Over the past week as I was beginning to think about my goals for the new year, honestly I was terrified to write any down and to even blog about them. The minute I started thinking about goals my mind immediately went back to all the times in my life this past year I wrote a goal down and didn’t reach it. I looked back at the months life got so busy and I didn’t take time to invest in the things that mattered the most in my life and I kinda felt defeated.
2015 was a crazy year. Full of ups and downs. I learned so much and walked under so much grace as the Lord tenderly led my heart. There were times this past year I felt like I lost myself, I didn’t know who I was, prayer didn’t come easy, and I was in what most would call a “dry” season. Living in moments where nothing seemed to work. It was tough. But grace, sweet grace. During those seasons we learn so much about the heart of Jesus and how much he loves and cares for us. He is never-changing and He is always the same. Many times we think His love is dependent upon what we “do” or how we measure up to what we believe is acceptable. But that is so far from the truth. God is constant and it doesn’t matter how inadequate and how under-qualified you feel, there is still an incredible plan and purpose for your life. When you look back, you realize the hard moments are the ones that changed you , molded you, and pushed you beyond who you thought you could be.
And so for 2016, it’s a new year, a fresh start, and an opportunity to dream again. When I wrote down all my goals I was inspired by Nancy Ray and her blog so I decided to make goals from the most important areas of my life:
And then once I had written these down, I began to think of what I wanted to do and what I wanted to accomplish in 2016. I let myself dream again but one thing I promised I would embrace this year was “imperfect progress” covered in grace. The minute we chase “perfect” the minute we lose days of our lives to worry and anxiety. We are going to fail. We are going to let ourselves down. It’s ok to be imperfect. May we look to purpose rather than perfect and spend this year growing our lives in what matters most. Sometimes life gets messy, people don’t approve. But when our gaze is on Jesus, we find JOY in the mess.
I have a few goals this year that scare me, they are bigger than myself. But I’m going to challenge myself to see “imperfect” as “purposeful.” I would say my biggest goal for January and really this entire year is to get back to the heart of Jesus. To find that intimacy with Him again. To let go of all that I am and place myself back into seeking Him first.
So here’s to 2016 friends!
-Read 12 books (one book each month)
-Run a marathon
-Lead a bible study
-Host a dinner party
-Go camping and hiking in Colorado
-Visit Portland and Washington
-Blog goals each month
-Read the bible everyday focusing on a specific study topic each month
-Memorize a monthly verse
-Live simply and give much away.
-Clean out and simplify my closet
-Develop a capsule wardrobe
-Do another contentment challenge
-Sponsor a child
-Learn to garden, start with a tomato plant and herbs
-Take a calligraphy class
-Rebrand for Empty Buckets and spend this year planning and casting vision
-Save more and spend less
January 2016 goals
-Begin Whole 30
-Social media fast
-Read 20 pages of How to Win Friends & Influence People
-Read the word everyday
-Focus on prayer this month and having a quiet time in the mornings
-Spend 10-15 min in focused prayer each morning
-Start recipe blog
-Finish updating blog
-Practice photography 2x
-Plan one day each week with nothing to do but journal, blog, read
-Get coffee with a friend 1x/week
-Plan an EB retreat
-Plant in a local church and serve