FIRST I can’t believe it’s February. SECOND Matt and I celebrate one year of marriage this month!! God is SO SO good. Marriage has been the absolute sweetest but has also challenged me deeply. It’s taught me so much about myself while helping me realize how much grace I need on a daily basis. My husband has been such an incredible representation of Christ and even though we have had our share of struggles I love him more and more each day.
For the new year Matt and I decided to take a little ONE year anniversary/Babymoon getaway to Hawaii so when Jan 1st hit I was busy packing and boarding a flight so I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and reflect on last year while making a few goals for myself. One thing I read today is that a new beginning and a new start don’t have to be Jan 1st. It can be the start of a brand new week or the start of a month or really any new day is a brand new start and new beginning. So if you’re like me realizing it’s Feb 1st and you’ve done nothing, you are not alone and it’s not too late!! I’ve realized how much pressure I’ve put on myself with goals and starting the new year out “right” that I end up not doing anything at all. So I’m truly thankful for a new day, a few hours to sit down and reflect, and a new year (even though it’s Feb 1st, haha). For me this year I need SIMPLE because we will be adding a new little member to our family in May and as a new mom I know I’m going to need EVERYTHING with the word SIMPLE in it! haha. I’m gonna strive for giving myself grace and releasing the pressure and doing what I can. Like right now I have a list of things running through my head of what needs to get done and what I have yet to accomplish. BUT as I pause and reflect, I want to realize this year that I really am OK where I’m at, that I’m doing the very best I can do, and know in my heart that I AM ENOUGH.
Word for 2018 // MOVE
Matt and I have been praying a little bit leading up to this year and we believe our word for this year is MOVE. As we looked back at 2017 we went through tons of change and LOTS of transition. We got married, moved in together, traveled to China and many other places, put some dreams on hold, found out we are expecting our first baby (we couldn’t be more excited!!), struggled through months and months of sickness (pregnancy nausea hit me hard!!), moved twice, bought our first home, and Matt started a new job. We never really could catch our breath in one transition before there was another one. So really we just tried our best to keep our head above the water. We set a lot of goals and had a lot of dreams that we would talk about but they remained stagnant and we never pushed ourselves to move on them. As we walked through this I began to struggle with my identity because the dreamer in me loves to move and act, to push things forward. But the Lord had us in a season to not move beyond the dreams and desires within our hearts. So 2018 is a year of BIG prayers, moving, and acting on those dreams that He is reigniting again within us.
Dreams and Goals for 2018 //
Be more intentional.
Go deep FIRST in the Lord.
More love, Less fear.
More Prayer, Less Self-pity.
More purpose, Less deadlines.
Read 8 books this year.
Meet our sweet baby boy and learn this thing called motherhood.
Grow YL team.
Run a half-marathon 6 months post baby.
Return to Africa.
Feb 2018 Goals //
CELEBRATE ONE YEAR OF MARRIAGE!!
Attend the OX Marriage Conference at Gateway. So excited!!
Read “Stronger than the Struggle” and “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.”
Social Media/phone free mornings.
Complete natural birth class.
Paint nursery and set up crib.
Clean photos up on phone. Organize personal photos on hardrive.
Barre/yoga 3x per week. Run 2x a week (ya’ll have you tried Barre3?? It’s AMAZING and i’m addicted!!).
Join a MOPS group.
Pray for our babies name this month.
Start a small group in our home.
Post a favorite pregnancy recipe this month.
Date night 1x per week.