Today is the beginning of what Christians refer to as Lent--a period of 40 days that Christians observe from Ash Wednesday to Easter, often marked by giving something up.
Every year I struggle with finding something to sacrifice for 40 days-- I have tried everything; meat, coffee, soda, & social media. You name it, I have sacrificed it! but this year was different, as I looked at the calendar to get the exact date of Ash Wednesday I wondered what if we kept the food we enjoyed and gave up the things that are holding us back from the life we want to live?
I have this "idea" of how I want my life to look whether married or single and in 2017 I added a note into the notes section of my iPhone with the title "The Perfect Toya: In Toya's eyes" and began to add how I wanted my life to look spiritually, naturally, & professionally- if we could live a perfect life.
If I'm being honest until this week I hadn't really taken a lot of thought into this list but the list that I wrote in April 2017 and everything that is on it holds true to how I want to live my life even in February 2020. I had to ask myself why I wasn't living "the perfect life" and I realized that it was because of habits that I had adopted. You know those habits that we all have, like waking up with only enough time to rush the kids to get dressed and walk out of the house for a long day of work and school, waking up and reaching for our phones to check social media before thanking God for waking us up, watching TV instead of working on our business, or even putting off challenging or even the most simple tasks until tomorrow.
So today on Ash Wednesday 2020 I am sacrificing my bad habits! Habits that are keeping me away from reaching the "the perfect Toya: In Toya's eyes". The habits that are keeping me away from consistency. The habits that are keeping me away from being the best version of myself -- spiritually, naturally, & professionally.