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The Next 6 Months
Episode 165

June 29, 2021

We’re about to pass over another milestone in our lives. We’ve successfully completed half of 2021 and we’re stepping into our next new opportunity. What do we want to do with our lives for the next 6 months? What can we pull from the beginning of this year to finish this year with enjoyment and peace? Tune in today for ideas on how to create and design your life as a mama moving forward!

Diana Ballard

Mom Training

The Next 6 Months

Episode Transcript

The Mom Training Podcast with Diana Ballard

 

Diana:   Hey ladies, can you believe it's the end of June right now? [chuckle] Holy moly, did that year go fast, so far. We are about to cross over into the middle of the year. Starting July, we got a clean slate for the next six months.

 

  I've been really thinking about this lately, about how much I love timeframes. Now, there's so many different ways people can go about this. Some people do, New Year's resolutions. They do, you know, “We have three more months left… We have 90 days.” We have all these different things.

 

  I personally love those kinds of things because it gives me just something to work towards. It gives me something to be like, “Hey, I'm going to take this time. I'm going to really put in some focus and it’s going to be a good time.

 

  Well, we're about to hit one of those landmarks, right now, of crossing over to the middle of the year; crossing over to the next six months in the year 2021.

 

  Now, I want you to think about the last six months. There are times when we have flourished, when it's been wonderful times. Time when it’s just been the mundane of just going from day to day, or being really busy. Maybe there's been times where there's been challenging times or we know that we’ve failed. Like, “Okay, I could have done that a lot better.” But again, like giving ourselves grace, I believe in most cases, we’re doing the best that we can with the situation that we have in that very moment. So, we're not looking back and being like, you know, “Blankety, blankety-blank… You could have done that so much better.” Let's not condemn ourselves, that's not our focus.

 

  What is our focus, is looking back at the last six months, what have we accomplished? What have we learned? What are we going to do better moving forward?

 

  I'm going to share a couple of mine with you, of looking back at the last six months, and saying, “These are things that I know I did well. These are things that I literally was doing the best I could, in the moment, and things that I know that I want to change. And then next week, we'll dive into it a little bit more of one of those topics, for sure.

 

  The last six months for me was a pretty interesting experience. I was pregnant, for most of that during my… I was pregnant for all of that, I should say, very sick, my husband was gone with the military for a long time. Praise the Lord, that he is back now… Please don’t leave me for a while again, okay? I’m just going to say.

 

  But there were a lot of things - I got really sick. I mean it just, there was a lot of things that happen during that timeframe, where it gave me an opportunity to look at my life, and what I was doing. And was worth it, do I need to delegate out more? Do I need a bunch of things? Simplify my life.

 

  Those are like the main things that I learned. The actions that I took. Delegating things, I hired a couple of people to help me with things. And one of the main ones was simplifying my life which I’m going to dive into in detail next week.

 

  But figuring out some key points from the last six months is a really important thing for us to do. Now again, we can use the timeframe of, “I'm going to look at last month, and see what I did last month, that I want to change different for this month.

 

  But this is a bigger one… From January through June, what do I notice about those last six months? What do I like about it? What have I accomplished? How do I feel, moving on into the second half of 2021? And how can I make the second half of 2021, even better than the first?

 

  Maybe it was a wonderful time, maybe you had lots of ups and downs. But you’re like, “It was a good time. It was a good period of life.” But it’s always important for us to learn from our experiences, learn from the things that we've done that have not worked, has been excellent, that we feel like we're on top of. What have you learned the last six months?

 

  I want you to think about that, and try to pull out maybe even two to three lessons. Two to three thing that maybe you could say, “The next six months, I'm going to focus more on my relationship with my husband, or on my health.” Or being kinder, when I don’t get enough sleep. I mean little things like that. It can be just a small handful of things, of looking back. Because this is a way of thinking. This isn’t just like a fun thing that we're just doing right now.

 

  Being able to look back at your past actions and circumstances, and the way that things went, how you felt, is a mindset that I’m inviting you to grasp. And to start cultivating that mindset in your mind, of being able to evaluate yourself, being able to pick out the things that need to be adjusted. Because it is, it’s a about creating our life. It’s designing motherhood, right?

 

  And so, we want to be able to evaluate who we are, what we’re doing, why we’re doing something, and that’s all a mindset. Everyone can do it, but you got to practice it. So, look at the last six months. What do you love about it? And what would you change? And what lessons can you pull from it? What things are you going to implement, the next six months, just to make this a good rest of the year? How are you going to prepare? How are you going to look at things a little bit differently? Choose to respond a little bit differently.

 

  Keep it simple. Pick out a couple of things that could potentially change your life forever. Just one choice, one action at a time. And I promise you, it’s in using that mindset, using that ability to evaluate yourself on a normal basis, that’s going to create so much beauty, and flow, and love and all the good things that you’re looking for, come from your ability to do this.

 

  So, if you want to shoot me an email or social media, or over at our website, and let me know like what you’ve learned. I’d love to hear. I love stuff like this. So, I hope you can figure out and think about what you need to implement, moving forward, the next six months.

 

  And we'll see you next Tuesday on The Mom Training Podcast, where I'm going to talk about one thing that I pulled out and have already started to implement, and oh my gosh, it has changed my life. So, we'll see you next Tuesday.