back here again to see how all of you are doing.

What has your week been like so far? Anything exciting been going on in your life lately? Please do let me know in the comments below!

In this evening’s update-esque post (of course that’s a word, haha), I thought that I would compile some of the focuses of my life recently, all into one beautiful post. ❤ I love knowing what I should daily be spending my time doing, as well as what I should be praying over, and maybe even thinking about, too. Everything that I end up doing on a regular basis slowly forms and greatly impacts me, and I desire to make sure every now and then that those things are good, honorable, and full of the Lord’s love.

As you know, I recently wrote about my priorities, organized for 2018 (click here),  but today’s post will do a better job of showing you some of the things I’ve been thinking about, dwelling on, and praying over these past few weeks, and into the present, too. Like I mentioned a moment ago, I’d love to know how you’ve been! If I haven’t commented on your blog recently, it is very probable that I’ll be showing back up in your notifications soon. 🙂 ❤

I hope you enjoy reading today’s update post. xx Let’s check this out!

My Focuses For Today –
February 2018

Learn.

This refers to a variety of things, which is really cool, because I’ll always love learning, haha! I recently fell back in love with the art of learning a foreign language, and my obsession with using Memrise to learn more Spanish has completely returned. I only have one full course of the language left to complete, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself after that. lol The other things I’ve been learning lately are all of the subjects I’m taking for my last semester of high school! Physics has been especially fun, because I really do love science now (I know, crazy right??!), and consumer finance has been a blast, too. I can’t wait to open my own bank account this year!

Grow.

I know, deep down in my heart, that the Lord has called me to a higher purpose than to simply reach a certain point of human kindness and then stop there. I am constantly growing, maturing and learning, and becoming inspired by His beautiful example all over again. He is teaching me things about myself I would have never realized were even part of me, and helping me conquer obstacles I had no idea existed. It is not His will for me to live in fear, sadness, or confusion … He is helping me work through every single negativity that my life has ever beheld. The more He teaches me, the more I realize that not only is this a constant process, but He is also more than willing to reach to the furthest depths of my aching soul to teach me of a love I can only begin to comprehend. I am thankful every day for His love, mercy, and patience, and showing as much of that kind of love as I can to those around me is my mission.

Minimize.

No, I’m not talking about closing an open internet tab on your computer, haha – although it is the same word! Recently, I have taken to seeing that the contents of my room are more than I’m happy with. That is, I’ve held on to things for a long time that I truly don’t even like anymore – whether that’s a book I read once, a shirt I thought I’d wear, or some wall art that I liked for a while. Just because it used to mean something to me doesn’t mean I am obligated to hold onto it now. With this realization has come a freedom I cannot explain, and I am in love with the idea of surrounding myself with things that I adore, and those things only. This doesn’t mean my lifestyle has or will change – not drastically, anyway … but I do know that the Lord is teaching me something through this, and I am willing to learn through the experience. ❤

Photograph.

Along with the lesson I mentioned learning above, my love for photography has been restored. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been going through, organizing, and uploading all the pictures I need to get printed, that I may savor the beautiful memories I experienced with my family over the past year or so of our lives. Once I get them printed, I’ll be all caught up, until I have to start the printing process all over again next year. xD Oh, well! It’s worth it ❤ I’m enjoying getting to take pictures of Isabella, and the weather’s been nicer lately, so we’ve been spending more time outside. I love taking pictures of my siblings out in the beautiful natural lighting, and I may have do a post soon with some of those photos.

Motivate.

One of the main points I’ve taken from a book I’ve been reading recently (still haven’t finished it, haha) is that children benefit deeply from praise and motivation they receive from those they admire. Because I’m the eldest of five children, I have the opportunity every day to be an encouragement and inspiration to them, and I don’t desire to neglect that purpose for a second. I also enjoy sharing inspiration with others through blog posts, and in conversations with my parents, as well – whenever I have the chance, I desire to be there for others, in having uplifting chats and sharing words of wisdom. It’s one of the reasons I’m here ❤

Savor.

Children really do have only one childhood, and I desire to be truly present in the early lives of my younger brothers and sisters. However, no matter where I am, I’d love to always be conscious of the fact that we only have the chance of living each individual day once, and that when a moment is lost in time, it’s impossible to experience it as we did in the moment it first occurred. Making sure that I’m not wishing the days away, and instead being happy wherever the Lord has me, is very important to me.

Live.

This should really be a permanent focus throughout the entirety of my life, for I’d love to always live with intention and purpose! Knowing and trusting that the Lord is caring for me, and also that my future is in His hands, gives me great peace of mind that I cannot begin to explain. I desire to dutifully take upon myself the aspects of my life that He gives me – which is all of it, as a matter of fact. Believing that He will get me to where I need to be, exactly at the right time, provides great hope for my future. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I hope and pray that you’re having a great week so far, and that you have a great day or night. ❤ Happy Tuesday!

— Maggie

48 thoughts on “My Focuses For Today – February 2018

  1. I’m glad you’re back! its been a while. 🙂 Since your lastp ost, some exciting things have happened…
    1. My baby sister was born! We all love her so much. ❤
    2. I fell off of a runaway horse and broke my arm at the shoulder… OUCH. I am in a sling and will be for the next three-four weeks.

    Great post! Your posts are always so beautiful and calming. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks Kendra! ❤ Awwww congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you guys 🙂 oh no!! I'm also very sorry to hear that happened to you 😦 You'll be in my prayers, girl ❤ Man, those two events are so drastically different! Thank you so much, I appreciate it ❤ Praying you recover quickly!

