April Progress | May Goals 2018

April Progress | May Goals 2018

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I’m so excited about May! April was great, but May just has a different feeling to it.

As you’ll see in my Powersheets, there is a lot to celebrate this month! Plus everything is continuing to bloom and come back to life since it seems like the warm weather is actually here to stay! My Spring-loving heart is oh so happy!

One of the things I love most about my intentional goal planner is how it encourages me to reflect and dream. I can reflect on what worked well and what could use a change. This month I’m saying no to other people’s emergencies and saying yes to myself. It may seem selfish, but it’s a way to protect my time and energy. I love helping others and being a blessing, but I can’t do that if my time and energy is drained. Can you relate?

April Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Stillness + Rest: I’m getting a lot better at this! It’s not exactly one of those goals you can check off completely since it’s something to always revisit, but I feel like I made good progress here in April. I’m learning more about what being still and resting looks and feels like for me.
  • Support opening of Vida Dulce: Vida Dulce didn’t open in April as we had planned, but all preparation was underway! The shop is really Eric’s baby, so I helped however he asked me to and supported by keeping things in order at home. That’s an important task too! 😉
  • Plan April blog content: I love planning out my content for you all! It doesn’t always go according to plan — sometimes I’m inspired by something other than what I had intended, but it’s good for me to have an outline. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see here, please let me know!
  • Set up our wills: This is moving to May.
  • Decide on financial advisor: We decided on a financial advisor and I’m so excited! We found a great one through Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Providers. We’re beginning our investing young, so want to make sure we’re doing it in the smartest way possible. Having a trusted professional in our corner will help us do that!
  • Read book #4: I read Candace Cameron Bure’s newest book, Kind is the New Classy! I loved it!! I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about the book soon. I’ve enjoyed winding down my day before bed with some reading.
  • Declutter upstairs: I didn’t make as much progress here, but that’s okay. My focus shifted and this fell down the list of importance. Oh well, that happens.

Weekly Goals

  • Lift up others — be a light: I’m striving to live out 1 Thessalonians 5:11″Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Sometimes it was a kind word, a smile, a quick text, or time with a friend. I’m going to continue with this goal for May.
  • Social media free day: It wasn’t always a full day (so maybe I didn’t reach my goal?) but I was intentional about at least taking some unplugged time. Instead of making it a weekly goal, I’m going to do it as needed for the future.
  • Be early: I’ve gotten so much better with this since I made it an intention! It stresses me out to run late, but I often was. I started building more time into my getting ready process and commute time, so that’s helped a lot.
  • Blog post: Check! New blog post has been coming to you every Thursday! I’d like to work on batch writing these so I don’t feel so last minute putting them together.
  • Instagram with intention: This is one way to be a light. Posting with purpose on Instagram instead of posting “just to post” or worrying too much about what’s going to get more likes. I want my feed to be a place of real connection.

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 29/30 days
  • Outserve Eric — Achieved 25/30 days
  • Soul care — Achieved 30/30 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 19/30 days
  • Write the Word — Achieved 21/30 days

Good things are being cultivated through these daily goals. One goal I’m particularly pleased with is the second one, Outserve Eric. This was inspired by a previous discussion in our small group. We’re studying Francis and Lisa Chan’s book, You and Me Forever, and there was a point where they were talking about not just serving your spouse, but outserving them. Making it a competition of sorts.

Eric and I don’t get to see each other too often, so I struggled with how I could even serve him. By having this as a focus, I got creative and it stayed at the front of my mind. I sought out ways I could serve and bless him. This has a positive impact on our relationship. Even though we still don’t have a lot of time together, I feel connected and loved because I’m serving him and being served by him! Marriage is the best and most challenging thing I’ve experienced so far and I’m always looking for ways to develop as a Godly wife.

May Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Vida Dulce Opening
  • Celebrate Sarah Jane’s graduation
  • Budget meeting
  • Set up our wills
  • Complete Financial Plan
  • Friend date
  • Read book #5

Weekly Goals

  • Rest + Care
  • Be a light
  • Spend time wisely
  • Blog post

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan
  • Write the Word
  • Serve Eric
  • Pure Barre

It’s amazing what will grow when you give it attention. They say the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it. I believe that’s so true! If we want goodness to grow, we must water it and that starts with setting the intention! You can think about watering it all day long, but until you actually set aside the time and take the action to get the water, nothing will happen.

What do you want to grow this month? Now, what is it going to take to make that happen? ❤

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March Progress | April Goals 2018

March Progress | April Goals 2018

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Hi friend! I always feel a bit thrown off when there’s a holiday or a big trip right at the beginning of the month. Thrown off in the best way possible, of course. It’s like there’s the anticipation and excitement over the event and then once it passes you realize the new month is well under way and you’re just like whaaaa??

Well that’s been me in the beginning of April as I’m still trying to get a grip that March is over and spring is finally here. I mean like it’s officially here because the pollen is out in full force in our great state of North Carolina. My least favorite part of the season, but hey, gotta go through it, right?

I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Our day was full of friends, family, and celebration. It was jam packed and beautiful! We worshipped our risen King with friends, spent time with family, and celebrated Stella’s fourth birthday (aka gave her a big treat cookie). Perfection ❤

Now lets dig in to my Powersheets progress and what’s ahead!

March Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Health Appointments: dermatologist and eye doctor: Both went so well and were much needed. It was my first dermatologist appointment and I haven’t been to the eye doc in years so yay for health! I did have to get one mole removed on my arm, but everything else looked fine. SPF and better skin habits for the win! My eyes aren’t 20/20 anymore (adulting…), but they’re pretty close and I got some cute new glasses
  • Pack + prepare for LA: Packing is always such a hassle, but it gets easier everytime I do it. I have a post all about packing, but maybe an updated one is needed?
  • LA Trip & celebrate Eric’s birthday: We had an absolute blast in Los Angeles and we’re ready for our next trip out west! You can read all about our trip here.
  • Try/cancel Blue Apron: Mission accomplished! I actually enjoyed Blue Apron better than Hello Fresh (better meals, no shipping delays, easy instructions). It’s a service I would be open to trying again in the future, but not a need for our budget right now.
  • Read book #3: I read “It Starts with Food” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig (the creators of Whole30). It was a super interesting read and taught me a lot in regards to Whole30 and how food affects our health. I would definitely recommend it if you’re thinking about doing Whole30 and/or want to learn more about the relationship between what we eat and how we feel.
  • Plan March blog content: Done! This has been so helpful in getting blog content up and out for you! Is there anything you’d love to read?? Let me know in the comments below.
  • Upgrade blog plan: Done! I went for years with the free blog plan, so having my own domain, more flexibility in the blog theme, and more opportunities in growing my little corner of the internet is so exciting!
  • Research financial advisors in area: We utilized Dave Ramsey’s SmartVestor Pro Program which helps connect you with financial advisors in your area that are endorsed by Dave. It is a paid endorsement, but the professionals are vetted. I’ve spoken with all 5 and will actually be meeting with one we feel will be a good fit. More to come on all this financial stuff soon!
  • Be still: Still very much a work in process. I suppose I won’t ever “arrive,” but I have more progress I want to make in this area.

Weekly Goals

  • Unplugged date: We did well with this, especially since we had a few Thursdays off together. Day dates are my fave since it’s such a treat! I do feel we need to get back to being more intentional here. The unplugged part of this is still key so that we use our time together well.
  • Check in with E: This has become part of the flow in our days and weeks. Since we’ve gotten into such a good rhythm I’m removing it from my Powersheets for April. We will continue to check in as needed, definitely at the beginning of every month and I’ll add it back if we start to slip.
  • Intentional Instagram: Through my quarterly refresh prep work, I determined my social media mission statement is: I intentionally use my platform to spread light and positivity. I connect purposefully and focus on what’s most important. I shared things that were real and meaningful to me instead of just posting to post.
  • Blog post: I strive to be intentional in my blog by sharing what’s important to me. I posted weekly — I’m enjoying the writing and sharing process.
  • Be early: I did well here, but still have work to do. I get lazy sometimes and choose to snooze instead of using my time well. Time to refocus and pull this back together.

