HAPPY NEW YEAR, friends! Wow, what a whirlwind 2016 was. It went by so fast for us. It wasn’t the best year we’ve ever had, but it wasn’t the worst either. We were blessed in some big ways, that’s for sure.
I have such high expectations and hopes for 2017. I feel this way every year. I hope and pray that this year God can move in big ways for our family. He can move in big ways for my heart. He can move in big ways for my husbands heart. I’m just so ready for God to show us His path, and for us to be blessed by going down that path.
I’m so excited and happy with the way God has blessed us towards the end of 2016. He held our hands through a 6 month separation in our family while Shelby was doing an internship in Seattle, He held our hands while we dealt with some not-so-fun adult stuff that was beyond our control, and He held our hands and blessed me with a brand new job to start the year out with. Those are only a few things, but trust me when I say there were many more.
Looking in to 2017 I have some hopes+dreams+goals that I’d like to work towards. Sort of the direction my compass is pointing as I head in to this new year. I trust that God will guide me in the directions He would like me to go, but this will be my start. Thankful for the priorities He has laid on my heart this year. Overall GOALS
- Follow God’s heart ONLY
- Be content with being ME
- Conquer each day
- Be more creative and have more fun
- Be the wise keeper of our finances
- Honor my body & make my health a priority
- Establish a routine for myself and my family
- Foster friendships and show love to others
- Develop stronger bonds with those I love in my family
- Be a great mother to my children and wife to my husband
FOLLOW GOD’S HEART ONLY | I feel like I used to be so connected to God and could feel His direction and will over my life. Like many people do, I feel like I’ve lost that connection a little bit, and I’d like to get that back. I’d like to read some devotionals, become more involved with my church and ladies group, keep a prayer journal, and pray more. Seek more of Him, and less of this world.
BE CONTENT WITH BEING ME | I have struggled so much with this in the past. I thought as I got older that this would sort of fix itself, but it hasn’t. I’m not where I’d like to be health & weight wise, I’m not where I’d like to be education wise, I’m not where I’d like to be as far as having friendships, but that’s something I can work on this year. As I’m working on those things, I need to still love and take care of the person I am now. I put myself last in so many things, and I hide myself in so many situations. I don’t put myself out there to make friends or to do things I may enjoy, because I don’t necessarily feel comfortable in my skin. I think I have a lot to offer to others, and I need to be OK with myself right now. I can speak more on this later.. but know it’s something I’d really like to work on.
CONQUER EACH DAY | So many nights I have went to bed disappointed with my day, disappointed with all the things I didn’t do, disappointed with my actions. I’m tired of being disappointed. I’d love to lay my head on the pillow each night knowing that I gave my all that day, and knowing that I did my best to make that day a great day. Too many times I have let satan steal my joy and leave me feeling defeated at the end of the day. I’ve decided that this year I’m going to make my life a priority. A life full of goals and dreams and aspirations and fun and patience and love and friendship and family and productiveness. I’m going to go to bed each night knowing I conquered the day, and it’s going to be a great feeling.
BE MORE CREATIVE AND HAVE MORE FUN | When I was a SAHM I did so many fun and crafty things. I miss those days. I feel like the time I have at the end of the day is so teeny tiny, and I have things that I have to get done that fills up that time. Hopefully, as I reign in my priorities this year, I can make some time for fun. I need to remind myself it’s OK to make a mess sometimes. I hope to do more fun and creative things with the kids, which makes some really great memories. I need to let loose! Enjoy life! Have fun! I used to love painting and designing and photography. I would love to get back in to those things this year!
BE THE WISE KEEPER OF OUR FINANCES | I have an amazing friend who’s so smart with finances and money management. She gifted me a Dave Ramsey book, and I have learned so many wonderful things!! Shelby and I sat down towards the end of last year and mapped out a great financial plan for our family this year. Hopefully sometime soon I can go in to more detail, but it’s a nice feeling to know we have a plan. I pray that I can be the wise keeper of that plan. I know there will be times I’m tempted to stray from it, or I will have to be the “bad guy” about it, but I know it’s going to be for the best! I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish financially for our family this year!
HONOR MY BODY AND MAKE MY HEALTH A PRIORITY | Last year I made the decision to finally start taking care of my weight. I was so successful with that, and I’m really looking forward to continuing that this year. I may even reach my goal this year! I’m not putting lots of pressure on myself for a timeline because I usually fail when I do that. So, I’m giving myself all year to do the very best that I can. More than weight, I’m hoping to work on my mind and other areas of my body that need tending to. I’m so tired of letting years pass by and I’m not doing anything to improve myself.
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY | Anyone who knows me well knows I run on routine. While Shelby was in Seattle the kids and I had a rock solid routine. We had to or everything would have fallen apart! Once Shelby came home our routine fell away. It’s not his fault, but I think that life changed and we lost our grasp on it. I’ve felt all over the place! The kids need a routine so they know what needs to be done, and I need a routine to see that I can get it all done. We all know our part and we are all working together to make sure things happen smoothly.
FOSTER FRIENDSHIPS AND SHOW LOVE TO OTHERS | This is something that’s been on my heart for a couple years, and I’m going to continue this in 2017. I enjoy doing things for others, and showing others that I care. I’m excited about the opportunity to show love to my friends back home and across the US. I also have the need / desire for some friends to do life with HERE. Our family has the bad habit of being hermits and staying in our little bubble. I see others who have friends and have someone to do things with and share life with and I don’t have the here so much in MS. I’m praying that God can send me some amazing friends this year!
DEVELOP STRONGER BONDS WITH THOSE I LOVE IN MY FAMILY | Life gets so busy here and I don’t always do my part to be present with my family back home. If I’m going to be a good friend to others, I also need to be a good friend to my family.
BE A GREAT MOTHER TO MY CHILDREN AND WIFE TO MY HUSBAND | My kids are the best thing in this world, and they love me unconditionally even when I feel like I’m not the best mother. I want them to be able to look back to their childhood and be thankful they had such a great mother. I have so many great memories of my mom, and I want my kids to have the same. I need to be more present with my kids and get down on the floor and play with my kids. I am so thankful I have the opportunity to make myself better this new year! The same concept goes for my husband. He and I need to be a great team, and we also need to enjoy life together. We get so tied up in school and work and responsibilities, that our relationship is what suffers first. We are in a great place, I don’t want to send out any confusing signals, but this new year I’d like for us to build on top of what we already have.
SIMPLIFY | If there is a theme for 2017, I’d like to think it’s simplify. I want to clean out the clutter, reduce the noise and distractions, and focus on what matters the most for myself and for my family. I’m praying that God can strip all the negative and unnecessary away and show me what’s most important and help me to cherish those things and live our life with those things in mind. I also need to let go of people who aren’t making me a better person. I need to focus on myself and let those people fade away.
I am so thankful for this blog and the friends I’ve made through it. These are people I have known for YEARS now! What a blessing! I can’t wait to use this space more in 2017. I’d love to know about your goals too!