Hello Advent

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And just like that, the last month of 2017 is upon us!

It’s also the first weekend of Advent, which I am so excited about. Advent is one of, if not my absolute favorite, season of the Church. I actually didn’t know that much about Advent until about two years ago, and since learning more about what it means for us as Christians, I look forward to it all year.

 There is so much joy in the season, but I think oftentimes we forget that it’s also a season of penance. While we are focusing on the joy and happiness that is the baby Jesus entering our world, we are also called to examine ourselves and evaluate where we are in our faith. Are our hearts prepared for this coming of Christ and His next coming? Are we living out our lives in a way that reflects our love of the Gospel and our faith first? Are we allowing others to see Christ in us and do we seek Him in them? Or are we like the women in the readings a few weeks ago, who are unprepared for what is to come?

I know I for one am falling short in a lot of these areas and I regularly find myself unprepared to encounter Christ. But I love that Advent provides an opportunity to take stock of and work to change these things before the joy of Christmas and also a new year. It’s almost like an opportunity to set goals and “resolutions” for your faith for the next year.

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Fall Refresh

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When I was in school, I looked at the start of a new school year almost like New Year’s Eve- a time to make new resolutions, re-define my goals and reevaluate everything I do or don’t do.

Now that I’m not in school, I find myself using a shift in seasons to help me hit the reset button. With this week being the start of fall (YAY!) and the weather starting to change, I’ve been taking time to assess where I am and where I want to be.

It’s important to be constantly reevaluating these things. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life- in the work/life balance, relationships, trying to keep up hobbies, having time for yourself, etc- that the goals we were hoping to achieve can become less tangible or become lost altogether. It’s not just a saying that time flies – I still can’t believe we’re heading into the last few months of 2017.

I’ve thrown myself into different projects the last few months without focusing on time management as much and I’ve noticed that a lot of other things have fallen to the wayside as a result. I’ve made less of an effort to make sure that I’m exercising regularly, spent less and less time in prayer and haven’t properly read a book for leisure in months.  And even though I’m starting to reach goals and small milestones in my projects, I feel tired, overwhelmed and stressed a lot of the time because I’m not giving myself “me time.”

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