Forty-two

A few days ago I turned 42!

First thing in the morning, I messaged my lovelies with a picture of the front cover of the G Diet Plan. I know that by following the G diet plan, I will feel better, look better and be able to tackle life better. I know this because I have followed similar plans before and reaped the benefits…yet here we are again!

As Anastasia, one of the greatest pop philosophers of our time, said, “I’m sick and tired I’ve always being sick and tired.” This blog hasn’t been created for me to moan and groan, this is a call to action. I have seen lots of women following diets, running around after family and struggling through marriages. We all seem to be navigating our way through life in the middle. I’m not foolish enough to believe that everything can be fixed in a year, but I just kind of think I can do life better than this! Always focusing on what everybody else wants might seem like an admirable thing but it doesn’t appear to be getting me very far, and I’m pretty sure it’s not what God wants for me.

I know my life was meant to begin at 40, but I’ve decided 42 is the year for me.

On my birthday morning, I sat down at my desk, headache still lingering despite my paracetamol intake, and spotted the Proverbs 31 characteristics on my office wall.

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The Proverbs 31 wife is the stuff of legends. Whole ministries are set up in her name, and many Christian women have tried to follow her example. The books that I’ve read about her come from the perspective of being the perfect wife, living out all these characteristics to make your husband happy, letting him lead and feel adored!

This is not one of those blogs!

Whether you believe she’s fictional, an unrealistic wish-list or a real woman, I think she’s someone to aspire to.
I’m trying to balance being a good mum, run my own (very small) business, be a good wife, daughter, friend and look fabulous while doing it. I currently don’t seem to be doing any of these things particularly well.

Like you, I have been round and round the same issues over and over. I’ve said that I’m going to get more sleep, look after myself and be a happier person to be around so many times and yet all this striving doesn’t seem to get me where I’d like to be. I’m determined to say enough is enough, but I’ve said it before so why will this time be any different?

Well this year, I’m bringing in the big guns to help me!

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

I know I’m not the first to work on the Proverbs 31 list and I won’t be the last. There’s no set plan as I’m not giving myself another tick list to work through. It’s just a year of having a go and sharing how it’s going.

So, let’s get started. Right smack bang in the middle of the characteristics list it says “cares for herself” so I guess that’s my first step!

“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”
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I have a serious grown-up blog that is attached to my business that is carefully thought through and meticulously edited.  This blog will be checked by Grammarly but other than that it will just be an honest running commentary of life at 42!

Father, help me to look after this body that you gave me. Help me to stop making excuses for the way I look after it. How can I do the stuff you need me to do if I’m exhausted all the time? There will be no big “it stops today” speeches as I’ve done those so many times before. I just need your help. Amen

 

 

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