I heard it over and over when I was growing up when I was going through elementary, then high school, and playing college basketball, then getting married and having kids, all of those seasons point to the echoes of “enjoy this moment, it goes so fast.” When I was in the moment of being a junior in high school, I remember feeling like it was taking a lifetime just to get to Christmas break. Or getting to my last week of college, the days went slow, but I finally started to sense the years going fast.
Now in my 30s, I’m becoming that person. The person who tries to get into the psyche of every young person, “Enjoy this moment, it goes so fast . . . The older I get the faster it goes.” Sometimes, it’s greeted with a blank stare or partial eye roll. It’s one of those things in life that you don’t personally grasp the concept of until one day you realize the truth in it. We don’t know what we don’t know . . . until we know it.
As we stare another year’s end in the face with just over 60 days to go, I’ve been challenged not to wait until the new year to be intentional but to get started now. Part of that intentionality for me is to make this season memorable. What can you be intentional about to finish the year strong? I want to finish this year strong with specific goals in my physical well being, financial peace and spiritual strength for sure. And, I also want to end this year strong by investing into my family and relationships.
Here are some ideas to get intentional and make it memorable this holiday season:
Go somewhere you don’t go often.
Earlier this month, we took our two boys to a small farm about 30 minutes away from where we live. We have only been there once before with our oldest, so it felt like a brand new adventure to our whole crew. Even though it rained nearly the entire time we were there (ok . . . the entire time), we came prepared with our rain gear and extra clothes and shoes to change into once our adventure was completed. The memories we made in just that one fall afternoon were worth it! If you don’t have kids yet, grab some friends and go on an adventure!
Make something you’ve never made before.
I have to confess. I’m not really a baker or chef. I can be craft-oriented when I want to (I used to scrapbook EVERYTHING), but it’s just not on the top of my to-do list usually. So, this one will be a challenge for me. However, when I take the time to find a recipe or a project that I think would be fun to do with our boys, they always enjoy it. This week, we’re making Rice Krispies treats (don’t judge, I’ve never made them with my boys before 😬). Do you have any favorites you think we should try?
Do something you always do.
As much fun as it can be to try something new, there’s also something memorable about traditions. I grew up with our Christmas decorations and tree up by November 1st, and that is a tradition that Ryan and I have carried into our family unit. We love spending time as a family with the twinkle of Christmas lights in the background, and watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas music over and over. My goal is by the end of December we are so sick of Christmas everything that we HAVE to switch back to non-Christmas anything. Starting the celebration of Christmas early is something we always do, and it is creating memories.
Learn something worth learning.
What if you decided for yourself (or as a family) to memorize one or two Bible verses before the end of the year? We offer scriptures for our Church Kids to learn in our different age group experiences at Champions Centre, so maybe you can memorize those ones together. Whether you have kids or not, maybe start with a verse that really speaks to you. Learn it on your own, with your family, or with a group of friends.
What are some ways you can be intentional this year to make it memorable with your friends and family? Whatever you do, don’t forget to enjoy the moment while you’re creating the memories.
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