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan — Achieved 28/31 days
  • Meditate — Achieved 28/31 days
  • Pure Barre — Achieved 22/31 days
  • Soul care at night — Achieved 26/31 days

I’m very happy with the progress I made in March. These daily goals are all positive habits I want to cultivate and I think they’re going well! All are easily measurable (I completed it, yes or no) except for the last. I realized it was hard for me to judge if I had actually completed this goal for each day because “soul care” is a loose term. When I was setting goals for April I better defined this phrase. It’s an important goal to me because when I haven’t given the necessary care and attention to myself and what’s going to fill me up, I feel burnout and overwhelm. Those aren’t good places to live from, so I’m being intentional to do something different.

April Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Stillness + Rest
  • Support opening of Vida Dulce
  • Plan April blog content
  • Set up our wills
  • Decide on financial advisor
  • Read book #4
  • Declutter upstairs

Weekly Goals

  • Lift up others — be a light
  • Social media free day
  • Be early
  • Blog post
  • Instagram with intention

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan
  • Outserve Eric
  • Soul care
  • Pure Barre
  • Write the Word

You don’t have to wait for a new month or a new week to go after what you want. So many of us wait for “next Monday” to begin a new exercise program or “next month” to start working towards that goal we’ve been wanting to accomplish. No matter when you’re reading this, the time is now! His mercies are new every morning and each day is a brand new fresh start. Lets use the gift we’ve been graciously given!

What have you been wanting to accomplish? What’s one step you will take today to start moving towards it? I believe in you!

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Feb Progress | March Goals 2018

Feb Progress | March Goals 2018

February. The month of love. The short month. That awkward time where we’re eagerly waiting for spring to arrive, but still dealing with winter. Or if you’re in North Carolina, you’re pretty much in early summer mode some days with gloomy winter snapping you right back to reality.

I’m ready for warm weather and sunshine to stay. Despite the weather tease, it was a good month. I am proud of the progress I made on my goals and excited for the month ahead!

February Progress

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Monthly Goals

  • Whole30 — I completed my very first Whole30 yesterday! It was challenging, but I’m so happy I did it and stuck with it for the full 30 days. It wasn’t a perfect Whole30 by any means, but I did my absolute best and learned a lot, so that’s a win! I wrote about my meals and experience week by week if you’re interested in reading more! You can check them out here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4. My results will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
  • Complete Emergency Fund (baby step #3) — We did it! We actually completed our fully funded emergency fund on Valentine’s Day. What a wonderful gift! Our original goal was $10,000, but we bumped it up to $11,000 to be sure we were totally good for 3 months. It took sacrifice and teamwork, but let me tell ya, it feels a lot more peaceful to be prepared financially.
  • Read book #2 — Check! I finished “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. It was alright. I don’t agree with some of the principles she discussed, but it was a good book if you need help with your mindset around money.
  • Plan month’s blog content — I actually completed this before the month began. I like to plan out my blog content in my planner. It doesn’t always go according to plan, but it helps me to have a game plan so I can be thinking about content and take relevant pictures!
  • Prepare + file taxes — We like to get this done early. We filed our taxes and then realized I was missing one 1099 from a company I used to partner with. Whoops. So I guess this technically isn’t completely done, but we’ll take care of that piece early in March. The majority of the work is done and we already got our refund (which actually got us to our Emergency Fund goal!)
  • Update 401k (baby step #4) — This was quick and easy. If you follow Dave Ramsey’s baby steps, you’ll know step 4 is to put 15% of your income into retirement. This was simple for me to do through ADP’s website, so it’s all set. We’re doing this a little differently with Eric’s income since we also want to invest in businesses (Mi Cancun and the brand new ice cream shop coming soon, Vida Dulce).
  • Health appointments — Both went well. I need to do followup blood work for my endocrinologist because my thyroid levels came back a bit wonky, but my doctor isn’t too worried. May just need a dosage adjustment, but otherwise all good! Even though we’re busy and it can be a pain to schedule, it’s so important to stay up to date with health appointments. Take care of yourself!
  • Be still + quiet — I’m definitely still working on this which is why I didn’t completely fill in the progress bar. This is also a goal that isn’t really ever “done.” I also have something taking my attention: social media, Netflix, YouTube videos, etc. I’m working on being intentionally still and quiet so that I can settle my mind and talk with the Lord. I can’t hear Him when I’m constantly listening to other things.

