Ok guys, I can’t let the first few days of 2017 pass without talking to you about my goals and intentions for the new year. Cliche, right? I debated on whether or not to even share this post, but I want my blog to be a place where I not only talk about the things I love–like vintage decor, design, and DIY–but I want you to get to know me a bit too. Now I’ve already mentioned that I’m not really into the whole resolutions thing. But I do love the idea of setting goals for myself. A new year is the perfect time to reset, get a fresh start, and evaluate where things are headed. I love the challenge of taking a hard look at the past year and figuring out ways to making the coming year even better. What did I do well? What did I struggle with? I think it’s a really powerful process and I always get excited for this time of year!
I have about 221 goals and things I want to see happen this year, but here are the top things I really want to focus on:
- be a time management ninja. I need a big dose of time management in my life soooo bad. Now that I’m at home full-time with my kiddos and blogging, I gotta get my act together when it comes to managing my time. I absolutely love working on my blog–I literally do it 7 days a week. It’s not only become my job, but it truly brings me so much enjoyment.. But the truth is I need to find a way to become more efficient AND productive with my days. Balance is the goal here. I’m still working on figuring out how to do this, but I think the first step will be getting up a few hours earlier than my kiddos on weekdays. That quiet time will allow me to get a good chunk of work done, without feeling like I’m taking time away from them.
- memorize the word. A few months ago I watched the movie War Room with my mom. It really changed the way I look at my prayer life and motivated me to get stronger in my faith–particularliy when it comes memorizing scripture. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really done this. Sure, I have one or two key verses in my heart, but that’s about it. Pathetic, I know. This coming year I want to memorize two verses a month. I’ve started writing down the verses I want to memorize and taping them up around the house. I have one hanging in my bathroom, one on the refrigerator, and several taped to the wall next to my bed. I want to see those words throughout my day and get them embedded into my heart.
- keep pushing. This past year was huge for me in terms of pushing myself. I’ve talked about it a lot in recent posts, here and here, so I won’t go into it again right now. But 2016 was about overcoming fear, my own self-doubt, and pushing myself to do things I’ve never done. Now don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with those things at times. I still have moments of feeling like I can’t do it. Or I’m not good enough. It happens, but my goal for 2017 is to keep squashing that little voice that wants to bring me down. Keep pushing forward, keep working, keep believing in myself, and keep following my heart.
And then there’s this little thing happening…
Baby #3 is set to arrive in July 2017! We are so grateful for this little blessing and I seriously cannot wait for July! I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about transitioning to a family of FIVE. I hear once you’re outnumbered it’s a total game changer–but I know it will be the best kind of crazy. There is nothing I love more in this world than being a mother and I know this little one will make it all even sweeter!
Well friends, that’s what I’ve got cookin’ for 2017. So many amazing things coming up and I’m just so darn excited about the new year. I’m really determined to stick with my goals and make 2017 the best yet. I hope you feel the same way as we start this new year. Grab life by the horns and make it what you want, no one can do it but YOU. So choose joy, do the things you love, and give yourself a little grace along the way.
Thank you all SO much for being here and supporting my blog this past year. I seriously cannot express how much I appreciate each and every one of you. What goals do you have for the new year? I’d love to hear it!