I think as single women that we can get so caught up in the dream of having our own fairy tale and the desire for marriage that we forget that we have a wonderful opportunity right now in our single years to serve the Lord and others in ways that married women are not able. I think that we need to celebrate that so I’m sending a challenge your way. Make this year a year of living abundantly single.
Living an abundant life whether single or married takes intention. Christ wants us to live abundantly and on Monday I shared 4 ways to live abundantly. Today I want to focus more on the third way that I listed “define what it means for you to live abundantly.”
I want you to take a moment and think about what your perfect day would look like based on where you are in your life right now. What roles are playing right now? Daughter, sister, aunt, caregiver, and blogger are just a few that I have right now, but yours are going to be slightly different. Maybe you’re a student or an employee or a business owner. What does your day look like when you include those roles? Pull out your journal and write it down.
What do you value? What is important to you? Do you want to travel? Go overseas as a short-term missionary. Are you creative? Learn a new art technique or write a book. Like working with youth? Volunteer at church or become a Big Sister. Do you want to date or take a year off dating?
What are you afraid of? What makes you uncomfortable? Face those fears. Get out of your comfort zone.
Are you still at a loss for ideas? Here a few for each month:
- Create a personal mission statement
- Plan a mini-vacation
- Make a list of all the places that you’ve been meaning to visit.
- Celebrate Valentine’s Day by hosting a Girls’ Night In or Out.
- Apply for a passport. Plan a trip overseas or that missions trip you’ve been wanting to do.
- Take a cooking class.
- Have an Oscar Night party.
- Plan your own March Madness game.
- Get a head start on Spring cleaning.
- Take a spring break.
- Redecorate your bedroom. Make it a personal sanctuary.
- Have an Easter egg hunt for your nieces and nephews
- File your taxes
- Get a makeover
- Spring clean your car.
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
- Invite some friends over and have your own film festival.
- Take a class online or at the local community college.
- Have a “hometown” mission trip.
- Join in a charity 5K
- Volunteer at the local homeless shelter
- Do a mid-year check in on your goals.
- Host a spa party for your friends. Arrange for manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages.
- Have a “Freedom” party. Invite some friends over for a barbecue or make plans to go to see the fireworks together.
- Explore starting a new ministry.
- Join or start a Bible study.
- Join a book club.
- Clean out your closet. Donate the clothes that you don’t want anymore, and then shop the back to school sales.
- Take your nieces and nephews to the zoo.
- Have a chocolate tasting party or a cheese tasting party.
- Plan a trip to New England to see the fall foliage.
- Go house hunting! Explore what you need to do to buy your own house.
- Start teaching a Sunday School class.
- Go trick-or-treating or host a costume party for your friends.
- Indulge in a guilty pleasure
- Plan a bonfire and hayride
- Visit a pumpkin patch with your niece and nephew
- Start your own “family” tradition
- Start your holiday shopping
- Take a drive in the country
- Do a random act of kindness every day
- Make and follow an end of the year checklist
- Plan a Christmas bash or New Year’s Eve party
- Do something silly
- Dream something new.
Spend the year celebrating your singleness and serving the Lord in new ways. Make your own calendar of things you want to do or experience this year. To help you out I have created a free printable calendar. Just print it out and fill in your plans for a year of living abundantly. Define your abundant life and then live it. Go on. In Christ’s strength you can do anything.