Weekly Goals

  • Check in meeting with Eric — These are still going well. It’s been very helpful for us to set aside just 10 minutes on Sunday to go over our budget and schedule for the upcoming week. It allows us to make sure we’re on track and update each other on any changes. Communication is key!
  • Unplugged date — We usually do this on Sunday since Eric doesn’t work (for now) and our nights are generally free. Sometimes this date is going out and sometimes it’s just a night at home playing card games. No matter what we’re doing, the unplugged part is crucial. We put our phones down and just enjoy being together.
  • Intentional Instagram — It was stressing me out to have a goal related to the number of followers I have. Yes, I want my account to grow. But more importantly, I want to share and connect intentionally. I want to use my platform to encourage, uplift, and educate. Plus the follow/unfollow games are just too much for me. Once I stopped focusing on the number and started focusing on sharing my heart, my followers grew. Funny how that works!
  • Blog post — Weekly blog posts went up! This is another area where I want to intentionally share. I love sharing my Whole30 journey and it seemed like you really enjoyed reading about it! Words are so powerful and I’m so grateful to have a place where I can share the words on my mind. I pray that this continues to be a place where you find value. Where you can be inspired and flourish ❤
  • Small Group — I’m absolutely loving our small group! It’s going even better than I could have imagined. God has brought together such a wonderful group of people. We’re building bonds, learning from each other, and lifting each other up. I’m blessed to be a part of it!
  • Get ready fully — It made me feel silly to even have this as a goal, but I gotta be real. As I’ve mentioned before, my getting ready was seeming slack. I want to put my best foot forward each day and I think that starts with the effort I put into my appearance. That may sound shallow, but don’t we always feel better when we’re put together? This doesn’t mean fancy, but putting in the effort. It’s made a difference!
  • Utilize essential oils — This babies are wonderful! I have 4 rollers made for different circumstances and I’m diffusing something pretty much every day (my fave right now is Stress Away + Lavender). I started using a natural skincare by Lola Jane and they use essential oils in their products. Our skin is our biggest organ, so everything we put on top of it gets absorbed into our bodies. I want what’s going on my skin to be natural and non-toxic. Essential oils to the rescue!

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan — Achieved 27/28 days
  • Meditate — Achieved 26/28 days
  • Active body — Achieved 27/28 days
  • No phone – bedroom — Achieved 27/28 days

Not to toot my own horn, but I crushed my daily goals this month! I wasn’t perfect in any of them, but that’s okay. I made major progress and these goals are becoming habits in my day. Focusing on the most important things has helped me to make sure I’m accomplishing what makes me feel my best and moves me forward. I’m my best self when my mind, body, and spirit are nurtured.

March Goals

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Monthly Goals

  • Health Appointments: dermatologist and eye doctor
  • Pack + prepare for LA
  • LA Trip & celebrate Eric’s birthday
  • Try/cancel Blue Apron
  • Read book #3
  • Plan March blog content
  • Upgrade blog plan
  • Research financial advisors in area
  • Be still.

Weekly Goals

  • Unplugged date
  • Check in with E
  • Intentional Instagram
  • Blog post
  • Be early

Daily Goals

  • Bible Plan
  • Meditate
  • Pure Barre
  • Soul care at night

You don’t have to have a ton of goals to do great things. You just have to identify what’s most important and make it happen!

What is one thing you can strive to do each day that will have the biggest impact? Maybe you have a few things in mind, awesome! Write whatever it is down and put a check beside it each day you accomplish it. Your little by little progress adds up! Remember, good things grow over time. New habits can be hard to develop, but stick with it. You can do it! I’m cheering you on, friend.

