1. Beth D

    I generally try to do something for Lent rather than give up something. Planning to try and speak with a more compassionate voice when I try to slow down my conversations with my husband. Make sure to slowly wean off that caffeine, or you’ll have a tremendous headache, and certainly not appreciate the joy of watching your son play!

  2. I just had a No Spend February and it felt so good, in a weird sort of way, to stop the excessive spending that has characterized our move South. Just a pause, a break, a reset. I don’t know what I’m going to give up for Lent but I’m looking forward to a new challenge because even though it’s uncomfortable, the end result leaves me feeling better.

  3. Really though, I hear you on wanting to pull out my phone constantly to record the kiddo when he’s being adorable. But it’s hard to then put the phone away after a quick picture or video, and I think that’s where the real problem lies. I will never regret the photos, but I will also never regret putting the phone away.

  4. I’m not focused on giving anything up, though I do need to cut back on the calories in general. I broke my own rule and bought some aspirational clothes (one size smaller than I am now) because I was closing in on that size. But then I went up a couple of pounds — I think due to going on birth control because no other changes were made, even to my diet — so now I’m disheartened and overeating. So. I need to get back on my diet. I guess that means I’m subtracting these last 10 lbs?

  5. I really like this post.
    Your comment about the bathroom during the workday made me smile – teacher bladders are used to waiting for recess, lunchtime and after school. A retired colleague came back to visit and as one of her old friends dumped books on her desk and said, “I’ll be back in a minute, I’ve got to go to the loo”, the retired one said, “Ohhh, I remember those days of having to hold on…”
    Imagine the freedom…
    I think I was lucky in that I was home with my boys before the internet had the stranglehold on people that it does today. I didn’t even hear about Google until my youngest was 4!!

  6. Lent is one of my favourite times of the year. I didn’t really get it until a couple years ago, mostly because I wasn’t involved in a community that practiced it, but now that I am, it has easily become one of the most transformational times of the year for me.

    In the past, I have given up social media (mostly. I worked at a newspaper at the tie, so I could use it when it was required for my job) and wearing makeup. This year, I picked hitting the snooze button in the morning. Let me tell you, the first five minutes of every morning are TOUGH but once I am awake, I am glad to have the time to do things I don’t get to do when I lay in bed for an extra 40 minutes.

    Anyway, I really loved this post. Best of luck on the journey this Lent season!

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