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  2. What a beautifully written post! I love the words you shared and how they are impacting your life. I’m am…slowly working towards minimalizing. I think your reasoning is a great inspiration. I’m so happy to hear about your return to learning another language and photography. I always love to see what you share. I think one of my favorites is the basket of apples you got last fall. (I think that was you)

    I created logos for both blogs tonight, that was exciting! I’m so impressed with how some others can use Canva. I’m still learning the basics. Trying to get a little ahead of blogging. I made a pizza mix today, and accidentally made one pizza, but put all of the sauce on that pizza, so the other pizza dough, I made a cheese stick kinda thing.

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    1. Thanks girlie!! ❤ Aw that's wonderful, it's such a freeing process. 🙂 I couldn't see how much things are weighing me down until more recently. Thank you! Haha yes, I shared a pic like that when I went to the apple orchard with my family in October. 🙂

      Ooh that sounds nice! I have yet to try Canva, I've been using Rookie Cam for the longest time, instead. I'd probably like it, though! And homemade pizza is the best, I'm sure the cheese rolls went with it really well!

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      1. Oh good, that was your picture!

        I’ll have to check out Rookie Cam then 🙂 . I get better suggestions on what to try out from bloggers then when I go to a search engine and try to look for stuff.

        You will probably like Canva. There are a TON of options, and ways to get creative.

        I can’t fully take credit for the pizza as the mix came from a box, and I over sauced it haha! The cheese bread was good. I just wish we had more cheese I could have used haha 🙂

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  3. Yay, I’m so happy you’re back! Loved reading this post! I can relate to the growing part – I’m trying to evolve and become the best version of myself too! Also, I’m turning 17 next week, so I’ve been mentally preparing for that too, haha! 😀
    It was nice reading your goals for this month! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Hope!! ❤ Aww I'm so sorry to hear you're still going through that. Praying you continue to recover, and that you'll see your friend very soon! (: Yes! It is always good to praise the Lord in all things ❤

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  4. Eeeekkkkkk! I’m so happy that you’re back and absolutely love your focuses for today! The word ‘live’ resonates with me because many days I feel like I’m just existing and that’s such an awful feeling. There is so much beauty and purpose in this life and I need to start living in a way that reflects that! Thank you so much for sharing, Maggie! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! xo ❤ ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Brittney!! ❤ I'm happy to be back, too 🙂 I definitely agree – it is a much better feeling to know we're living with purpose! I'm glad this post resonated with you, I truly enjoyed writing it. Thanks again, I wish the same to you!!

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  5. Honey! I had wondered if I might have missed a post of yours. I wish I had your focus and commitment to learning. I schedule some time for it on my planner (I want to help Spanish to help my students, remember what I learned from 5 years of French and re-take a biology exam I did last year) but I don’t prioritize it and always end up doing something else. I’m so happy you’re downsizing when it comes to your possessions. A lot of people seem to be doing that, which makes me very happy. We’ve been focusing on material things for too long. I’ll never be a minimalist but I’ve been decluttering and trying to be less sentimental about objects in general ❤️

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    1. Haha ❤ Aw thank you! That sounds like a great plan, I'm sure you'll get around to it. 🙂 Yes, it is so freeing. I'll never be a minimalist, either, but I do appreciate being able to only keep the things I love. Same!

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  6. Glad to see you’re back! 🙂

    You only have one to go?!!! Congratulations!! 😀 🎊 Haha, I just started Spanish 2 and have a few Spanish 1 words left. And I started ASL 1. (I knew most of the alphabet already so the beginning of that went fast.) And I’m still using Duolingo for Spanish occasionally because it makes sure that I know important facts such as that I am a penguin… 😂

    I so enjoy reading about how He is growing you! ❤

    I'm glad that the Minimizing is going well! 🙂 That is something that is so hard for me. There is always that "what if I change my mind?" in the back of my mind. XD

    I look forward to seeing more of your photography! 😀 Oh man, I'm glad you have nicer weather. 😀 Haha, we've been getting so much rain here that a few schools closed. 😲 I waded through ankle-deep water today. But it was worth it to get some shots of raindrops landing in the water in the overflowing ditch. XD

    "However, no matter where I am, I’d love to always be conscious of the fact that we only have the chance of living each individual day once, and that when a moment is lost in time, it’s impossible to experience it as we did in the moment it first occurred. Making sure that I’m not wishing the days away, and instead being happy wherever the Lord has me, is very important to me." :O Wow. I have no other words, that left me speechless. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Grace! ❤

      Yes!! I'm very excited about it 🙂 Ooh that's awesome what you've gotten done! Haha I'd probably whiz through that first ASL lesson, too – I know the signed alphabet by heart!

      ❤ Thank you!! And yes, I've struggled with that at times, too. I just make sure I don't donate something before I'm ready to 🙂

      Dang, that's quite a bit of rain!! Over the last couple of weeks, we keep having rain forecasted in our area, and then it silently passes right over us. XD It would be nice if we could finally get some rain!

      Aww ❤ Thank you so much, Grace!

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      1. 😀 ❤

        Cool! 😀 I remembered all of the alphabet except for K, P, Q, and X, but I have those memorized now. 🙂

        Ah, I see. 🙂

        Wow! Haha, I hope that you get some then! I wish I could give you some of what we have. XD

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