I cannot believe it’s time to write this post!!! And lucky you, you’re getting 2 posts in 1 week 😉 I’m so excited about the goals I’ve been working on setting and grateful to share them here with you!
This is my second year using my beloved PowerSheets and it’s even better this time around. The prep doesn’t get any easier, but uncovering and cultivating goals that truly matter are worth it.
This is my version of New Year’s Resolutions. But it’s more like New Year’s Revelations. Resolutions fall apart by week 2 and I aint about that. I commit to the intentions I’ve revealed through my prep work. Here are my 2018 goals for my year of FLOURISHING!
Goal 1: Know God better and more deeply
Why? I want to be in a closer relationship with Him to grow my faith and help encourage the growth of others. I want to be in alignment with His plans and purpose.
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: It will make me stronger, more loving, generous, and forgiving to others.
Starting steps: Download the Bible app and find a good year long reading plan. Pray without ceasing. Plan small group launch with Kelly.
Encouraging words: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path…” (Psalm 119:105).
Goal 2: Strong marriage
Why? I want Eric and I to continue strengthening our marriage so we can work on having forever together. We have made a commitment to one another.
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: It will make me a better wife and be an example to others.
Starting steps: Birthday date. Sit down meetings to go over budget and our schedules. Weekly check in.
Encouraging words: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:9)
Goal 3: Mind and Body Wellness
Why? I want to be a good steward of what I’ve been graciously given!
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: I can show up as my best and healthiest self! <3
Starting steps: Gather information for Whole30. Make a list of books to read. Use oils consistently.
Encouraging words: You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first!
Goal 4: Financial Peace
Why? I don’t want to stress about money or live paycheck to paycheck.
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: This will help create a legacy of abundance and allow us to be extremely generous!
Starting steps: Monthly budget with Eric. Contentment Challenge. Save $10,000 ($4,000 to go!)
Encouraging words: “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.” (Proverbs 11:28)
Goal 5: Blog Growth
Why? I enjoy writing and want to use that gift to encourage and inspire others.
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: It helps me become a better communicator and cultivate a community.
Starting steps: Plan upcoming content. Write upcoming posts. Purchase WordPress plan/get domain name.
Encouraging words: We rise by lifting others! You can do hard things.
Goal 6: Simplify
Why? I want to create space in my world for the things that matter most.
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: I will be less stressed and more focused on the good stuff.
Starting steps: Read A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. Declutter room by room. Leave white space in my planner.
Encouraging words: “When we pare down life to its simpliest parts, we’re left with room to enjoy each other, to rest, and to truly savor life…” (Emily Ley, A Simplified Life)
Goal 7: Use my time well
Why? I want to use my precious time in ways that grow me — not waste it.
The positive effect taking action on this goal may have on my life and others: I’ll be more present and less frazzled because I’m not rushing or forgetting anything.
Starting steps: Download Moment app. Utilize planner. Keep phone out of bedroom.
Encouraging words: Time is non-refundable. Use it with intention.
Now of course, that isn’t the end. It’s important to write down goals (trust me, you’re MUCH more likely to stick with them and achieve them when they’re actually written down somewhere you will see often), but it’s also crucial to break them into actionable pieces to tend daily/weekly/monthly. My January Tending List was created to support progress towards my 7 Big Goals.
- Celebrate 26th birthday
- Plan & prepare for small group
- Small Group launch!
- Planning meeting with Eric (budget/schedule)
- Gather Whole30 information
- List of 10 books to read in 2018
- Add $4,000 to our savings
- Plan upcoming blog content
- Read A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
- Love check in with Eric
- Unplugged date with Eric
- Learn about & use essential oils
- Blog post
- Increase IG followers
- Plan week ahead in Simplified Planner
- Read/pray through the Bible
- Active body
- No phone in bedroom
- Get fully ready
If you’ve been following along with my Intentional Living, a lot of these goals may look familiar. I’m still working on cultivating habits I wanted to create in 2017, but for whatever reason there’s still growth to experience. At first I felt weird about that. Like I didn’t actually do much last year. But that’s not true and it’s totally okay! I want to go deeper with those “old goals” and truly create the lifestyle I love.
It’s been so amazing to have this refresh of intentions! I was able to shuffle, delete, and add wonderful things to my PowerSheets and further hone in on what’s important to me. Just like you, I don’t exactly know what I’m doing — just taking it a day at a time, doing my best, and praying many prayers along the way!
What intentions do you have for this year!? I’d love to cheer you on!