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January Progress & February Goals 2018

January Progress & February Goals 2018

Raise your hand if January felt like the longest month *raises both hands*

It was one of those funky months for me where it felt incredibly long and short at the same time. You know what I mean? New Years Eve celebrations seem like forever ago, but it’s also crazy that 1/12 of 2018 is complete. Time flies!

We had the holiday season that just felt like a black hole of time (what day is it? where am I? what do I need to do?) And then we were thrown into the new year and expected to have it all together. Well, no worries. None of us have it all together. Nobody is perfect, but we can set intentions and do our best. So what happened in January??

January Progress

Monthly Goals

  • Celebrate 26th birthday — We celebrated and it was so much fun! I’m so grateful for another year and for being able to celebrate with friends and family. 26 is gonna be a good one!
  • Plan & prepare for small group — Check! Kelly and I worked hard planning and preparing for our small group launch. It was a fun and challenging process, but was so wonderful with a friend by my side.
  • Small Group launch! — This went so well!! I’m thrilled about the amazing couples that were able to join us for our launch meeting and for the couples that will join us in the future. God has big plans for this group! We are building a community for young married couples (and soon to be married couples!) that is so needed in our area.
  • Planning meeting with Eric (budget/schedule) — This was a monthly goal that we realized needed to be a weekly goal. So much can change day to day, so we decided to make Sunday our meeting day to go over any budget and schedule items. It’s been helpful to keep each other on the same page.
  • Gather Whole30 information — Done. I was overwhelmed to think about starting the Whole30, but the more I gathered and understood, the less intimidating it became. I also followed some Whole30 accounts and found other helpful resources to assist and inspire me.
  • List of 10 books to read in 2018 — Check! My list of 10 are: A Simplified Life by Emily Ley, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell, The Blessed Life by Robert Morris, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero, Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, Successful Women Think Differently by Valorie Burton, and Can I have and do it all please? by Christine Caine. “You will be the same person in 5 years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
  • Add $4,000 to our savings — We didn’t hit $4,000 (which really was a stretch goal to begin with), but we did add $2,000 to our savings. Progress yall! While it bummed me out to miss our goal, I’m happy we took steps in the right direction and have a plan for February.
  • Plan upcoming blog content — Done! I love writing and sharing blog content and it’s super helpful for me to know ahead of time what I’ll be sharing so I can be sure to have a good mix of content and have whatever I need ready (images, IG post to share, etc). It also cuts out on that time of “ummm what do I post??” which leads to more focused time and fun in the process.
  • Read A Simplified Life by Emily Ley — Check. This book was SO good! I could barely put it down. I love Emily Ley’s style and her outlook on life. This book was just as beautiful as it was practical. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, overcluttered, overworked grab this book and utilize the tips that work for you. It doesn’t have to feel that way, friend.

Weekly Goals

  • Love check in with Eric — Every week I like to ask 2 questions that I got from someone else (wish I remembered who… I’m sorry)! #1- how did I love you well this past week? #2- how can I love you better this week? It’s a bit cheesy and I felt weird asking at first, but it’s a really great way to open up the conversation to see where I’m doing well in our marriage and where I can improve. We aren’t mind readers, so we need to ask the questions to help our relationship flourish.
  • Unplugged date with Eric — I love doing this! I crossed out week 5 since it was only 3 days, but it was a fun thing to do. I think the unplugged part is important. How many times are you together with someone, but both of you are off in your different words because your phones are in between? I’m certainly guilty, so I have to be intentional. We’re trying to save money, so these dates were at home cooking dinner together, playing card games, doing a puzzle, or a dinner out with coupons. You don’t have to spend a lot of money (or any money a lot of the time!) to enjoy quality time together.
  • Learn about & use essential oils — This has been a new world for me and I’m enjoying it! I’m learning more about when to use different oils, what diffuser/roller combos I like, and how to incorporate them more into my daily life. I’m working on transitioning our products to non-toxic, so it’s helpful to have these powerful, but healthy oils.
  • Blog post — I had a lot to share in January and I loved it! Thank you to those of you that read my posts, I really appreciate your support! I will continue to post on Wednesdays + any additional days as needed 🙂
  • Increase IG followers — This was a tricky one to track since I wasn’t always good about looking at the number each week. I also realized I don’t want just an increase in followers, but I’d rather have people that genuinely enjoy my posts and follow for that reason. I don’t use any “bots” or pay services because I want an authentic platform, so the growth may be slower, but it’ll be steady and true. It’s not all about that number next to your handle.
  • Plan week ahead in Simplified Planner — I’m loving my planner and it’s been super helpful to keep me organized as I wrote about in my January Favorites post. At the beginning of the week I add in anything I already know ahead of time: meetings, appointments, which community I’m working in, Pure Barre classes, etc. Then I’ll add for each day as I go or as things come up. It’s been working well for me!

