Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WFMW - Blogging - The Accountability Factor

Friendship

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Everyone who blogs has a little bit different reason...I've been thinking lately about blogging for me - why I like it, how often I do it and what its purpose in my life is. It's a great place to keep family & friends up-to-date on what's going on with Walker and the new baby, but for me, I've realized it's also more than that. Blogging for me, provides accountability.

As you may remember, I've been working on getting my life together for awhile now - in this post, I talked about my quest to get things in order around here before our little girl is born in January. I shared several pics of my desk...some that were looking good, others that showed some of the work-in-progress! I'm pleased to report that I have continued to make progress - my desk is looking pretty good and has been for the last couple of weeks (which for me, is a huge accomplishment!)

I believe we all need accountability in our lives - and while it comes in many different forms, we need to identify what works best for us. I'm accountable to my husband and that is definitely a motivator for me. Especially as my children grow older, I will also be accountable to them, though that's not as much of an issue right now. I'm accountable to extended family and friends - but what I've also come to realize is that I don't have any super-close girl friends right now that I get to see on a regular basis. I have several great friendships...we just either live far apart or don't get to see each other often enough. We've changed churches within the last year, and while I've begun to cultivate some friendships there, none of them are to the super-deep friendship level yet. We don't live in a neighborhood - we're out in the country, so it's not easy to see a friend on a weekly (or even monthly) basis unless I do see them at church...let's face it...all of us are busy these days and it takes dedication & commitment to see folks outside of an ongoing, scheduled commitment (like church) on a regular basis.
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I have come to realize that blogging provides some of that form of "friendship accountability" for me. Not only has blogging provided me the accountability to continue forward getting my life in order, but has also spurred me on to think about and more importantly be consistent with exercise. I have decided that I'd like to exercise at least 4 times a week, and have started posting my exercise list in my blog side bar - and let me tell you...I'm just on week 3 of this plan, but already have had 2 successful weeks and am well on my way this week as well! When we got up last Sat, I told Brad we had to go for a walk or some type of exercise that day, because I wasn't missing my exercise goal for the week - without posting here...that would never have happened!

Warm Christmas 2006 - 312F
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I'm also using this space to make sure that Christmas is more peaceful and enjoyable for our family this year. W is 2 and can really start to participate in some Christmas festivities and traditions and we want to make sure that we are creating traditions that we want for our family. Every year I have the best of intentions, but let time get away from me, and before I know it...it's Dec 22nd and I still have WAY TOO MUCH TO DO!!! Definitely destroys any prospect of a peaceful holiday. This year I'm determined that Christmas will not sneak up on me! I'm already making my list and checking it twice and will continue to do so here on Mondays between now and Christmas...do you realize that as of tomorrow Christmas is 9 weeks away? Does that blow your mind, freak you out or do you already have a plan in place? I am so thankful that I am the latter this year!

ekuverikamakee, gadha fadha baareh

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So as you're continuing on your blogging journey - don't forget to utilize the accountability factor! Blogs give us the ability to benefit from community and that creates the perfect environment for accountability. Enjoy the journey, but make sure that it's helping to better you along the way! Any areas where you could benefit from some additional accountability these days? Accountability through blogging certainly works for me - head on over to Rocks in My Dryer for other great WFMW ideas! And head back over here on Monday - let's enjoy a peaceful, memorable Christmas together this year - remember, it's 9 weeks and counting!

6 comments:

Wani said...

I understand the difficulty this phase of life can bring to building adult relationships. I've posted on this subject a few times. I'm not one who gets close to people quickly and when "girls nights" are few and far between its hard to cultivate friendships. I would encourage you to make the extra effort to make playdates with other moms with kids yours' age and even ladies nights or couples nights because while blogging is a good thing - real life relationships are great!

Wani said...

http://www.stonecroftministries.org/gll/default.asp
This was a link in one of the other WFMW posts I checked out today. Maybe you could find a group near you!

Jodi said...

Wani - thanks so much for commenting - absolutely, blogging will never be a substitute for real life relationships...those are definitely important and I definitely want to work to continue to build those! For where I am in life right now, blogging is just a great tool to keep myself motivated to make the progress I need to be making already.

Thanks too for the link - I'll have to check it out!

Rena Gunther said...

You certainly got me! This is a factor of blogging that I really haven't considered.

When I read how quickly you note that you are accountable to your husband, I have to ask myself just how accountable I have been to mine.

I feel a heart search coming on...

This is a great post and the pics are amazing! Beautiful!

Rena Gunther

ilovemy5kids said...

Thanks for the comment...

Aren't 2 year olds so much fun? I have one of them as well. He follows in his big sisters and brothers example. I believe their philosphy is to keep Mommy on her toes.

There is never a boring moment. :)

Blessings!

LB said...

hi, thanks for stopping by my blog today!! And thanks for motivating me to really starting planning for Christmas:) I agree that blogging can be a form of accountability!! It has really kept me on track with menu planning and exercising (at times). Good for you for exercising lately!! I know it's hard to get started, but once it's habit it gets so much easier!