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Operation Take Control: My Journey to Maturity (pt. 1)

MARCH 22, 2015

Today I woke up at 6am, packed my bags, and began a journey.

The beginning of a longggg e-book.
The beginning of a longggg e-book.

To start the process, I texted a good friend my road map. It was a very long text, with seven chapters and a Preface. To send, the phone broke it into 39 texts. (Yeah, I’m that friend.) My dad said an email would be a nice idea next time.

To not jump around the bush, I have been very immature regarding my health and time-management. Even though I have had past health troubles like my hair falling out, cold sores, and exhaustion, I have refused to do what I know is good for me. I mean, I still don’t take my vitamins unless my mom tells me to . . .

Through a rather long and unimportant chain of events, I realized that I am acting like a child.

How many Americans are children in adult bodies? Why do we still have to be told what’s good for us? Why do we let circumstances, situations, and other people manage us instead of managing ourselves?

The Kathryn Joy
My friends are very gracious…

My bad habits, lack of control, and lethargy in this area of health and time have been managing me. I have been often tired, overwhelmed, and not fully optimized to be my best. I have been chained and controlled by my bad habits.

I’m taking back control.

I’m taking the time to look critically at issues I have grown used to or let slip under the rug. 

It’s a journey, and I’m not aiming for perfection. I AM aiming to manage my life the way I feel God would have me steward my temple, my thoughts, and my time. 

Life is one big pile of spaghetti, folks. It’s all connected. If we don’t sleep  we are sluggish and more susceptible to overwhelm. When we’re exhausted and overwhelmed we have less will-power, fewer critical thinking skills, and a lessoned ability to bless others.


Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 11.00.07 AMFeel free to join me on my journey by reading along in my life journal.

You know how pastors preach a series of messages? That’s what I’m going to be doing over here–a life series on reclaiming the abundant life God has for each of us. (Your journey will be different, and I encourage you to start your own story!) 

You can be my accountability. Or, better yet, start your own journal! Begin a 90-day challenge!

Take back your life.

I’m taking back mine.

The Kathryn Joy  

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