Daily Goals

  • Read/pray through the Bible — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Active body — Achieved 29/31 days
  • Meditate — Achieved 30/31 days
  • No phone in bedroom — Achieved 28/31 days
  • Get fully ready — Achieved 27/31 days

I’m proud of myself for sticking to these daily goals! They weren’t especially challenging, but they were meaningful to me and I had to push myself a bit harder to make sure my day encompassed these items.

I’ve been doing the Bible in One Year plan on the Bible app – it has a feature where it’ll read the devotion and the verses to you, so I usually do that while I’m waking up and getting ready. It’s helpful to be able to hear it and read along. I was doing at home workouts and recently I’ve gotten back into Pure Barre classes, which I’m loving! Meditation with my Simple Habit app is wonderful! I went ahead and purchased the year membership and it’s nice to have access to so many 5 minute meditations. Getting fully ready may sound like a strange goal, but I had gotten pretty lazy when it came to getting ready, so it’s a habit I’m trying to change. I feel good when I look good!

No phone in the bedroom deserves it’s own post, so that’ll be coming soon 😉

February Goals

Monthly Goals

  • Whole30
  • Complete Emergency Fund (baby step #3)
  • Read book #2
  • Plan month’s blog content
  • Prepare + file taxes
  • Update 401k (baby step #4)
  • Health appointments
  • Be still + quiet

Weekly Goals

  • Check in meeting with Eric
  • Unplugged date
  • Intentional Instagram
  • Blog post
  • Small Group
  • Get ready fully
  • Utilize essential oils

Daily Goals

  • Bible plan
  • Meditate
  • Active body
  • No phone – bedroom

I’m excited for this month of love. And it’s a short month. And we’re that much closer to spring! Bring it on!! Have you made progress on any of your New Year Intentions? If not, it’s never too late to work on it. Don’t give up! If yes, keep going! Either way, I’m proud of you and know you’re capable of amazing things!

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2018 Word of the Year

2018 Word of the Year

To be completely honest, I’ve been putting off writing this post. I’m super excited about the new year and the word I’ve chosen to focus on in 2018 — why am I procrastinating!?

I really don’t know.

Maybe it’s the lack of motivation after being sick for weeks (yuck – finally feeling almost all the way normal). Maybe it’s the fear of really putting this word out there. Maybe it’s all the other blog post ideas I have bouncing around in my head and I’m not sure where to start. Maybe it’s that I don’t have the perfect words to share with you.

Any or all of those excuses may be “true”. But here we go anyways!

Friend, let that be an encouragement to you. If you’re lacking motivation. If you’re feeling some fear or hesitation. If you’re just not sure where or how to get started. You’re not alone. Begin right now. With what you have. Remember, you have plenty.

What is a Word of the Year (WOY)?

It’s exactly what it sounds like: a word of the year! Simply, this is a word (or even multiple words or a phrase) that you want to hold on to for the year.

It might be an overarching idea of what you want to develop (strength, patience, community, contentment, etc). It might be a description of what you want for your year (adventure, fun, abundance, joy, etc). The beauty (and also the challenge) is there are no rules. Choose a word (or multiple words) that speak to you.

