Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

I'm a full-blown Catholic school girl. I went to a Catholic elementary school from kindergarten through 8th grade and then I went to a Catholic high school. As long as I can remember, I always sacrificed something during Lent because I was taught it's what we're supposed to do. In the past I've given up chocolate, soda, coffee, and a bunch of other things. Last year I was pregnant with JB, so I allowed myself to break those rules.  Of course, I abstain from not having meat on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays during Lent (this included when I was pregnant). 
I've been trying to come up with something to give up and I can't think of anything. At first, I was like well, maybe Starbucks. But honestly, my husband and I have seriously cut down on our Starbucks addiction and I feel like it wouldn't be fair to give up something that I don't have that often anymore. Then I thought maybe I should give up chocolate. Testing season is upon us and at any given time in an elementary school for the next 6 weeks, chocolate will be in abundance and it would be too tempting. 
I'm idea-less for what to sacrifice. I don't have the willpower to drop Facebook for the next 40 days and I take far too many pictures to not use IG either. But I still feel like I want to do something as we start this Lenten journey. After brainstorming, asking my husband, and googling (what would we do without Google?), I decided to TRY to give up stressing out over the small stuff. Easier said than done, but I figured I could at least try to be successful in this. It seems to me that all the little things in life are building up and causing me to have so much stress that I often feel overwhelmed. I'm going to try and take one day at a time. Maybe even one HOUR at a time. These moments are just FLYING by and if I continue to be stressed out so much, I'm going to miss time with JB because I'm always so worried about everything. 
So how am I going to do this? Journaling. Yep. Old-fashioned journaling. Sure, blogging is a form of journaling, but honestly, there are so many things running through my mind that I can't even begin to blog about them. So I ordered a cute journal today on Amazon and with Amazon prime, it should be here by the end of the week! I plan on sitting down every day and just writing down my thoughts, worries, and what is stressing me out. That way, when I'm done writing, I can close the book on whatever is bothering me and move on. In other words, I'm going to try to LET IT GO. 
Hopefully I'm successful in this new task for the next 40 days. I figured it may not be the same as giving something tangible up, but as long as I'm attempting to fix what is making me so stressed out over everything, it should count right? 
What are you giving up for Lent?
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