I am a relatively new Catholic. I just joined the church about three years ago now, primarily inspired by our current Pope, who I think is the bomb.com. Anyway, that being said, this is my third time observing Lent, and I am excited to do it! I have heard a few differing opinions on Lent and what it is supposed to be, how it is supposed to be observed, and it seems to me like there is a variety of beliefs. Here, I’ll discuss the few things I’ve heard, as well as My Observance of Lent This Year!
When I shared my plan last year, I was met with some resistance on Facebook (gotta love the keyboard warriors/evangelists!). I had a few things in mind that I wanted to ADD to my life to create new and good habits!
I was told that that was not a good observance of Lent, because I wasn’t giving something up to represent the sacrifice of Christ. I was pretty sure that the loving, forgiving, appreciative God I worshipped wasn’t up there wagging his finger at me for not doing it right, but I guess this year, I will try to cover my bases!
(Last year was about loving myself – and with a group!)
As a constant seeker of self-improvement, one way I am doing my Observance of Lent is to use my brand new Smart Life Push Journal every day for the first 30 days. You may wonder what that has to do with Lent… Well, here’s how I figure it works. People used to “give up” something for their Observance of Lent, but then people started making a good habit. The way I see it, if I add a good habit, like using this Smart Life Push Journal, I will become a better person, as well as get closer to my goals, which as I have mentioned are currently at least partially financially-based. As a friend mentioned that rang true to me – we need more of the GOOD people to have money – so we can do more GOOD things with it! Using the Smart Life Push Journal during March will help me have more money, giving more power to the good people, and giving me more chances to DONATE more of my money, as well as my time, once my career allows for me to have more freedom to do less work and more volunteering!
Additionally, I DO plan to TRY to give up ADDED sugar for Lent, but I don’t think that would start until 3/2, so a day late. There’s a potential cause for celebration on 3/1, so I don’t want to commit to that day as far as no added sugar goes, but starting 3/2, I am doing the 3-Day Refresh, and doing my best to avoid added sugar until Easter! I am going to try my best, but seek progress, not perfection, and be compassionate with myself if I mess up!
I don’t know how I didn’t blog about it last year, but I also did a SERIOUS decluttering. I thought I would try to live with less, so I ended up going through my closet and other storage places to purge some items to ThredUp, and donated even more. I remember it clearly, because I put it off until the Thursday before Easter, when I did most of this work, and piled bags in our apartment. This terrified Tommy when he got home, because my engagement ring was hidden in his desk, which he was afraid I decluttered! He proposed the next day! Anyway, this year for my Observance of Lent, I plan to do another deep cleaning and decluttering & donating – this time on an even more massive level!
Finally, I feel there really should be an actual spiritual component. For some of it, I will need to talk to Tommy, but on my own, I can commit to one thing! I have both an app and a book about Lent, and I think that spending time on that daily is a great commitment!
How about you? How will you do your Observance of Lent this year? Even if you’re not Catholic, you can join in in solidarity and better yourself! May I suggest committing to all of the Bold Moves Fearless Fridays challenges? You’d be surprised how impactful they are, as I said this past Friday! 💜
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