How do you choose your WOY?

This is going to be different for every person.

Some people know it immediately. Some people have to talk about it, pray about it, wait and listen on it. Again, there’s no right or wrong way here.

Imagine what you want for this year and start brainstorming. Jot down any word that sparks something. The dictionary and thesaurus may also be helpful here! Take a look at your list — is there any one word that stands out amongst the others? If not, don’t stress it. There’s no deadline either. This is your word, so it’s whatever you want it to be! It even has flexibility to change if the chosen word falls out of alignment. No pressure!

In 2017, my WOY was Become. At the time I was struggling with choosing a word. I had some good ideas, but there wasn’t one that was sticking out to me. During my quiet time I was reading my Bible passage for the day and journaling when the word Become stuck out like it was written in lights. You can read more about my 2017 WOY here.

My 2018 WOY didn’t require any brainstorming. There was a word that kept showing up and it sums up perfectly what I want for myself and my year. Any guesses about what that word could be!?

My 2018 Word of the Year is…

flour·ish

  1. : to grow luxuriantly : thrive 
  2. a : to achieve success : prosper
    b : to be in a state of activity or production
    c : to reach a height of development or influence 
  3. : to make bold and sweeping gestures

Webster’s definition is spot on for what I want this year. I want to thrive and prosper. I want to be active and productive. I want to be of influence. I want to be bold in my gestures and my life.

And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand. -Genesis 39:3

I want our marriage to flourish.

I want my faith to flourish.

I want my health to flourish.

I want my community to flourish.

I want our finances to flourish.

I want my career to flourish.

I want this blog to flourish.

Every area of my life has the opportunity to flourish this year if I stay focused and intentional. That’s powerful! I will be obedient to the Lord and trust how He’s guiding me. My goals could completely shift and transform and that’s okay. Sometimes that’s what it takes to flourish. I don’t know how the path will be laid out, but all I have to do is take the next right step. I’m expectant of the goodness!

There’s nothing magical about January 1st, yall. If you haven’t set your intentions for the year (aka your goals, I don’t care much for resolutions) or your Word of the Year, go for it now!

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? Success is not an accident. Unfortunately, you won’t stumble into the life you want. It must be created through your intentions and actions.

What’s your WOY?! Leave it in the comments below and lets inspire each other ❤

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2018 Intentions + January Goals

2018 Intentions + January Goals

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.

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Cultivating good goals means you’re cultivating what matters most.

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! ❤

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.

January Goals

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Monthly 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

Weekly Goals

  • 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

Daily Goals

  • Read/pray through the Bible
  • Active body
  • Meditate
  • 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! 

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December Progress & 2017 Review

December Progress & 2017 Review

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Happy New Year, friends!!! I hope you were able to reflect on 2017 and celebrate the start of a fresh year! What an exciting time.

I have big, new goals that I’m eager to share with you, but first we need to wrap up 2017. I’m not usually the one that does a lot of reflecting when it comes to the end of a year, but my PowerSheets did encourage me to look back on 2017’s highlights, identify what did and didn’t work, and dream about what I’m excited for ahead.

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I wasn’t exactly looking forward to those pages and prompts (mostly because I was sick and feeling bleh), but I’m so glad I took the time to look back before I too far looked ahead. This certainly wasn’t everything (I just realized I left out our wonderful Dominican Republic trip whoops) but so many celebrations, weddings, accomplishments, milestones.

It was so sweet to reflect on the year and all the goodness that happened. It may already be January, but I encourage you to do this Highlights exercise if you haven’t already ❤

Despite the fun, crazy, wonderful holiday season, I did make great progress on my goals!

