I love goal setting. I love fresh starts and new years. I love planners and calendars and scheduling. I wake up every morning and make a to-do list on my phone so that I can check things off. Part of it is probably my personality, and another part is knowing that you’re 80% more likely to do something if you’ve written it down on a to-do list *insert emoji girl that goes with every emotion I ever have*
So, feeling like the only good reason for January ((since it’s all winter all cold all the time and all my least faves)) is to create new goals and resolutions… I couldn’t wait. But because 2014 held so much more than I could understand, I needed time to process. And in the midst of traveling back up to VA, leaving my family and my love behind ((ugh, long distance under everything amiright?)), I didn’t have time until now. So here I am, over a week late. But here! With a few thoughts on how I’m going into this new beautiful bright year:
Let yourself dream BIG. In fear of failure I’ve always shy’ed away from letting myself have big or “illogical” dreams. And instead I’ve sought out the realistic/ safe routes. But I know I’m made for more than that, so this year I’m letting myself really dream ((for maybe the first time ever)), and getting excited to work hard to make them realities. In the wisdom of Jack Johnson, “don’t let your dreams be dreams.”
Pray circles. Coming out of 2014, I’ve realized I don’t give weight to praying over things I want for my life. For people or provision, sure. But for dreams? I guess I thought it was selfish. But this book changed my perspective, “You’ve got to define the promises God wants you to stake claim to, the miracles God wants you to believe for, and the dreams God wants you to pursue….What if Jesus were to ask you… ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Would you be able to spell out the promises, miracles, and dreams God has put in your heart?’” Before I couldn't answer those questions, but I see now that my lack of prayer is actually a whole lot of pride; and I’m not willing to let that control my dreams when the Lord has so much more for me (!!!)
Create a vision. This year my mom had my sisters and I all create vision boards, for what we wanted our year to look like. Aka Pinterest in real life. Before that though, I had already created an actual Pinterest board of some inspiration and vision for 2015. ((Take a peek here)). Books I want to read, places I want to travel to, projects I want to accomplish. More of a traditional resolution/goal list, in a modern format if you will.
Write it all down. Like I mentioned… write it down and you’ll probably do it. So I spent over a week writing in detail what I want for my family, relationship, creative ventures, etc. What I want for myself spiritually, emotionally, even physically ((I know I know)). And in just letting myself think in detail through everything, I’ll be able to stay on track, stay motivated, and look back at the end of the year and see what I’ve been able to accomplish.
Breathe. Lastly, walking in grace. Being keenly aware that my flesh is so weak, and failure isn’t avoidable. But Jesus. Jesus gives grace upon grace, to pick us up when we fall. And to remind us to just abide in Him. For His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9), and that can give me the encouragement I need to keep going.
Thanks for reading my ramblings,