P.S. I’m meant to write about my next motherhood reflections (co-sleeping), but thought I’d take a break and write about a topic that’s been more pressing on my mind. If you’ve missed my past motherhood reflections post, I’ve written one on breastfeeding and sleep training.
It’s been one month since we’ve relocated to Gold Coast, Australia. It’s amazing how after a month, I quickly see where I fall short in self-discipline in major areas of my life. Self-discipline is defined as ‘training and control of oneself and one’s conduct, usually for personal development’. I’ve known awhile that I need to grow in self-discipline, so I’m thankful that now is an essential time to put my growth into action. Here’s my areas for growth in self-discipline (I know, I know- some of it looks similar to one I wrote awhile ago on ‘putting your growth on hold‘).
1) Food: While living with Daniel’s parents, we are exposed to and eat food that is different from what we typically digest. Now our meals include more carbohydrates, processed food, sweets, and fried snacks. Self-discipline in this area means I am proactive and intentional with making meals that reflect what we used to consume and not snacking just because it’s there. It’s Day 1 and I have been successful!
2) God: It’s amazing how difficult it is to find a church fitting for us AND to be surrounded by believers! Since none of this is available to us, I find it easy to push God further and further away since I do not have others to engage in God talk with or make me accountable. Self-discipline in this area means I commit to doing a daily devotional. It’s Day 1 and I have to do my reading after this post.
3) Alcohol: It’s been a long time coming, and now is the time. Self-discipline in this area means only drinking on the weekends!! One drink daily Fri-Sun. Today is Day 1 and I am SO proud to say I have been successful!
In general, what I’ve learned so far when entering a new place, namely another persons’ home, is that I need to consciously work to maintain who I am and what I stand for. I have found it quite easy to assimilate and “forget” my disciplines when others do not subscribe to the same one. After reflecting on this area of growth for me, I look forward to regaining and bettering myself in these areas, and hopefully encourage others in the process.