Flourish, Goals

Do the Next Thing + September Goals

Happy September my friends!

This time of year is one of abundance. The “slow” days of Summer suddenly shift to new rhythms and routines of the Fall. Whether you have kiddos, work at a school, work with a school, know kids, or are simply human I bet you are feeling the pressure of this new Season.

When I try to do it all perfectly, I fall short/get frustrated and it all comes tumbling down. Quite simply Fall is a time to refresh rhythms, take a hard look at routines, and be ruthless about chasing what matters (to you!)

In this season, I know that I am unable to do it all perfectly, but I can do the next right thing. Many years ago I heard this poem read by Elisabeth Elliot, as a reminder to do the next thing and trust that God has the future in his hands.

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing

Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all results, do the next thing.

Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.

Before I share my simple September goals, here were my highlights from August!

Morning quiet times on the porch at Koselig Cottage.
Road trips, ice cream, and fun with these friends!
Queen Lime series zinnias…all the heart eyes for these beauties!
Much needed cousin time & celebrating Amanda + Quinn!
Puppy piles for my Friday afternoon
The cutest little joy bug…meet my new pup POSY!

September Goals:

Monthly Action Items

  • Celebrate with Family (A+Q, Olivia, Evelyn)
  • Refreshed Fall rhythms & routines (ZA and Home)
  • Late Summer Photo Shoot
  • Read: Chasing Perfect and The Lazy Genius Way

Weekly Action Items

  • Sabbath (Saturday evening – Sunday evening)
  • Connect with local community (family and friends)
  • Life group/worship

Daily Habits

Do not do more today than you can completely recover from by tomorrow.

Greg McKeown

Inspired by “Effortless” by Greg McKeown, my daily “habit” this month is just one. To simplify, slow down, and not over do it. There will be days that are full and abundant, but that means the next day my priorities might look very different.

My September goals and rhythms are simple and life-giving. I’ve found in seasons of transitions, the best is to get back to basics. May you focus on what matters and find joy in the new season!

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