December Progress

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Monthly Goals

  • Enjoy & celebrate Christmas season — The Christmas season is my favorite and I think it just gets sweeter every year!! Eric and I spent great time with both of our families, exchanged gifts, served at our church for the Christmas Eve service, and just enjoyed the time. Thanks to Netflix, I watched a ton of Christmas movies, drank hot chocolate, and cuddled up many nights with Stella while Eric was working hard. Christmas is a beautiful gift of a much needed Savior. I’m grateful I was able to celebrate the season with people I love.
  • Small group prep — We’re not completely done here, but that’s okay! The launch of our small group is quickly approaching (yay!!), but there’s still some planning work Kelly and I have to do, so that’s on task for this Friday. Still so excited about this new community and can’t wait to see what comes from it.
  • Research products to replace with healthier options — I got a list started, but there’s still more research I want to do of which specific non-toxic/healthy products I want to try. I’m going to replace items as we need them, so that will be a process, but I want to be prepared for when that time comes. This is a major focus for my 2018 goals, so it will not be forgotten.
  • Dentist appointment – good report — Check! I greatly dislike the dentist, but I did find a new one in our town that I like, so that’s an accomplishment! No cavities, but of course I need to floss more/better (do they ever not say that!?)
  • Increase savings by $3,000 — We made progress, but didn’t hit our goal. We added $2,000 to our savings account, which is still really awesome. Progress is progress! Eric was gone for a week to Mexico at the beginning of December and that threw us off a bit, plus some extra Christmas spending. We’re on it again for January!
  • Finish reading Total Money Makeover — Done! We read this together out loud at night in bed whenever we could. It was fun to go through together and be able to learn the concepts at the same time. We’re working through our baby step 3!
  • Complete post licensing class — This is finished and it feels SOOOO good!!! Those 90 hours of classes are behind me and I’m a full real estate broker. Amen! God is good!

Weekly Goals

  • Love & serve Eric well — This looked different in December than it did say 6 months ago. I was super busy with class 3 nights a week plus Eric was gone for the first week in December. Sometimes love and serving each other just means taking care of the dog to let the other sleep or going upstairs so the other can nap on the couch in peace (notice how sleep is our love language?? ;)) We will always be growing in this area, but it’s important to communicate and learn what the other person needs.
  • Connect intentionally — Friend dates, random texts, and phone calls. It doesn’t take a lot to connect intentionally, it just takes some thought and action. We have our phones in our hands all the time. Take a moment to reach out to a friend you’ve been thinking about, reach out to make plans with someone you haven’t seen in a while, call your momma. A little thought and love goes a long way!
  • Rest + relax — I’m getting much better about this! It’s honestly taking some time to rework my thinking about resting. I can feel guilty when I rest and relax because it feels like I should be doing something else. But that’s not true. Rest and relaxation are crucial. I cozied up and watched Christmas movies with Stella. Me and my sister got our nails done. I was forced to rest (or at least as best as I could) at the end of December due to a bad sinus infection sickness. The rest was worth it because I’m almost back to normal!
  • Blog post — I have a goal to post weekly and that was accomplished! I love writing and I love using this platform to connect and inspire, so it’s a treat. I’m excited to continue growing the blog and providing content for you! What would you like more of??
  • Increase Instagram followers by 80/week — Most weeks I didn’t hit 80, but I did have an increase each week, so I’m still happy there. I know there’s sneaky ways to grow IG like bots and paying for followers, but I don’t want that. I want to increase my followers to increase influence and be able to connect with more people, so slow and steady wins the race.

Daily Goals

  • Prayer + devotional — Achieved 31/31 days
  • Active body — Achieved 26/31 days
  • Meditate —  Achieved 18/31 days
  • Learn at work — Achieved 18/18 days

Looks like good progress to me! I had a good amount of PTO and time off in December which was a huge blessing. Being active and meditating fell off since I got sick. I was focused on resting my body and trying to heal it. It was really nice to just have 4 (or 3 on a non-work day) daily focuses with such a busy month! Note to self, you can’t do it all and do it all well. It was so much better for me to keep these to a minimum so I didn’t get overwhelmed and burnt out. Wellness is important, mental just as much as physical.

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We did it!! We tackled another year. It had ups and downs, but no matter what happened you got through 100% of your hard days. Way to go!! Celebrate those last 365 days and then lets get to work. 2018 has amazing things in store! More goals, encouragement, and other goodies will be coming your way here ❤

What was a favorite moment from 2017?

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