A new year, a new page, a fresh start. I’m not normally a fan of change, in fact I tend to avoid it at all costs. But starting anew in an attempt to better yourself is something I am a fan of. While many people probably roll their eyes at new years resolutions (because, lets face it, a lot of these goals end up being forgotten or put aside a few months into it), I LOVE dreaming up new goals, creating new vision, and focusing on how I can grow in the year to come. If I fail to “complete” or live up to my goals in the past, start again. Always start again!
Practicality is very important when it comes to implementing these new goals into our lives. We can have the right motive in wanting to change and do better, but if it isn’t actually put on the calendar, that’s where we fail. My husband and I were just discussing this very thing the other night. Our lives are so busy morning til night that if we don’t actually pencil in when we will make something happen (or mentally decide if you don’t do the calendar thing 😉 ), it typically doesn’t get done. I’ve heard this is one of the most important tools in becoming a successful person. Those that you may look at and wonder “how do they do it all?” – this one thing is pertinent for them.
So what are my goals? I have a few things that have been lingering in my mind for a while. A few of them are similar to last years goals (again, start again if you fail…) and a few of them are new.
Read more! I’m a fan of self help books. I’m not the biggest fan of reading, so if I’m going to do it, I always chose something that is going to benefit me. I never want to stop learning and growing and reading self help books will always expand our views, give us fresh ideas, and ultimately help us become the best versions of ourselves. Last year my goal was 1 book a month and I think I was stretching it with that goal 😉 Some people might be able to whiz through books in a month (or less), but I have too much going on in my current state of life to make that kind of goal. I’m going to shoot for 1 book every 2-3 months. I also want to be more diligent about reading the Bible/doing my devotions so I know that will take up some time.
Be more present! With the busyness of our lives, I need to intentionally be more present. It’s so much easier said than done, but this is an area I know that I need improvement in. With my job revolving around my phone/computer, I can get caught up in always having it with me (aka- looking at it). In this day and time, I feel like this might be a struggle for a lot of people. With technology basically running our world these days, it is up to us whether or not we allow it to run our lives. Putting the phone down can be hard (so dumb, but it’s so true for me), but it’s vital in allowing these other areas of my life to flourish.
Be me, fearlessly! I have touched on this before but one of the biggest things I have learned through my blogging journey is to fearlessly be me. I’ve learned a lot about my strengths, weaknesses, and who I really am at the core. I’ve learned to do things and say things I would normally be afraid to do. I’ve learned to embrace who I am even if it doesn’t “work” for others. I wouldn’t necessarily say I am a people pleaser at heart, but I 100% care what others think about me, and it’s been a battle to overcome the naysayers and the negative side that comes with blogging. I have grown so much in this area and I think it’s something I need to continue to grow in. The more we can authentically be ourselves, the more people will actually love you! (contrary to what we may think). Be you and do you for you. I promise you’ll be happier in the end!
Others first! I was raised by amazing parents and had a very easy, normal upbringing. However one thing I always go back to is that I was very spoiled. I got everything I ever wanted as a child and probably negotiated getting my way half of the time (type A problems 😉 ) I don’t blame my parents for this, but it’s something I grew to notice over time. It’s only been in the last 4-5 years that I’ve come to understand the importance of thinking of others first and giving to those in need. It fulfills a part of your life you never knew you needed and ultimately brings more joy to your life rather than those you are blessing. This past Thanksgiving we did something a little bit different as a family and helped feed/serve women/children in need including a few homeless people. All of our kids played together and my kids even gathered the remainder of their Halloween candy to pass out to them. It was a simple gesture with such a big meaning. My mama heart was beaming with joy! These are the things I want to hold onto and remember. These are the moments that are worth far more than the everyday routine. I want to live out more of a selfless life and be that type of example for my kids.
I’m sure there are more goals I could jot down, but these are the big ones for me!
What are your goals for this year?? Comment below- I want to hear!
Love you friends XO